The dreadmill and I have been trying to come to an understanding as of late. Really. I’m trying not to act like it’s full of venom that will kill me and it is…not killing me? (At least as far as I can tell…but who knows – perhaps the gym has installed time-release venomous treadmills.)
I went to the gym on Saturday and was watching the Kona Ironman on t.v. and just running based on feel. Well, I was actually feeling pretty fantastic which NEVER happens on the dreadmill so I was in my happy-runner zone and not paying attention to time, speed, cals, etc. (Since Kona Ironman is pretty frickin’ inspiring I’m sure that had a lot to do with it.)
I was at a medium pace for quite some time, inched up the pace a bit more when the ad breaks ended 😉 and then I decided “why not throw a little burst of intervals in here?” to which my brain responded high on endorphins: “YES! You’re running and still feeling like a tub-o-lard because the IM is on. If they can do this you can handle some intervals.” Ooohhh brain, when will you learn what a jinx is?
It was going GREAT for the first couple of sets….and then…as Craig Alexander is summoning the last bit of his energy on the run portion and Mr. Ironman Narrator is talking about strength and I’m trying to push myself…my headphone wire gets tangled on the quick release strap of the treadmill. I didn’t think this was much of a worry because I still had ample slack on my headphones so I just tried to unhook it. Even though the thing is NOT attached to me the combination my fumbling and attempting to keep pace while untangling the wires pulls the emergency stop out. BLOODY HELL! The treadmill stops whirring….and my feet hop onto the side panels.
The guy on the treadmill closest to me starts laughing. ::sigh:: I was in the zone. ON A TREADMILL. Figures. Of course, my sweaty hands could not seem to put the emergency stop back in place without trying 47594597459 times. Needless to say, I never got back into the groove although I did finish my run respectably.
I think treadmills and I will just have to settle at the “tolerate each other” level of running exploits. We were so close….