I have never been a big fan of running on treadmills and those were in the best of situations, with TVs, headphones allowed, and plenty of good ventilation. I hate having to manipulate my pace by hand and that I can’t zone out or else I might accidentally step off the treadmill.
So it was to my deep dismay when I learned that all running where I am would have to be done on a treadmill. A treadmill tucked into a corner and facing a wall with a 1980’s-era poster demonstrating abdominal workouts and the muscles used.
I tried my favorite songs. I tried podcasts. Every mile was an achievement. Running became the hardest form of cardio I could do because the boredom factor was so high.
Mercifully, we moved.
And even better, at my new place I can run outside. I don’t think I’ve ever been so glad to be outside in my life. Yesterday for the first time since I’ve been here I got to run outside. I was so excited. My pace was pretty slow, it was kind of hot out, and at one point a helicopter landed nearby and I got all sorts of dust thrown onto me and inhaled into my lungs, but there was a breeze out that took away my sweat, I got to watch planes take off and land, I took in the beautiful mountains that surround me and it was one of the most satisfying runs of my entire life.
I did a second run today and it was equally wonderful. I also petted a dog who was looking around for scraps and for water. She was cautious but did seem to sort of enjoy the petting.
I’m planning a trip to Japan for my R&R and noticed that the Tokyo Marathon happened to be about the same time. I thought that was too good to pass up so I booked a trip through a travel agent and I’ll be running my first international marathon and my first World Marathon Major next spring. I’m very excited, though not as excited for how I am going to have to try to squeeze in the training, but I am also having fun planning the rest of our trip. I am definitely planning visits to the Studio Ghibli Museum, Tokyo Disney and DisneySea, and as many fountain pen stores as I can find to drag P to.