Friday, October 23, 2009

Treadmill running

Good news is I finally got a relatively pain free run in... 3 miles!!! Bad news is that I had to accomplish it on a treadmill.

I know a lot of people aren't big fans of treadmill running... I mean us runners have enough of a hard time explaining why we would wake up early on a Sunday to run for 20 miles and in the end wind up at the same place where we started, but my treadmill issues run deeper than the normal hamster wheel syndrome...

I'm not sure if anyone remembers Jim Carrey impersonating a velociraptor back in his "In Living Color" days but if you do you'd have a pretty good impression of how I look on a treadmill... see simulation below

Notice how the creatures arms are held up high and right in front of its chest? Yep, that's me... See my problem is that I have an unreasonable phobia that at any given moment I'm going to go flying off the back of the treadmill (must of watched too much America's Funniest Videos as a child). To counteract my fear I wind up running as close to the front of the treadmill as possible and because I'm short, 5' 8" (read 5' 6"), if I don't raise my hands up into velociraptor form I wind up banging my knuckles against the treadmill hand grips... The result is not graceful, dynamic, or comfortable!!!

Unfortunately, since I live in the Mid-west and hate going outside when the weather dips below 50 degrees it looks like I'm going to have to overcome my fears... either that or come to terms with my inner velociraptor.

To round out this post I leave you with a Youtube video of my greatest nightmare!!!


  1. LMAO!!!!!!!! Loved the In Living Color reference as well! FYI - I HATE the dreadmill and can't run on one if I tried... forget looking like a velociraptor, I look like an uncoordinated dofus.

  2. I have been treadmilling it and find my form very good. I guess some have better luck at it. I love the treadmill. Can't say Ive had any spills (yet). The video was hilarious.