Saturday, December 19, 2015

The treadmill makes me sick

I have a treadmill problem.  Besides hating it, that is.  More often than not, if I am forced to run on that machine of boredom, I feel really nauseated afterwards; sometimes I've had to leave the gym because of this.  I suppose this is some sort of inner ear problem, but I prefer not to delve too deeply;  I'd rather run anywhere else than on the dreadmill.

I peered out the window this morning.  It had snowed the day before, but surely the enthusiastic neighborhood dog walkers had packed down the nearby trails.  The other option was the road, which I dislike almost as much as the treadmill.  So I put on ice spikes and headed out.

As I entered the woods I could tell it was going to be a challenge.  A few people had walked the trails, but they had only churned up the four new inches of snow.  My second clue was the cross country skier I ran into.  She looked at me quizzically; what was a runner doing out here if there was enough snow to ski on? I was wondering also, but I slogged on.

Because here's the thing.  Not only was I avoiding the gym, but there was something else that kept me from turning around.  A few days ago, a young co-worker was injured in a snowmobile accident at work.  Although we have friends in common, we are only acquaintances; we see each other often at the office and on the fireline, and he always has a friendly word for me.  Now he is in the hospital and he can't feel his legs. 

Running today was difficult.  I stumbled through the snow and footprints, feeling like I was running in slow motion.  But I kept thinking, he can't do this. He might never be able to do this again.  And I kept going.


8 comments:

  1. Oh, I avoid the "dreadmill" at all costs! It's gotta be really horrible conditions outdoors (ie icy streets) before I'll resort to running on that instrument of torture! :) And using the treadmill is the only time I listen to music while running.

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    1. Yes, and even then the ice has to be too bad for ice spikes! I don't get how some people run on the treadmill ALL THE TIME...even when it's beautiful outside.

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  2. Yes...it is good to be reminded to be grateful for what we CAN do. Sure do hope your colleague recovers and that his friends and acquaintances can provide visits, encouragement and support.

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    1. They are moving to a really good spinal clinic so I hope they can help him there.

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  3. Powerful reason to keep going. Prayers for your co-worker. I also feel you about the dreadmill. Worst runs ever happen on that horrible machine...

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    1. Thanks Leigh, we are all thinking good thoughts for him. He is so young.

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  4. I'm with you about the treadmill. Hate it!

    You know....the story of your co-worker reminds us to push forward because someone else can't! Someone else is DEFINITELY feeling more pain that we do when we are trudging through the snow!

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    1. So true. I think of that all the time now.

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