Well, I did it. I completed my long run on the treadmill on Saturday afternoon. Here are some thoughts from my Christmas Eve treadmill (almost) half marathon.
Minute 0 – This treadmill can’t be set for distance, only time?!? And it maxes out at 60 minutes?
Minute 1 - How many channels are there? If TV package no longer includes Fox I may kill someone. Most likely myself
Minute 3 - FINALLY I found the game. And the Redskins are losing. Excellent.
Minute 10 - This isn’t so bad. Why do I stay away from the treadmill?
Minute 12 - These announcers are horrible.
Minute 15 - I hate the treadmill. Could time go by any slower? It’s going to be LONG afternoon.
Minute 20 - I should probably bump up the pace here...or just wait until 30 minutes instead.
Minute 25 – These socks are making my legs really hot. Why did I chose to test them out inside?
Minute 30 - Speeding up!
Minute 40 - Why does Honey Stinger make this package so hard to open? It says “tear here” yet it seems to be impenetrable
Minute 42 - I’m really not going to get this open.
Minute 44 - Ugh. That took long enough. Now I remember why I always pre-tear the packages.
Minute 45 - Fruit Smoothie flavor is quite nice.
Minute 52 - I really wish the treadmill wasn’t stopping in 8 minutes. It’s going to be really hard to force myself to restart it. Also, why is halftime so long? This is boring, though that Cincinnati touchdown was pretty cool.
Minute 60 - 6.35 miles done. Cancel cool down, push lots of buttons, please restart faster!!!
Minute 61 - I have to do this all over again and then some. Can I pick up the pace to fit in 6.8 miles in this hour? Probably not…
Minute 70 - Oh man, that Adrian Peterson knee injury looked REALLY bad.
Minute 75 – I should really practice tweeting while running. That would be a good skill for Goofy. Except I probably am not coordinated enough for treadmill tweeting.
Minute 80 - Time for another snack! And I guess I'll pick up the pace again.
Minute 84 - #$!#%!@% Almost went flying off the back of the treadmill. Totally distracted by that 67 yard run by Toby Gerhart. Why can’t the Redskins tackle?
Minute 93 - How did the Redskins blow out the Giants last week and look so bad this week?
Minute 100 - I probably don’t really need to run 13.1 miles. I mean is there really a reason to run a Christmas Eve half marathon? 1.1 miles won’t make or break Goofy...right?
Minute 101 - But a treadmill half marathon just sounds so much nicer.
Minute 105 - No, 13 is too far. And completely unnecessary. What do I need to get to on this leg to get to 12? Running math is so hard…
Minute 110 - I can’t stay on this treadmill another 9+ minutes. I should be able to do anything for 10 minutes, but I just can’t.
Minute 111 – And…5.65 miles. I’m done. Unfortunately, it appears that the Redskins are too. This was not one of my better ideas. At least I don't have to do a long run on Monday now.