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Thursday, December 22, 2011

Running with the Redskins

With it being a holiday weekend, my schedule is a little crazy and the only options I have for fitting in my long run are Saturday afternoon or Monday morning.  I'm hoping to get in a short Christmas Day run, but I don't think there will be enough time for 13 miles.

Saturday afternoon also happens to be when the Redskins play the Vikings in a game that is likely to be bad in every way possible.  Yet as a dedicated fan (read - this is an addiction I can't break), I still want to watch.  So I started to think, is it possible to get in my run and follow the game?  I determined there are two options.  I can run outside while lugging my giant old school Walkman so I can listen to the game on the radio or I can run on the treadmill and watch the game on TV.  I am not exactly on friendly terms with the treadmill and haven't been on one since sometime last winter.  But maybe the game would be enough of a distraction for me to complete my longest treadmill run ever? 




Love of Redskins > Hate of treadmill?

Now I almost feel like I have to try it, just to see if I can.  If Michael Wardian can run a treadmill marathon during an Orioles game, I can manage to complete a half during a Redskins game. Right?

And besides, it will offer plenty of opportunities for the running version of drinking games.
Take a gu every time Rex Grossman throws an interception (at least I'll be well fueled?)
Shots of water every time the Redskins defense gives up a big play?
Increase the treadmill speed if the Vikings score?
What else?

Really, the possibilities are endless.  And I'm pretty sure yelling at the TV is an excellent way to make new gym friends.

10 comments:

Beth said...

hahaha, that is going to be quite the show. If you increase your speed every time the vikings score, you'll have your fastest run yet! (Sorry... but true)

321delish.com said...

This TOTALLY could be a way to get long runs done in the winter! Get it!

speedlaces said...

I LOVE the idea of a running game! That might almost be enough to get *me* on the treadmill...

Katie said...

OMG. I'd rather be shot than run on a TM, but good luck...

ImTheMarigold said...

HILARIOUS ideas! That is a long time to be on a treadmill but it sounds like you have an entertaining plan. I need to get in a run at the gym at least one run this weekend as well, though not nearly long. Treadmill buddies!

Elizabeth said...

I think it's a good idea. I've done many a long run on the treadmill and it's prepared me well for past marathons. This gives you the best of both worlds. Go for it!

Sarah said...

Ugg... good luck running that long on the treadmill! I would dvr the game and watch it later..ahahaha

Kathryn said...

I too am a chronic Redskins Fan (I feel ya).

Do you have an iPhone or smartphone? If so, there is an app called Skins Radar that will find and broadcast the closest radio station that's playing the game. That can free you of the treadmill!

ultrarunnergirl said...

Girl, you take the win for masochistic runner of the year. Two hours on the treadmill while watching a Redskins game? How about I come over and poke sticks in your eye when you need a little bit of enjoyment in your day? ;)

Dash said...

I hope you did it and the drinking game!! Those are fabulous ideas. Too bad the skins sucked. Hope your Xmas was very Merry!