I am a treadmill evangelist. I love my treadmill. I don’t care what anyone says about it being boring or monotonous. There have been many times when my treadmill is my only saving running grace.
Today was one of those days. And it’s not because I waited to long to run and didn’t want to venture into the night. Nope.
It’s because my air conditioner kicked on in my house immediately after I woke up.
That means my house was already 85-degrees. At 8 a.m.
I tried to put myself together quick to GET OUT THE DOOR AND RUN BEFORE IT GOT HOTTER. About a half mile from my house, still within my neighborhood, but almost out to my six-mile loop trail, I pulled out the metaphorical white flag.
I surrendered to the heat.
And I went home, into my air conditioned formal living room, grabbed a box fan from my bedroom and turned the small one I keep near my treadmill on and finished my run.
Then I confessed to it on Twitter.
I’m not sorry. I’ve spent the past two 100+ temperature days hydrating my little butt off and yet my calves cramped up like there was no tomorrow as I ran through my neighborhood. Coming off a massive misuse and mistreatment of my left hip and I wasn’t willing to do anymore damage.
I hopped on the treadmill and ran through nearly two episodes of “Clean House” on Netflix (I love the way Niecy Nash looks at the clutterbugs and says “Take me to your foolishness!”).
Two hours later, I snapped a picture of my yet-to-be-disassembled partial setup.
Both of those fans were on. And the sun was the opposite direct this morning so the treadmill didn’t get that much heat.
There are multiple heat warnings going out today from municipalities, including my small 80,000-person city of Tracy. Officials took to Twitter today to encourage people to go, of all places, the cool mall. Or the local transit center on the other side of town.
If local officials are encouraging people to seek shelter from the heat, I’m keeping my two-fan, Netflix setup for my shorter run tomorrow. At least inside I don’t have to worry about reapplying sunscreen.
Especially considering this is just the beginning of the heat streak.
Yes. I’m totally good with my treadmill right now.