The past week, I’ve had to stick close to home to be near Blue as he has a wound that is having a heck of a time healing. Trying to keep a 2-year-old Aussie reasonably calm is well, just about impossible. He’s bandaged and is wearing the cone of shame. Keeping the bandage in place is not easy. But, because I am the mommy he loves oh so much, if I am near him, he is mostly calm. He likes to snuggle, it makes him happy.
Because of this ordeal, I have not been running. When I got home yesterday afternoon, hubby asked if I was going to go run. I said NO. How was I supposed to when I have to keep Mr. Saucy Pants calm? Leaving right after I just got home is a sure-fire way to get him all wound up when he shouldn’t be. No thank you. But then I started to feel guilty. I have to do something, I have to be creative.
Fortunately this past weekend, I cleaned our spare bedroom and uncovered the treadmill. I haven’t used the treadmill in ages. I used to love the treadmill and I went on it all the time. Then I decided I enjoyed the outdoors much better and it made me feel better. I keep the treadmill for times like this, when I have to use it as it’s my only option. Or if it’s raining a lot which it can do here in the summertime.
Couple things about me and the treadmill. I can’t just get on it and go. I have to either read a magazine or a book, which slows me down and I get a headache. Or I have to watch TV. Music in my ears won’t even do the trick. Staring at the wall in front of me does nothing and it makes it drag on forever. We used to have a TV and DVD player in that room and I watched all 10 seasons of F.R.I.E.N.D.S.for the umpteenth million time at one point during my treadmill days. But alas, the TV is gone from that room.
BUT!! I have a Kindle Fire and Netflix. I decided to give that a whirl and see how it goes. I selected a TV movie that we had DVR’d and that had mysteriously disappeared before I was able to watch it. Which one you ask? Stephen King’s Bag of Bones that was recently on A&E. I was all set.
I am pleased to say that I walked for an hour. Watching the movie made it fly by. I also worked up a pretty good sweat, walking at an 18:45 pace. Not super fast, but I was moving. Another thing I don’t like to do is run on the treadmill. I feel it much more in my knees when I do. So, if I’m on the treadmill, it’s all about walking.
I can’t say that I’ll use the treadmill a lot because ultimately I prefer to be outside. But until I can get back to that regularly, the treadmill is a very good option, especially with my Kindle Fire and Netflix. And honestly, I can’t wait to go on it again to finish watching part 1 of the movie and then starting part 2. I’ll have to do 3 hours on the treadmill to finish the whole thing!