Hello, treadmill, my old friend.
I've come to fight with you again.
"It's been 84 years, and I can still smell the fresh sweat."
Nothing fresh about how I was after my first treadmill workout in I think 11 or so months.
The rain and the wind conspired against me today and I decided it was time to suck it up and hit the Y. I never let my membership lapse during the shutdown. I'm fully vaccinated & past the two-week mark. I had no excuse.
My mortal enemy was waiting for me. Standing absolutely still, arms thrust out as if welcoming back into the Thunderdome with enthusiasm & a cold and unfeeling stare almost daring me to take move forward.
After a few seconds of a silent standoff, I took the first step and then another and then another.
It wasn't pleasant. The machine mocked me and tried to get me to give up before my planned 5K.
About 1.5 miles in, I realized I forgot to bring a water bottle.
At the 2-mile mark, I noticed a couple of EMTs heading in my direction. My God, did someone call 911 because I look like I'm about to go into cardiac arrest? Sweat poured from my forehead and my whole body thanks to no fans and no AC due to safety restrictions. My breathing was a bit labored, but until then I thought I was holding my own. Perhaps this was a bad idea after all.
The EMTs walked by me and tended to a young woman, who was fine but apparently dehydrated.
I did not stop to watch the drama unfold behind me. I knew if I did, I'd be done.
For a while, it was a tug of war. I may have slowed down a few times, but I would not let this glorified rubber band running in circles throw me off like a slingshot.
At the end of 50 minutes, I shut it down. Workout complete.
Soaked shirt, slightly wobbly legs, and a renewed appreciation for running outdoors--but I can claim victory in today's battle.
The lady at the desk handed me a bottle of water. She said one 911 call was enough for the day.
I hope it doesn't rain tomorrow is all I'm saying.
I'm Marie. I'm working toward a 200 lb. weight loss goal. I'm doing it with baby steps. Follow my journey here.