March 2021 Slice of Life challenge
Back in the day when I was able to run whenever I wanted I hated the treadmill. I would always choose to run outside no matter the weather. Well, actually I do have a weather threshold. If the wind-chill is below zero then I’ll stay inside and watch some trashy TV that I cannot rationalize unless I am running hard on the treadmill.
But this day was different. It was my first time back on this darn thing in years. I felt excited even privileged to be running on what I used to call the conveyor belt of hell. From my seat on the recumbent bike I use to look at the treadmill runners and wish it was me with my headphones in my ears, feet pounding and watching some crappy TV show. I always wondered why these treadmill runners didn’t choose to go outside instead. I made a judgement thinking how crazy they must be, especially when the weather outside was nice.
Now I look at it from a different perspective. Maybe they were starting a new exercise routine or healing from an injury like me or maybe just maybe they love running on the treadmill. This time I wondered who was watching ME as I ran on the treadmill. Were they jealous of me or do they just think I’m crazy too!