I think treadmills get a bum rap. To me, running is running. I love it so much (hence all my semi-giddy race photos — I swear I look as genuinely happy in those as I do in my wedding pictures) that where I do it doesn’t much matter.
I especially like the treadmill for speed workouts. I don’t subscribe to the “put it at at least a 1 incline to mimic wind resistance” theory. First, I’d rather just go faster, and second, I think part of my foot injury was exacerbated by running on the treadmill at an incline of 4. Something about how the belt pulled back on my foot.
Using the treadmill for speed workouts ensures I don’t get lazy on hitting my pace targets. This is especially good on the last few repeats when my body tells me it wants to slow down. So long as my form isn’t getting sloppy, it makes me stick with a difficult workout.
However, I do have a secret weapon for dealing with the monotonous view during treadmill runs: I watch TV shows or movies. At home, I can use our TV set up conveniently in front of the treadmill. At the Y, I just bring my iPad and watch via Netflix.
The weather has been ultra-crappy for awhile now, so all but 5 of my runs in the past month have been on the treadmill. I’ve been watching Breaking Bad to pass the time.
Man, is this show ever good.
I would think that I’d most identify with Walter White, the high school chemistry teacher turned meth chef. He was a chemistry superstar once upon a time, and while his Nobel Prize winning partner got rich off his work, Walter has been under-achieving in his life. As someone with an Ivy League MBA I’m not using and still paying off, I can relate.
I also get how Walter thrives on being a badass, even as he tries to deny it to himself.
But it’s Walt’s loser sidekick, Jesse Pinkman who I like the best. Maybe it’s his addiction, his perpetual screw ups, the panic that he tries to drown out with external stimuli that I understand. Maybe it’s because he seems so lost like I often feel. I’m not sure what it is, but I feel like he’s someone who’d be a decent guy under different circumstances. I worry about him, want him to get clean, find a nice girl who isn’t an addict. I really like how great he is with kids.
Plus he gets all the funniest lines.
I’m through episode 4 in season 4 and I can’t wait to see what happens. I’ve been covering my ears against spoilers, although I do know lots of people thought the ending was great.
Anticipation for the next episode has made getting on the treadmill easier. Still, I’m looking forward to getting outside to run in Florida this coming weekend. It looks like the forecast is for the 60s.
So, what should I watch next when Breaking Bad is done? Anyone else like the treadmill, or am I just a freak?