Before kids, I was a hard-core athlete. I LOVED to run, to push myself, to get the adrenaline flowing. Running was my favorite activity; I’d lace on the sneakers, grab my Walkman (I told you, BEFORE kids. Like a long time ago, when cassettes were still a thing.), and hit the streets for a few miles.
The Captain and I even joined a gym together shortly after we got married, because that’s what cute, childless, yuppie couples do. And I was introduced to…
I still vividly remember walking confidently up to the bank of treadmills that faced the mirrored wall. Two older, heavier women were strolling side by side on adjacent treadmills, chatting away.
In my mind, clearly, non-athletes.
(This story will prove that “my mind” was judgy & stupid.)
So I jumped on the open treadmill & easily pounded out two miles at a good pace, because, as I said, I was an athlete who apparently had something to prove to two nice woman that were oblivious to my speed.
Turns out, good thing the two nice women were indeed NICE & NOT oblivious…
Because I hadn’t mastered the art of, you know, STOPPING the treadmill.
And tried to plant my feet on the sides of the treadmill without, you know, STOPPING the treadmill.
And the two women I had tried to… – speed-shame? – came to my aid by turning the treadmill off & lifting my awkwardly splayed limbs off the floor. Like this:
This was pre-YouTube days. And I’m thankful for that.
So it’s fair to say that I avoided treadmills for a long time, preferring to run outdoors, or, not run, pretty much, ever.
After our first three kids were born, my running was limited to tearing across the living room to dive-catch a toddler cup spilling in slow motion. Or running to the car, keys in hand, when I was able to grocery shop, ALONE.
But The Captain suggested that I invest in a treadmill, so I could continue to enjoy running, without actually running away.
A few Craigslists ads later found me in the garage of a very nice gentleman who happened to be selling his elderly dad’s treadmill. The treadmill was in like-new condition, a real bargain, and they were both kindly urging me to give it a try.
So I hopped on as the son enthusiastically reviewed its features; he demonstrated how you can increase the speed by hitting such-and-such… & the pace quickened to a brisk walk as he jabbed buttons. He continued to explain its functions, while absentmindedly increasing the speed, & my legs began pumping as I nodded….
Did I mention that he was hard of hearing? Because that’s important.
It’s important because it took him THREE times to hear me <politely> shout-
“PLEA- SEE SLOWW IT DOOOWNN…”
In all fairness, it was hard for me to form words because I was running so fast.
But needless to say, we bought the treadmill, because obviously it worked, really REALLY well.
And I’ve missed running, because I really do love it. But I found that running alone, in your dark basement, kind of feels like…
running alone, in your dark basement.
With your creeper of a cat glaring at you (or in this case, MY creeper of a cat.)
(Thankfully my running terrified the cat into dashing off, though perhaps it was my gasps for air that alarmed her more.)
But the treadmill has come in handy many times through its years here… because with this many people crammed into our house, places to nap are apparently in short supply. Or so it seems, based on what I saw when I went downstairs to tackle some laundry:
With six kids, I now finally have the type of treadmill I think I really wanted.© Copyright 2017 Six Pack Mom, All rights Reserved. Written For: Six Pack Mom