• Running Free

    Posted on April 27, 2011 by in Uncategorized

    I spent my lunch hour one day this week looking at gyms.  I am having to change gyms and so I have been shopping around.  I don’t really enjoy the gym.  I like what is does for me but I get no joy out of going.  Watching others working out yesterday reminded me of why.  I was watching those on treadmills, stationary bikes and all the machines that go nowhere and it reminded me of why I love to run outside.

    I know what treadmills are for and how they are used but I began to think last night about how they can become reality for so many people.  How many people spend all of their time running and going as fast as they can and yet go nowhere.  The is plenty of action and plenty of motion but all their time is spent going around and around.  As I ran outside yesterday and felt the same freedom as I always do it gave me time to think about.  The vastness of the sky and clouds and the challenge of the hills and temps are all a part of it.  More than anything I know I am moving forward.  I can see progress.

    That always presents a big challenge with a treadmill, you are working hard but you see no movement.  That gave me some good think time during my run yesterday to look at areas in my life where I am working hard but not moving forward.  What do I need to do in those areas to get off the mill and start moving forward?

    Just a little running thought.

    Happy running….

4 Responses so far.

  1. @running2bfit says:

    Same reason I don’t like the treadmill…all the effort and NO forward progress. Good thought provoking post.

  2. Dirk says:

    Wow. Yes, I feel exactly the same. I don’t even go to gyms and to compensate for that with little watches that alert me when I leave a certain speed and with heart rate monitors.

    However, it never occurred to me to take a step back as you did and think about it with an eye on life.

    • tbrush3 says:

      I enjoy just taking all the gadgets off and running for the fun of it from time to time. I agree Dirk

  3. FairwayRunner says:


    Thank you for the post. Next lunch hour, consider spending it on a run outside as I do. Getting up from your desk, liberating yourself from the e-mail tether, and “running free” for an hour really improves the 2nd half of the day.