Friday, October 21, 2011

The Treadmill Movie

Since moving a few years ago to a smaller space, I had to give up my beloved treadmill and make a drastic change in my running routine.  After spending years running on the treadmill, I switched to running outside, and have since grown to love it.  The fresh air, the sun, and the scenery are really wonderful, but let’s get back to the treadmill.   

I would run on it for about an hour each day.  I ran so many miles, I actually burned one out!  The treadmill was especially useful on those crazy hot or cold days when I didn’t want to venture out, or in the rain and the snow when it just wasn’t safe.  On those days I knew my treadmill was waiting for me in the basement.  Also when my treadmill was in the basement, I was free of time restrictions.   I used to run before work, starting my workout at 5:00am.  Since I didn’t need to be at work until 8:30am, I was able complete my run before my family even woke up.

At times though, running on the treadmill could be boring.  To counter this, I installed a TV with a DVD player and a DVR cable box.  I would record movies or TV shows to watch during my runs.  That’s when I discovered “Treadmill Movies.”  These are movies with intense actions scenes of about 10-20 minutes in length.  My favorite of these types of movies are the “Fast and Furious” series.  But my favorite scene is from the beginning of “War of the Worlds” when the aliens start to attack and destroy.  This captivating scene takes close to 20-25 minutes.  I imagined myself in the movie trying to escape from the aliens!  I saved this movie on the DVR for months as a standby when I needed an extra boost.

In addition to the “Treadmill Movie”, I also recommend motivational movies to accompany your run.  “Run for Your Life", documented the history of the New York Marathon, and inspired me to set new running goals.  Also, Ultra-marathon man. A story about Dean Karnazes quest to run 50 marathons in 50 days in all 50 states. 

Quick tip about fast forwarding commercials during a run.  Most 30 minute shows are only about 22 minutes and one hour shows are about 44 minutes.

What movies or TV shows get you through your workout?

Run for Your Life

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