Running on a treadmill
I think running on a treadmill is one of the hardest things out there. There are several reasons for this
- It's boring: unless you are watching TV, you are seeing same things over and over
- It smells: Since you are indoors, there's no fresh air. And since you are sweating, it's going to smell like sweat. Yeah that'll be the only odor present around you
- It's boring 2: There, not much of a variance in course itself. Yes, you can adjust speed and inclination, but that does not come any closer to running outdoors
For these reasons, running on a treadmill is draining. It's more mentally draining than physically draining, which aggravates fatigue.
Today, I was planning on running for 20 minutes.
The first 10 minutes have been okay, but the real challenge began once I hit the 10-minute mark. Then I started rationalizing.
"Do I really need to run for 10 more minutes? It's not like its going to have a huge impact. I'm not going to lose another pound for running an extra 600 seconds"
But at the same time, a more rational side of me encouraged and challenged me.
"Dude, if you can't run for an extra 10 minutes, what else can you do in life. I know its hard, but is it really that hard? If you can't do this, what kind of shareholder value are you adding to this world?"
So for the remaining time, my thoughts alternated back and forth while my mind and body were going through this extreme boredom and some physical pain.
In the end, I managed to run for 20 minutes. I'm not going to lie and it was really hard.
But at the same time, I felt a little sense of accomplishment too. Yes, it's only 1/3 of an hour, it's not a big deal but I think small things like this will build up and teach me the value of perseverance along the way.