Choosing Enjoyment

This morning I chose running in sleet covered sidewalks over the treadmill. I had my Stableicers on and my pup Ziggy, sloshing through three slow miles. The Stableicers felt like 5 lb weights on my feet, and Ziggy tends to zig zag everywhere as he’s easily distracted. It was not conditions to worry about pace.

I’m okay with not worrying about pace, but, I do want to break six hours in a 70.3 this year. Maybe I should be choosing treadmill intervals over a more enjoyable but slower run outside. On the other hand, it’s only February, my first 70.3 of the season isn’t until June. I can argue with myself over could/should have/do all day.

On Saturday I chose cross country skiing over a long run. Know what? I’m glad I did. It was so perfectly beautiful outside and it was quality time with my little family, spouse and two dogs. And now, only five days later all of our snow has turned into crud. It rained on Sunday, and yesterday we were snubbed by a blizzard and got some heavy, wet sleet that probably isn’t doing the ski trails any good.


Then on Sunday, instead of two hours on the trainer, I went to an indoor cycling event that I committed to a few weeks ago. The event is called #ArtVelo, where there’s spin-bikes set up in the windows of the Madison Contemporary Art Museum. At first when I saw the sign up I thought “Nah, I don’t want to wake up early on Sunday” but then I thought when else would I get a chance to be art? It’s not every day that you get to ride indoors inside of one of Madison’s most beautiful buildings.


Again, I’m glad I chose #ArtVelo over a two hour trainer ride at home. I went out of my comfort zone, met some new people, dripped sweat in the windows of an art museum, and it was awesome.

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  1. That’s really cool. What a great use of that space. As far as the slower run outside, sometimes you just need that. When I’m not busy injuring myself I tend to do most of my runs outside and save speedwork for the treadmill.


  2. That’s so cool – art and working out – what a concept.
    I dread the treadmill as well – only when necessary.
    Think of it this way you probably got a way better workout using those stablicers then running on the treadmill. I think sometimes we get so caught up in training mode that we forget to exercise for fun and the pure enjoyment on it!
    Kudos to you!


  3. YES! This is SO important!!! LOVE the meaning behind this, and LOVE that you are following your heart! Good for you, so many people are too afraid to!

    Steena, I was hoping to email you to ask your opinion on something, is there an email I can reach you on please?


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