It's starting to cool down around here (finally!), so I know that my days out (very) early morning running around the neighborhood might be over. While I've gotten used to running in the dark (unpleasant as is), "The Ukrainian" has clearly stated that he'd rather not run in the rain. The formerly "hardcore" runner in me wants to ignore him, but for the sake of not slipping or damaging my shoes when I'm too cheap to replace them, I'm now seriously considering a treadmill.
A treadmill is something that I've always eyed, but I couldn't justify spending money on something that I wasn't sure if I'd use, which is a funny thing to say since I've been running (no serious distances) as my primary source of exercise these days. I used to run on the treadmill a lot, but since I'm gym-less, I am not used to it anymore. I'm sure I'd use it if it were there, I had some entertainment on, and the weather was bad. Of course, it would be great to have one around just for walking, though.
I'm just waiting for the right opportunity. I tried Craigslist but decided that it'd be better to get one from a place who would offer assistance should something break. This treadmill from Sears is one of my top contenders, but the bargain-hunter in me is hoping I can do better. Whatever the case, this treadmill will live in the garage, and I will just pop it open each time I use it and hope spiders, praying mantis-es peacocks, or whatnot come to get me.
Any suggestions would be welcome. Although I've been running 4-5 times a week now (yay!), I'm in no way ready to run any of the big races that are on my sidebar. There are 15 weeks left until the Carlsbad Marathon... yikes!
On the life front, workload is ebbing and flowing, thankfully. When it's crazy, it's crazy, but I have been getting a little more downtime, which is NICE because things had been just consistently crazy for a few months now. Never before have I procrastinated so much in my life, both at work and on a personal front. The weekends have been pretty busy lately, but I think we're going to get a couple of much-needed quiet weekends soon, which excites me. The thought of spending some time in the home we worked so hard to acquire is blissful, especially if the cooler weather holds up, and we can watch movies and make cold-weather grub. Yum!
Also, about a month from now, "The Ukrainian" and I are going on our big trip, our "second honeymoon" so to speak, mostly to get my "I've never been out of the country" jitters out. I haven't had a lot of time off of work this year, so needless to say, I am excited to spend some days away from all obligations (and there are many!!). I'm sure I'll be posting about this more later!