My daughter has rediscovered her love of the treadmill.
She has rekindled a dream of running in the spring with her very own dog by her side.
“Hey, Mom,” she calls to me after an afternoon with her grandparents, “I want to go to the gym.”
I don’t. But I’m stubborn and a lazy bodybuilding princess so I go. Because if she wants to go that’s a challenge to me.
I like challenges.
I even do the treadmill with her. I hate the treadmill. I hate the treadmill because with my cerebral palsy, the treadmill requires all my concentration.
But today, as she did walk/run intervals on her treadmill, I had a realization.
I’m not sure I know how to run.
I set my treadmill to intervals, too. My intervals were 3.5 miles per hour and 4 miles per hour. But that difference was enough that I had to run on the higher setting. It was hard to stand upright, run, and not use my arms against the handles to keep my balance as I ran.
That was interesting to learn.
I’ve always wanted to run a 5k, and the last time I tried I did all my training and the actual race with a broken toe.
So who knows.