We went to the gym. I walked a 25 minute mile on the treadmill with my husband cheering me on. I felt both ridiculously embarrassed that he was lauding such a tiny accomplishment and proud that I'd done it. While I prefer to walk outside, I really dislike pushing the jogging stroller. Our gym has incredible child care and I have a 45-minute gap in my mornings twice a week between dropping off the older kids at school and dropping off the third at preschool. Most Tuesdays and Thursdays find me here, back where it all began.
It's not the most exciting workout, but it gets in some midweek miles. The best part is that I get to watch the Today Show. When I lived alone in college, I would turn it on in the morning because my apartment was just too quiet. My mom joked that Katie, Matt, Ann and Al were my pretend family. It's the perfect distraction from moving my legs and getting absolutely nowhere.
When it's rainy or when our schedule gets too crazy on the weekends (soccer, birthday parties, fundraising 5k's, parish events, my husband's long runs) and I have to push my workouts into dark hours, I even do my long walks on the treadmill. This past Sunday I did my first ever ten mile workout on a treadmill. I forgot my headphones, so I figure it made for some good practice at mental toughness. Treadmill, you've always got my back when the roads just can't be there for me.