Because Oz, our latest arrival, has developed an annoying habit that's not at all conducive to my treadmill workouts.
Like many cats, Oz finds his humans endlessly fascinating, so he follows me into the basement whenever I'm getting ready to hop on the treadmill.
Also like many cats, Oz is inexorably drawn to the most expensive and/or fragile items in the house. So right around the time that I'm all warmed up and about to start jogging, Oz decides to hop up and start walking around on the very expensive, very spiffy digital photo printer my husband bought a few weeks ago. The printer itself is big and fairly sturdy, but Oz has been known to perch on the paper tray, which was not at all meant to support an eleven-pound cat. Yelling at him does nothing other than elicit a bored glance (if that), so I have to pause the treadmill, go shoo him away, and then restart the jogging.
No, our basement does not have a door. If I'd known back when we were househunting that this would be such an issue one day, I think I'd have insisted we keep looking.
Anyhow, in the comments on the previous entry Nina asked how Couch to 5K is working out for me, as she's interested in starting it herself. The quick answer: So far, so good. It's always a nice way to ease myself back into a regular exercise program when I've been slacking.
Here's the thing, though: I've never gotten all the way through the program, and the funny thing is that I don't really want to. What I really enjoy are the weeks in the middle of the program, when you're alternating bursts of jogging and walking. Dividing the treadmill time up into neat little portions makes it all go faster, and varying the intensity of the workout is supposed to be a good thing anyhow.
I'm also a treadmill-only jogger; the few times I've attempted it outside, I've absolutely hated it. If I'm out on a trail, I'd rather be walking or biking.
However, I know that some of my readers have completed the whole program, so if you've got any advice or comments to share, please do.
And happy weekend, all!