It’s your friend Scott. Although Jennifer and I usually collaborate on this column, I think it’s time you just heard from me for a moment.
We’ve had some great times in the past, Treadmill. As we’ve gotten to know each other, we’ve had moments when we pushed our time together to longer limits. We’ve broken barriers with my cardio and have burned loads of calories over the years. The truth is, though…I’ve found someone else. Well, someTHING else.
I’ve started learning Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and quite frankly, it’s giving me things you never did. It’s working every muscle in my body, which is decreasing my body fat percentage, and it’s also helping me to recover faster after my workouts. I have to be honest when I say that I appreciate the new friends I’m making, too. They seem to talk and share stories more than you ever did.
Please don’t get me wrong. I hope we can still be friends, and I’m assuming we’ll still see each other in the future, but I have to say that I’m more “inclined” to believe that if I’m going running, it will most likely be with your distant cousin, the outdoor trail.
Jennifer still wants to keep her relationship with you, which sort of helps me feel a little better about putting this space between us. After all, it’s not like you aren’t seeing other people! Marathon runners have their way with you in the winter months when they can’t run outside. Many people use you to help warm themselves up at the beginning of their workouts with other equipment. It’s not like you’re going to be on your own, and as I said, it’s not like I want to break up all together. It’s just that I feel I need to shift my focus to another activity that seems to be more rewarding.
Our time watching television was good. We’ve spent hours listening to music. In the end though, I just feel like we’re going nowhere.
As you’ve done in the past, I know you’re going to put up some resistance and make things difficult, but I have to tell you that, although there is still a need for me to look back, I have to do what I’ve always done and keep my head up with my eyes to the front.
Please don’t think it’s you. You have displayed in more than one way that you’re willing to change to try and make things different, whether it be for my cardio or strength needs, but I feel it’s time to let go of the safety strap that binds us together.
I’m sure many would be afraid to leave you, but how can we evolve without change? Alteration of a training program is a good thing. If we only use one method we may see gains, but only in one area. We need to expand our regimen and make consistent changes. If we only work on cardio, we will lose strength and flexibility. Activities like Yoga are good for increasing muscle mass, but seem to lack when it comes to pushing our heart rates to those extreme levels that I’m looking for.
Please don’t get jealous when you see me in the gym hanging out with the pull up bar or lifting the burdens of our friends the weights. It’s not your style to stay still, and I know you’ll keep going through ups and downs without me. It was nice connecting with my inner hamster, but I feel it’s time to move on…well forward, anyway.