Now that winter has arrived in Seattle, the sun has started setting by 4pm. I’m not gonna lie – it’s depressing. Over the past 5 weeks I’ve been trying to get my little guy outside for walks as much as possible so that we both can get some much needed fresh air and sunlight. But with the sun going down earlier and earlier these days, I knew our outdoor days were numbered.
On top of that, add a long winter of Seattle’s famous drizzly rain, and we are housebound most of the time. Instead of giving in to spending the next six months on the couch, my husband and I came up with a much more productive solution…
We got a treadmill! It arrived this past weekend, and it has already been put to good use. Casey spent the weekend creating this whole setup so that we can watch TV down there while we run. We had an old desktop computer we weren’t using, so he mounted our monitor like a TV. It looks just like a treadmill at the gym – awesome!
And now Cullen and I have a place to walk indoors. He LOVES the motion of the walking, and the white noise of the treadmill puts him to sleep almost instantly.
I have my postpartum checkup where I (crossing fingers) should be cleared for exercise next week. At that point I plan to turn some of my walks into runs, and get moving again! I did a very slow jog to test out the treadmill after it arrived, and it was a quick reality check that my return to running is most likely going to be tough and sloooow. Between my car accident and pregnancy, I haven’t really run in almost a full year! Looking forward to changing that very soon…
Until next week, I plan to continue my daily walks – outside as much as possible when the weather cooperates, and indoors when necessary.
Here’s to a long winter of walking!