Running on a treadmill. What a sham. You run for an hour and you go nowhere. The only thing that keeps us going is watching pork-centric episodes of No Reservations with Anthony Bourdain. Like a carrot on a stick, only not an actual carrot. More like a bacon-carrot. Mmmm. Bacon-carot.
But this dude Rob Ginnivan is really going somewhere on his treadmill adventure. Ginnivan decided to celebrate his 47th birthday by running a half-marathon, which is about 13 miles, on a treadmill. A treadmill in a hot air balloon. A hot air balloon in the sky over Australia!
According to the Huffington Post , On the day before Ginnivan’s birthday, he ran on a generator-powered treadmill through the sky to help raise $100,000 for the Heart Foundation. It was the final stretch for the cross-world runner. Ginnivan pledged to run on land, sea, and in the air; last year he did a marathon in Morocco and an ultra-marathon aboard a ship.
Ginnivan said in an interview that “the basket would sway from left to right” (eeek!) creating an experience that “was quite bizarre,” although he finished the marathon in a little over two hours.
Even though it’s one of the weirdest exercise ideas we’ve heard in awhile, whatever gets you that bacon-carrot dude. Good on you!
–Nadia Noir, CBS Radio Los Angeles