I started my running journey on a treadmill. I would go to the gym to workout and run-walk until I felt like I was going to fall over from it… which was usually around a mile and by fall over I mean literally keel over and die. As my overall fitness started to improve I decided to start pounding the pavement. It actually surprised me when it was a lot harder for me, which seems funny now that I know a lot more about running than I did at the time. But I continued to get out there and slowly each time I went it felt easier and easier to step out the front door and begin my run.
Over the years I have ran in all kinds of weather. Being from Wisconsin, I spent many miles outside with ice spikes on my shoes, layers and layers of clothing from wind gear, to waterproof gear and everything in between. I wasn’t afraid of getting out in any kind of weather and getting my run in- because my run was my me time. It became the time I could think about the day ahead of me and prepare for what was coming next… I needed to run.
It’s been five years since I walked into that gym in my hometown and learned what a treadmill was all about and it’s been five years of me being thankful for that treadmill.
Over the years I have learned that there are three types of runners: #1. The runner who HATES the treadmill. They will so kindly call it a dreadmill and make anyone who even THINKS about hopping on one feel like they should be outside instead. #2. The runner who doesn’t mind the treadmill. They will run outside when it’s nice, they’ll run outside when it’s not… they’ll run inside when it’s nice, they’ll run inside when it’s not. #3. The runner who loves the treadmill. The one who will run every training run on one because they are afraid to discontinue their love affair.
I fall into the second category… right in the middle. I don’t hate the treadmill but that’s because I find value in it. Here are a few of my favorite reasons for treadmill running:
With that being said, that doesn’t mean I don’t also love running outside, I do, because I find value in that kind of run as well. But running on a treadmill is perfect when you are a control freak, you dress like Punky Brewster and not having clothing to match, and have bathroom issues…
What do you think? Is it a dreadmill? Do you enjoy the treadmill on occasion? Is the treadmill your bff?
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