I am very lucky to have a really nice treadmill located right in the comfort of my basement. It has a hookup to play my iPhone/iPod through its speakers and there is a TV and DVD player in the room to keep me entertained. Despite the distractions I can set up for myself, I have a really hard time running on it. I lose my motivation quickly and find it so tempting to just step right off when my run isn’t going well.
In order to get through some of my tough runs, I need to get myself a few miles from my house so I have no choice but to run back if I want to stop! The treadmill taunts me with how easy it is to just stop when my run is feeling blah.
The weather yesterday sucked. It was raining all day which meant I wasn’t going to run outside with Zain for my 5 mile hill run. My backup plan was to run on the treadmill during his nap. Well, naptime came and I discovered a million things I needed to do to get ready for our afternoon playdate at our house. That meant no time for the good old dreadmill.
My options then became a) skip the run or b) run in the rain/dark/cold/wind when hubby got home. I went with option b. Now when I say “rain/dark/cold/wind,” I mean pouring cold rain, complete darkness, 45 degree (felt like 38 degree) weather, with some strong winds for good measure. The temperature actually wasn’t bad, but the rain and wind made it feel worse.
When hubby walked in the door, he told me he had good news – the rain was dying down. When I set foot outside I was immediately on my way to being soaking wet. He must have been lying. So cruel.
This run needed to be 5 miles of the hilliest route I could run. I pretty much just ran up and down 2 of the biggest hills closest to my house. I didn’t want to venture too far away because the area near my house is well-lit and these hills are no joke so I thought they would do just fine. One hill is long and gradual and the other is long and steep. The mix of the 2 seemed to give my legs s good workout. I didn’t want to risk wearing my Garmin so I wore a regular old Timex watch and ran for 52 minutes. I would map out my run to see my exact mileage, but I lost track of the number of times I ran the hills.
There were huge puddles, water rushing down the sidewalks, more puddles, gross worms all over the sidewalks that I gave up trying to avoid stepping on. Seriously, I don’t mind running in the rain, but the one thing I hate about it is the worms on the sidewalks. I’m pretty sure I looked like a lunatic to every car that passed by while I ran. I really didn’t care. I got my hills done.
Would the treadmill have been a more sane option? Yes. I could have varied the incline to make it a hill run. However, for me, I just don’t get the same satisfaction out of running on the treadmill that I do running outside. I want to see that hill in front of me and conquer it.
I know as winter creeps in, I’ll end up on the treadmill out of necessity, but for now, I’m clinging to my runs outside.
Do you avoid or embrace the treadmill?