And there is a good reason for that. Well a few good reasons.
First, my best friend and best running buddy is pregnant! She is about 16 weeks along and she has found that running on the treadmill works better for her. So in order for us to "run together" I have been visiting the treadmill a bit more often so we can chat while we run.
|Best friends and running buddies for life! (Pregnancy photo!)|
|Beautiful but not the best run conditions|
Every winter I hear many other runners complain about how they hate the treadmill and how hard it is to run on it. And I wouldn't disagree - the treadmill is tough and boring. But when the roads get snowy or icy and the conditions become dangerous that I worry about getting hit by a car, I prefer to be on the treadmill. Running on the treadmill is the safer option and is less stressful because then I don't have to worry about dodging cars or losing my footing in the snow.
The gym I belong to that has the treadmills also has TVs in front of each treadmill and I think that is one reason I can stand to run so long. Having the TV really distracts me from focusing on watching the tenths of miles tick by. Also having a buddy to talk to while on the treadmill makes the time fly by as well. Without at least one of these distractions I don't think I would last long on the treadmill.
Running on the treadmill really is a mental battle. Just like in a race, you have to have your head in the game when running on the treadmill in order to meet your goal. If you go into a treadmill thinking "this is going to be horrible" then it most likely will. Instead if you think "this isn't ideal, but at least I get to run today" then I bet the treadmill run would go a lot better. Its all about your outlook. And a treadmill run is still a run and at least you got to run today.
I really do love winter running but sometimes for my safety (and to keep Brian from worrying) I head to the treadmill. At least for now the weather looks good for the next week so I think I can do most of my runs outside and avoid the treadmill for a while.