After careful thinking about a title, I realized honesty is the best policy and truth be told:
I don’t hate the treadmill.
Thinking out loud, I’ve spent plenty of winters training almost exclusively on the treadmill. Before you say: “just get out there and run outside,” I’ll also let you know that I’ve slipped on ice and broken my arm just “running outside.”
While New Jersey is a lot easier to run outdoors year round, some places such as Upstate New York are not. Some winters it has been -30 outside and you’re so bundled up you can’t get more than a speed waddle outside.
I love running, but I’m not going to run outside only to be miserable or be unsafe while doing so.
In fact, I don’t mind running on the treadmill. I’m able to put in a certain pace, zone out and go. There was a significant ice storm the night before my last my last twenty miler before Phoenix. It was either run 20 miles on a treadmill or miss the run. I watched 3 hours of Say Yes to the Dress, and it wasn’t bad.
But how do you run on the treadmill if you actually hate it?
First, change your mindset.
If you call it the “dreadmill,” of course, you aren’t going to enjoy it. I should take this mentality with shopping and call it dreading…maybe I wouldn’t like that too.
Do a Workout You Couldn’t Normally Do:
Is your area hilly? Use the treadmill to get a flat run in. Or use the treadmill to run a more hilly run. You can get a run that you aren’t normally able too.
Find a Friend:
Most runners aren’t the same pace. With a treadmill, you can both run at your respected pace but still run together. It’s a great tool to catch up with friends.
Netflix and Run:
I won’t tell you how many TV shows or series I’ve binge watched while running. You can catch up on TV, the news or whatever and still get a run. It’s a lot harder to do that outside.
The treadmill isn’t a bad training device. Sadly, it does get a bad rep.
Questions for you:
Do you run on the treadmill?
What is your favorite treadmill workout?