I’ll admit it. I’m a treadmill runner year round, but I especially like running on a treadmill inside when the weather is going crazy outside. When I woke up Saturday morning to a blanket of snow and a downpour of wet, sloppy sleet that didn’t look like it was stopping any time soon. I’m not into ice running or the associated broken bones, and with no snowshoes in sight what’s a running gal to do? We bundle up and walk (or drive) to the nearest treadmill!
Now I know there are mill-haters out there, but don’t be too quick to poo-poo it! Heck, I even *gasp* prefer the treadmill! I’ve trained for two marathons on a treadmill, and I firmly believe treadmill workouts DO count as running, contrary to what some runners claim. And for today’s Friday 5 I want to share my reasoning with you with the hope that you too will become a treadmill lover like me!
1) Weather-Proof Running – This is the obvious reason to pass on an outdoor run in favor of a treadmill. Too cold or too hot? Too rainy, snowy, slippery? Your treadmill is located conveniently in a temperature controlled room. It’s never too (fill in the blank) to run, so there’s less room for excuses!
2) Television Time! – With all the stuff we women juggle; work, kids, school, our partners, social commitments, parents, etc. we sometimes don’t give ourselves time to zone out. One of my greatest guilty pleasures in life is reality TV – I’m a notorious addict! I don’t have a ton of time between my work and school schedule to watch, but on the treadmill I can catch up on all of my trashy tv during my long run on Saturdays!
3) Take the Math Outta Speed Work – When I do speed work outside, I find it hard to push to my goal pace. Some of us are really good at feeling our pace and some of us aren’t as a blessed. If you, like me, are pace-challenged, maximize the benefits of weekly speed workouts by doing them on the treadmill, which allows you to set the pace and match it rather than relying on guessing your pace by feel.
4) Convenience Factor – If you’re relying on a commercial gym for treadmill access the convenience factor may not be there quite as much as it is for those of us who have a treadmill in our homes. But even if you have to drive to your ‘mill, it’s never too dark, early or late for a run. This buddy is safely located in a secured, adequately-lit location for running. Your only excuse for not running is if it’s past gym hours… But if you know you like to run late, you can always shop around for a gym or trainer’s office that’s open for business when you are!
5) Treadmills Are Social Too! – Of course you can meet other runners in a running group, but what if you want to meet the guy doing daily weight training or chat with the girl on the elliptical next to you? Some gyms even offer running classes or treadmill teams. And if yours doesn’t, you could always ask them if you can start one; who knows, you could even end up with free treadmill access!
And now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m behind on Project Runway and it’s time for a run!
What do you like (or dislike) about the treadmill?