I always have to chuckle when Runners World posts something about treadmills on social media and within moments someone, usually a guy, posts a photo with icicles dripping off his face and comments that treadmills are for wusses who are afraid of a little cold weather. It’s usually not bad weather that sends me to the treadmill. Case in point, yesterday.
Despite unseasonably warm weather, a busy weekend left me contemplating doing my long run on my basement treadmill while my kids played. With a million errands to run and both of our to-do lists miles long, it felt like getting in my run early with the kids in the basement would free up my husband to get some of his stuff done. (Leaving him on kid duty every Sunday morning for 2-3 hours so I can do a long run isn’t exactly fair.) I can’t say it was my first choice, however, given the choice between no run or a treadmill run, the ‘mill wins every time and I am very lucky that I have a nice one at home!
Some people think the dreadmill is for wusses. Others run exclusively in the safe confines of their gyms for fear of the big wide world. Still others believe running on the hamster wheel isn’t real running. Some think treadmills are easier to run on than the road, while others are mystified by the increased effort required to go way slower on a treadmill than a pace that is a piece of cake outside. There certainly is no consensus, so we wanted to get your take!