The winter rages on, and as I scroll through my morning news feed, the treadmill articles seem to be on repeat and it’s all the standard fare: tips to ward off boredom; workout ideas; and seventy-four variations of whether running on the treadmill is real running.
Sigh. Although I know it will never happen as long as certain running publications need to recycle the same old articles every year, I’d love to put this debate to rest.
Yes, it counts.
Yes, it is hard.
Yes, real runners do it.
If you’re reading this you know how drively this drivel is. I could go find some fat juicy physiology studies, but that’s been done and these article writers don’t seem to care. So let’s try a different tack: I trolled the web to find examples of real, inspiring runners who have used the ‘mill as a tool in their training arsenals. That’s right, let’s not forget that the treadmill, not unlike a person who insists “real runners” are a thing, is a tool and one that can make you a stronger, faster, and healthier runner if you know how to use it. Just ask these fine folks.