Tuesday, March 6, 2018

The Love/Hate with the Treadmill

Today's TOTR topic is the treadmill. 

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We've probably all used them.  I started using the treadmill when I was 14, and I was not a fan.  But I hated cold weather, so I was kind of stuck.  Things didn't get any better over the years, and I didn't start appreciating the treadmill until I was 24.  I moved to Texas, and I was ever so thankful to be able to run indoors, with a fan.

I established a cordial relationship with the treadmill since that was the only way I was going to get back in shape, and survive the Texas summer.  Once I came across run/walk intervals, it got even better.  I trained for my first half marathon on the treadmill because let's face it: I'm Goldilocks when it comes to running outside.  The weather has to be juuuuuust right. 

I've flip flopped on the treadmill so many times, and after spending most of my training last fall outside, I don't exactly love the treadmill at the moment.  It's been mentally tough this winter to make it past 2 miles, but running outside?  I did 3 miles last Tuesday without any kind of mental block. 


But of course, the weather has ideas of its own.  We had a front move through yesterday, with winds clocking at 70 mph early yesterday on the Rocky Flats, and even though the winds have calmed down, it was still windy driving to work.  It's so much easier to run outside and run my normal stride, but my treadmill is there.  You do what you have to do.


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18 comments:

  1. I was first introduced to the treadmill at the gym in college. I primarily just used it to do walking. I always liked it because I was able to listen to my music and zone out everything.

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    1. I like that I can do that. Right now, outside, I have to navigate around geese and what they leave behind.

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  2. Exactly. You do what you have to do. It's nice to have a mill as backup!

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    1. Right! Unless I lived in San Diego, I think I would always have to use the treadmill at some point during the seasons.

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  3. Having a treadmill at home as a backup is definitely a great thing and comes in handy during those hot summer months for sure!

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    1. I definitely used the treadmill during the Texas summers. I'd still be sweating up a storm, but at least I'd be out of the sun.

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  4. You said it! Whatever it takes to get a run done.

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    1. What it takes. I need to get the miles in when I'm in training.

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  5. I have a tough time on the treadmill, and I think a lot of it has to do with my stride length (#longlegs).

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    1. I always hit the front of the belt when I'm running. Maybe that's why it's mentally tough.

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  6. I debated the treadmill this morning but decided to run outside. I don't mind it at OTF but haven't used it at home in ages.

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    1. It definitely takes a certain mindset. I pushed my run a bit on Saturday because the weather wasn't great, and I didn't feel like using the treadmill.

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  7. The treadmill is definitely a great tool to have when the weather is rough...I wish I had one at home for a backup! I haven't run on one since January, hopefully I'll be able to avoid one for a while!

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    1. I don't miss going to the gym in all kinds of weather, and fighting the traffic back home. It's really nice to already be home.

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  8. I too have a love/hate relationship with the treadmill. I appreciate the convenience of it, but there are those days when I feel like a hamster on it and cannot wait for my run to be over.

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    1. Me too! I'm so happy to get outside right now because all my recent runs were on the treadmill. I felt exactly like a hamster.

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  9. This training season I've done most of my runs outside. I am getting tired of this cold weather and cannot wait for warmer weather.

    I don't hate the treadmill and prefer to run outside. However, many times it isn't possible and the treadmill is the last resort.

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    1. I'm fickle about my running weather, so I use the treadmill more than some. I'll be happy to use it when we get our spring storms.

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