And until recently I would have said I was probably in that group of cynics. Okay, maybe I wouldn't say I was a full blown HATER, but I definitely dissed the 'mills. But I am here to publicly say "I AM SORRY" and ask for forgiveness!
Now, I have never had a bad experience on a treadmill (although I am afraid I will fall off and crack my head on the wall due to my bad coordination), and if I am being 100% honest, that is because I avoid them like the plague.
Living in Southern California, we have a plethora of amazing places to run (and normally have beautiful weather to do it in), so when I started running a little over three years ago, I took to the outdoors.
A few months ago we were gifted a treadmill (Can you say AWESOMESAUCE?! I know I can!). And although I LOVE running outside and pounding the pavement, I have actually been slowly turning into a treadmill enthusiast!
I thought I would list a couple of the reasons I have started to change my tune about the treadmill:
|My treadmill isn't anything special, but it gets the job done!|
ConsistencyI don't know about you, but I have a difficult time keeping a consistent pace throughout my runs. Don't get me wrong, I am pretty good at progression runs, but if I am trying to keep a run at the same speed, I either have to look at my watch the entire time or my pace tends to be all over the board. With a treadmill, all you need to do is select your speed and run. You just simply "SET IT AND FORGET IT". (Although I know I need to work on being able to run consistent paces while on the pavement, the treadmill has been an awesome tool to use, especially for runs that I am supposed to be running at my goal marathon pace for extended periods.)
|A couple days ago I forgot to look at my schedule before I went on a |
bike ride, so ended up having to do 5 pace miles once
I got home. The treadmill made it much easier to keep the steady
pace, especially with it being the second workout of the day.
DistractionsThis is a two-fold for me. First, on a treadmill you can distract yourself by watching a TV show or movie (during today's run I watched the end of yesterday's So You Think You Can Dance episode). This tends to help the time go by quicker (at least for me) - and helps you to not focus on the minutes and seconds ticking away. Next, on a treadmill you aren't distracted by as many outside interruptions. Running around people on busy sidewalks, dodging drivers who aren't paying attention, waiting at traffic lights, stopping to take pictures of pretty things, etc., all can get you out of your groove while running. For me, when I am on the treadmill, I can just zone out and RUN.
WeatherI know, I know, I live in Sunny Southern California, so I have VERY LITTLE to complain about. But honestly, the humidity this summer has been pretty cray-cray. In the past three months I think I can count on two hands how many days the humidity has been under 65%. The nice thing about the treadmill is you can hit it, RAIN OR SHINE! (And if the El Niño the meteorologists are predicting for this winter hits as hard as they are thinking, the treadmill may become invaluable for a few months.) Another nice thing is you can set up a fan nearby to try and keep you cool (somehow I still end up with sweat puddles all over the place) - which isn't really an option outside unless you have some sort of cabana boy who will follow you on your runs and fan you throughout your workout.
|Even with the fans, the sweat is swinging all over the place...|
ConvenienceLike I said, we have a treadmill in our condo (it is actually in our spare bedroom turned office and now turned workout room). It is very nice to just walk down the hall and get my run in (not to mention, I can look like a crazy in the safety of my own home). Now, we live on the second floor, so I am still trying to be a courteous neighbor and not use it at rude hours (since I don't know how it sounds to the person who lives below us), but it is a possibility to run whenever I want. I don't have to worry about if it is dark outside or running in a sketchy area or where the closest restroom may be. You might not have a treadmill in your second bedroom, but even if it is at the gym, some of these same conveniences still apply.
|My treadmill towel said ROAR... I "had" to do it ;)|
Now, I will probably never be a RunEMZ or StuftMama (but aren't those women pure AMAZEBALLS?!) and run the majority of my workouts on it, but I think I am quickly coming around to the instrument that is the treadmill!
What are your thoughts on the TREADMILL?