Running on the treadmill truly takes patience and understanding which I seem to be reminding myself every time I start the belt these days.
Running on the treadmill requires you to be patient with yourself and your body, learning to understand and respect how each part of you reacts and adjusts to running inside versus outside.
Running on the treadmill also takes crazy mental stamina and desire. If you are going to sit there and say, “But I hate the treadmill and I absolutely cannot run indoors!”, then of course you never will or at least never will effectively.
I will tell you the same thing I tell myself:
If you really want to run, you will run on the treadmill if that’s your only option. Take it or leave it. It’s your choice.
As you know, I have been running on the treadmill more often lately not because the weather is keeping me inside but because I really don’t like to run in the dark of the early morning.
Taken after running 5 miles yesterday.
Some morning treadmill runs are awesome and some are not so awesome but I am grateful to have the treadmill as my running option should I need it so I try not to complain.
While running the other morning, I gave thought to the pro’s and con’s of running on the treadmill which sparked my memory of a post I wrote way back in 2013.
I had put together a pro’s and con’s list back then after completing a long run indoors because it was too cold and snowy outside and I want to share that list again with you today. Reading old posts is so funny to me, especially this post in particular since my feelings about running on the treadmill really haven’t changed even though I have become more tolerant and accepting of running indoors.
1. You can look constantly at your distance:
Pro: Seeing your current distance displayed in front of you almost forces you to speed up to get done quicker. Agreed. I still like this aspect of the treadmill because I feel as though I am in control of how fast I can get done. The faster I go, the quicker I am finished so I definitely get more speed work accomplished indoors than I would outdoors.
Con: Seeing your current distance displayed in front of you almost forces you to speed up to get done quicker. Double edged sword! While it’s great to push your pace and make the miles fly by, some runs are meant to be easy/recovery runs which I do struggle with sticking to when on the treadmill.
2. The bathroom is easily accessible:
Pro: Should you need to use the bathroom, it is much easier to hop off of the treadmill and go. When I am running outdoors and I need to make a quick pit stop, this can create a real issue of bladder control, if you know what I mean…
Con: Knowing the bathroom is so close to the treadmill makes me want to stop more often.
3. You can watch TV while running:
Pro: Watching TV can certainly distract you and it is something different from listening to the same songs as usual.
Con: The TV is plastered in your face since it is attached to the treadmill can be annoying, especially when I don’t have my glasses on!
4. Running on the treadmill can be done at any time of day and is not affected by weather:
Pro: I can get up and run whenever I want and I can wear whatever I want even if it is freezing outside.
Con: Running on the boring treadmill and seeing the sun shine through the window is sometimes a cruel joke. When the weather conditions (ice and snow on ground, frigid air) make it impossible for running outside, seeing the sunshine can be misleading and make me want to be running outdoors even though I can’t.
5. Running on the treadmill in the gym allows you to be near other people for a set period of time:
Pro: People watching may give you some form of distraction.
Con #1: I like to be left alone so if people want to interact and chat with me, I am not interested. Call me rude, I call it my alone time.
Con #2: You better make sure your deodorant is on because if you are around other people while running at least 10 miles, you are probably going to sweat and then smell.
Other treadmill posts of interest:The Pro's and Con's of Running on the Treadmill #running #treadmill #fitfluential Click To Tweet
Tell me how you really feel about the treadmill?
How often do you need to make a pit stop during your runs?
Will you be running indoors or outdoors today?