As the temperature drops and the daylight hours become fewer, the fact that winter is coming is all too real. As a runner, I’m not ecstatic about the news. Winter means I have to bundle up, that my Raynauld’s will become a daily annoyance, and that there will be those inevitable days that I can’t run outside. Whether it’s because there’s unplowed snow outside or that the sidewalks are covered in a sheet of ice, there will be those days.
I do everything I can to stay outside whenever possible. I’ve run when it’s been in the negatives (Fahrenheit), when it’s been pouring rain, and when the wind is so strong I can’t run in a straight line. However, running in Vermont means that there will be those days – especially if I’m trying to get a quality speed workout in. That’s the reality of weather in this state. I should seriously live somewhere warmer… I love Vermont, but I’m not a fan of the whole 4+month winter thing.
Let me let you in on a little secret of mine. I may be a runner, but I HATE the treadmill. That’s right, H-A-T-E hate the treadmill. I’m completely serious when I say that a 2-mile run on the treadmill feels like the same level of difficulty to me as running outside for 2 hours. No joke. Granted to say, I avoid the treadmill at ALL COSTS.
Luckily, at my school’s gym we have an indoor track. It’s nothing special – kind of old and is only 160 meters around instead of 200 meters, but it’s a track. I prefer running in circles around there compared to staying in one place in a hot crowded gym. It’s not that much different, but I find it a little less boring than the treadmill.
I’ve had running friends that love the treadmill. They’ll pop their headphones on, listen to some good tunes, and be perfectly happy getting their workout in that way. I’m just not wired the same. Every minute spent on there feels like torture to me. That’s why I call it the DREADMILL.
Maybe if I learned some moves from this guy I’d like the treadmill more.
How are you wired? Do you like the treadmill? Hate it? How do you get your runs in during the winter?