I get it. Treadmills are not seen as the allies of dedicated runners. We can be downright hostile to their monotony, even at Anywhere5K. But hold off on your ridicule for a second and think about what really matters — getting your feet moving. An outright rejection of the treadmill restricts the times and dates when running is feasible. Keep it in your back pocket as an alternative, and there’s no day (no matter how cold) and no time (no matter how dark) when running isn’t an option using simple gear.
A few years back I was working a job with irregular hours. I had no money for proper gear to run at night or in the cold. The result: I stopped running on a regular basis, gained 25 pounds, and decided to make friends with the treadmill. Now my weight is back under control and my work hours saner, but the treadmill remains to ensure I never fall off the wagon. Yes, the monotony of running in place can be brutal. But I’ve picked up a few tips along the way. Allow me to share.
The headphone debate is nothing new. Those opposed to using headphones think you need to be aware of your surroundings, those for the use of headphones think there’s a middle ground between safety and music as a positive influence.
When I first started running I didn’t wear headphones. Instead, I listened to my lungs breathe and my feet hit the ground. Months later, as I became more comfortable with my body, I donned the headphones with one rule: I must always be able to hear my body and my surroundings.
Dogs are awesome. I have two rescued canines; a Lab and an Akita. Both are up in years, and both love to get out and run around. In the upcoming Run Fur Fun #Anywhere5K, I’ll be running with Bella, the Akita. But I’m not doing so without knowing her limitations and having run with her in the past.
If you’re looking to run with your dog in our upcoming race, or you’re hoping your dog will be your next training partner, I suggest you do a little prep work before hitting the road.
“To treadmill, or not to treadmill, that is the question;Whether ‘tis Nobler in the minds to sufferThe burning sensation of dry, cold airOr to pre-set the Keurig to brew in 90 minutesAnd doth run from the comfort of home”
- Not Hamlet
We’re well into winter, and here in the Midwest (Indianapolis, to be exact) that means one thing: cold temperatures and inclement weather abounds. I’ve always struggled a bit with getting my lungs acclimated to winter’s bone-chilling temperatures. Let’s face it, there’s nothing worse than getting amped up for an outdoor run only to step outside, take a few deep breaths, and feel like Mother Nature just went all Lizzie Borden (Stab! Hack! Slash!) on your lungs. The cold air hurts, the dry air hurts, but I just want to run! So what’s a runner to do?