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.
“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?
I like the fresh air. I like the dynamic environment. I like to change up my routes. For this, I need to go outside—even when the moon is up. And if you’re a morning runner who beats the sun, an evening runner who got beat by the dark, or just someone who likes to run in the dead of night like I do then you need to be safe.
Some of you might say that running at night isn’t safe, and then go into a spiel about how I should just run on a treadmill or wait for the sun to come up. I disagree. If you dress appropriately and run sensibly your night runs will be just as safe and enjoyable as your day ones.
A guest post by newbie runner, Trina Flint
Let’s get one thing straight. I hate running. It’s exhausting, the summer runs are torture (especially with that humidity) the winter ones are frigid, and it’s hard on the body. But it’s like an addiction, and I can’t stop doing it.
If you would have asked me 10, even 5 years ago if I would ever run in a race, I’d just laugh at you. I have run here and there since high school. But I never thought of myself as a runner