When I first started running, I spent about 80% of my time on the treadmill because it felt easier. I can’t really explain why, but I think it probably has to do with pacing. This habit might be why now when I settle in to a pace after a few miles of warming up I can then hold that pace for the next couple hours.
After moving to Florida I wanted to constantly be outside, so suddenly 95% of my running was outside and the few miles I put in on the treadmill were generally not a lot of fun. I blame this on two things…the treadmills in our building face another building and that view just doesn’t compete with the ocean.
However, I have found with this foot issue that treadmill running feels a-ok while hitting the pavement is still painful. I’m sure this is probably due to the slight give in a treadmill. Hey if I had access to a water treadmill or a pool deep enough for water running I’d go for it, but our pool is only about 4 ft deep.
The treadmill sentence is actually looking like a good thing and here is why…I made a mental deal with myself that post marathon it was time to pick up the pace. On outdoor runs, I find myself slowing down to take in the scenery, but on the treadmill well it’s hard to slow down when you keep increasing the belt speed.
I can’t wait for us to move so I can get my own treadmill back from storage (aka my parent’s basement) and place it squarely in front of a tv. There is nothing as fun for me as doing long intervals while watching Biggest Loser!
Do you find yourself running faster or slower on the treadmill?
I am grateful for anti-stink clothing
I am grateful for good detergent
I am grateful for a place to hang copious clothes to dry
I am grateful for socks all having a mate
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