I responded, "OK. We can try it if you want". He totally thought I was going to say no and I kinda wish I had, oh well it's over with now!
In my opinion, I think that most runners would come to this conclusion:
I really have to agree. I've read that running on a treadmill is supposed to be easier than running outside, but man was I dying! I didn't have the pace set much higher than what Mike and I normally do, in fact I was hovering around 10:00-10:30 minute pace most of the time, but I felt like I couldn't keep it up. It's not like I was running up hills or anything either, my incline was at the lowest possible setting.
I think one of the reasons that I was struggling so much was the fact that I had to pay more attention to not falling off the treadmill so I couldn't let my mind wander like I do while running outside. Sometimes when Mike and I are going at a sub 10:00 minute pace, I will close my eyes for a few seconds to help me get through the tougher parts. I couldn't do that on the treadmill because I probably would have fallen off!
Most of the time I had one hand holding onto the handle bar. I'm pretty sure this isn't normal and this thought was further confirmed when I didn't see anyone else doing it! The last few minutes I was going a 9:40 pace but Mike and I have successfully done that while running outside.
Then there was the sweat. I honestly didn't think that either of us could sweat that much. Isn't it supposed to be cooler with the AC? I guess not this time of year. Next time we will bring Nuun with us!
I wish we lived in an area where we didn't have to run on a treadmill but when the weather is going to look like this pretty soon, it is inevitable.
Hello, Western New York
Overall, the experience wasn't that bad but I wish the 5 miles went by faster. I also didn't like that my treadmill didn't give me my average pace at the end of the run. My total time was around 51 minutes so I can estimate what my average pace was at least.
I'm hoping that we won't have to use treadmills too often this winter. We will use the indoor track when we can and also run outside when the weather and road conditions allow it. Cold weather running gear is going to be necessary pretty soon!
What's your opinion of treadmills, do you love them, hate them or are you indifferent?