Years ago, had you asked me if I trained on a treadmill, I would have scoffed and probably told you some line about how the trails are everything to me. And well, yes, the trails are still everything to me, but sometimes a run is a run is a run and I would always rather get a run than not. Even if that means getting on the treadmill. Here are my top reasons that make me want to make a t-shirt ” I Heart the Treadmill when….”
1. I need to do my speedwork and I need to keep it honest. The treadmill won’t let you cheat the speed or incline. I find a 6mph at 12% -15% incline is about perfect for uphill repeats.
2. My daughter is napping, I don’t have a babysitter and this is as good as it gets today. Let’s face it, this happens- quite a bit. I try to run before or after work or even at lunch, but the best laid plans….
3. Two a days. Treadmills really are great for the second run- I can watch Netflix, or listen to tunes and get a bonus round of miles in.
4. Late night running. After the family goes to bed, many nights I have hopped on the treadmill and gotten my workout in. It’s safe, well-lit and I am not missing anything. (other than beautiful moon-rises and peaceful night trail running, which is always preferable, but sometimes not doable.)
5. Work trips. I travel for my corporate job a fair bit. If I’m flying to a unknown city, a hotel gym gives me the treadmill.
6. Mindless movie watching long running. It’s the dead of winter. There’s snow in every direction and unless I get out the snowshoes, I sometimes prefer to get more speedy miles in for a long run. A great movie and about 20 miles are known to happen here every now and again.
7. I’d rather not run, but I had better. There is something convenient about getting on the treadmill that usually solves the lack of motivation… or sometimes not. This can go both ways. The fresh air and trails can clear my head where a treadmill usually doesn’t. But, if I am suffering motivation, I can get by on the treadmill.
8. You can practically run a business on a treadmill. JB will set the dial at 4-4.5 mph and will work on the treadmill for hours- scanning paperwork, making calls, talking to people, editing, etc. It’s hilarious and yet super smart. I take many conference calls on the machine as well.
9. Overall, I can definitely say time on treadmill has made me stronger and a better runner than before I had one. More miles, more options, less excuses when I need to get a run in. Don’t get me wrong, I’d take a trail run ANY day over a treadmill run, but running on the machine is okay with me. Maybe that’s one result of parenthood.
Ok, Part Deux : The Bad, to come next: Some of the disadvantages I struggle with as a true trail lover.