a) run on a treadmill
b) run outside when the weather is nice
c) run outside when the weather is okay
d) run outside when the weather is bad
Without question, I would choose option a almost every time, and maybe option b once in a while.
Apparently it’s popular to refer to the treadmill as the “dreadmill,” but whatever. Haters gonna hate. I prefer running on a treadmill. I like running where it’s always a comfortable temperature. I can control my speed. I have somewhere to put my water and iPhone so I don’t have to carry them. I can listen to music and watch television (my gym has tvs on almost all the cardio equipment).
This might be weird for someone with ADHD, but I need as much sensory input as possible while running. I like to listen to awesome music (All Day is the best) and if possible watch something on tv that involves people engaging in athletic pursuits. Parks and trees and wildlife are swell and everything, but running outside, even in a gorgeous place in a beautiful city, bores the hell out of me.
I’m not the hardy “My people are from the North!” cold lover I used to be and I hate running outside if it’s even a little chilly (which now to me is anything south of 60 — wuss!). I hate the feeling of sharply inhaling cold air. And the wardrobe malfunctions are the worst. If I have to wear a jacket while running because I’m such a delicate flower I can’t handle the cold, my shirt will ride up until it’s all wedged right under my boobs. This is supremely annoying. I need reverse suspenders or something. Or a bodysuit. That’s horrifying. And due to having no ass, I have a hard time with pants because they try to fall off the whole time I’m running.
When I’m inside on the treadmill, I can wear my running skirt (they’re the best) and a shirt and be happy and entertained and comfortable. I don’t love running, but this makes it almost pleasant.
Speaking of running, I’ve improved quite a bit since I last mentioned it. My “long” (always in quotes because my long runs are laughable next to people who run marathons and stuff) runs are up to 60 minutes, which is how long I work out at a time so I’m happy with that. I’ve gone as far as 6.3 miles in that time, but usually come in somewhere between 6.2 and 6.25. In an ideal world, I do that twice a week. I also do a shorter (sometimes faster) run followed by the elliptical once a week and lift weights for 60 minutes twice a week. So those are my usual 5 weekly workouts.
Also, and not to get all product pimp-y, (and I haven’t been compensated in any way for saying this), the following things have greatly improved my running happiness recently:
- Reebok RealFlex running shoes
- Enell Sports Bra
- eating lunch for breakfast (especially if it’s at all fatty, like leftover pizza) and breakfast for lunch (cereal) (for early evening runs)
- Tums (I like the Ultra 1000 Assorted Berries variety) (taken shortly before running).
I still get runner’s tummy sometimes, but it’s less common when I’m careful about what I eat and don’t, say, load up on cookies for lunch if I’m going to run that evening. Cookies are for after running.
I don’t think I’ll ever love running or be an awesome, super-fast runner, but I’m pretty happy with where I am right now. It’s definitely the best workout I’ve ever done, so I plan to stick with it, on the treadmill of course.