Let’s maybe not be so harsh on the treadmill, ok?

I’ll be the first to admit that I used to HATE the treadmill as 1) it could be perceived as easier because you’re not propelling yourself, there’s no wind resistance, harder to do elevation work, etc 2) it’s not goin anywhere, and neither are you, and 3) it’s not the same as running outdoors. This does not mean you can’t make treadmill training interesting.

BUT…

With that being said, there are some out there that the treadmill is the only option for winter running/summer running (for those of you in the south) AND some out there have injuries they’re trying to rehab and the treadmill is the better option to do so. Believe it or not, there are some runners out there that PREFER the treadmill. Who are we to judge their reasoning?

I’ve come across many MANY negative comments about the treadmill lately (hey…I too ranted about it in regards to the speed being so “off”), but please don’t make others feel like they’re any less of a runner because they choose/HAVE to use one for any reason. I have encountered many runners recently who have been offended or hurt by this very topic. They’re still lapping people sitting on their butts doing nothing.

The treadmill has its place in every runner’s world, and it’s their choice to use it or not; for whatever reason.

I apologize to treadmills everywhere for being so angry with you last week. It truly is because of treadmill running that I’m now running faster AND injury/100% pain-free for the first time in a year. I promise to never say another bad thing about you again; especially when you’ll be there for me again this summer when my schedule is out of control and it’s 100+ degree heat index when it’s time for me to run.

The end.

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5 Responses to Let’s maybe not be so harsh on the treadmill, ok?

  1. kleverkira says:

    Sometimes I love it, and sometimes I hate it, but I don’t like how negative people are about it. I do sometimes get the impression that all the “real” runners hate the treadmill and will run in rain, sleet, wind, etc. Honestly, there are days when I cannot face another run in the dark/cold/heat/humidity, and the only way I can mentally get my miles in is to drive to the gym and get on the treadmill. No shame in that!

  2. Kat says:

    I would absolutely die without our treadmill. If it’s raining, I’m on it. If it’s freezing, I’m on it. If I could get heatstroke, I’m on it. If I need to work on consistency in my strides/gait, I’m on it. If I’m recovering, I’m absolutely on it for the softer surface (my marathon recovery would have been totally shot without it). I get that sometimes it’s not as adventuresome as romping in the great outdoors and yes, there are things that you lose. That’s a reality. But I’m 100% emotionally attached to ours.

  3. DanDman says:

    can I ask, what is the widget you are using for your miles run in 2012?

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