Tuesday, July 12, 2011
You're a great rescue from the scorching Texas heat. It's pretty great to have the a/c on, your tiny built-in fan blowing on me, & then a couple more fans blowing on me. I love how I always know what pace I'm running at. When I'm outside I'll lose focus & slow down. But when I run on you I can set a pace & hold it. You've also been a great help with speed workouts. I like sprinting the last 10th of a mile of most runs & when I'm on you I can set the sprinting pace I want to do & see just how far I need to go. When I'm outside I tend to slow down too soon. You've also been much easier on my knees than concrete & asphalt. This was especially nice right after having a baby.
But there are things I don't like about you. Mostly it's that I feel restricted & confined. You don't offer any change of scenery or people to wave to. I can't work on my runner's tan with you either. I also don't get the hill workouts that I need. Sure, you have incline settings but it's still not like running outside where inclines constantly change.
I run 3 times a week & typically 2 out of 3 are on the treadmill. Most of those are fairly short runs. But I'm training for that marathon again so some are going to be 6, 7, & even 8 miles. Those really get to be a beating. My ipod can only help so much.
But for all the times that I dread running on you & it just feels like a beating, I really am thankful to have you. You have been a pivotal part of my training. Some runners try to say that you can't train for a marathon with a treadmill. Well, we proved them wrong! For moms especially, you are one of the best running partners to have!
See you tomorrow!