I didn’t make last weeks running goal. I knew I would have a hard time making it, but this week I will make up for it. The only problem this week is, it’s actually winter all of a sudden! it’s -20 outside right now and it will reach -8 later in the day but I like to get my runs over with in the am so that I can actually enjoy my day, so off to the gym I go! (started my blog yesterday)
There are just a few problems I have with running on the treadmill.
One of those problems is that it’s not realistic in running a mile. The ground outside doesn’t move. I read a few articles about treadmill km/miles etc (here’s one), but I also recall reading an article stating that the miles are shorter than running an actual mile outside so I don’t even know if I’m running as far as I need to be.
The second problem I have is, WOW do my joints and entire body hurt even more from running on the treadmill then outside. I only ran for about 40 minutes yesterday (4.16miles on the treadmill) and the entire left side of my body was hurting all day. It really felt like my knee just wanted to dislocate. I’m feeling about as sore as when I ran the 14km outside.
The third problem, It’s just so much nicer to run outside in the fresh air, with nicer views, no perfume that I have no idea why women spray on before they work out. Don’t get me wrong I will always run on a treadmill in the gym to get a good work out in, and I miss having a treadmill at home to have even easier access to working out. BUT now that I’m so in like with running outside it is a struggle to go to the gym to go on the treadmill when I could just go outside.
Treadmill Workouts I have tried some of these. My Pyramid Intervals, don’t look exactly like the routine in this link but are similar and get the job done. The rolling hills and hike settings are alright to, especially now that I’m training for this mountain half marathon.
Sidenote and something to look forward to: My mom’s best friend, Liz (who lead the Christmas running lights tour- if you remember that blog) ran this same Half Marathon and has offered some support by coming to cheer me on during the run. Can’t wait to see what my Mom and Liz bring to cheer with! She also offered to make me spaghetti and stay at her home in Canmore the night before so I am set for this run! Thanks Liz!
Alright so the goal for this week is 32km with another 14km run making up most of those. Good thing Jill and I are facing the freezing weather together and running outside today, I need a break from the treadmill already!