|Sometimes you tell the day, by the bottle that you drink. |
Sometimes when you run 20, all you do is think
*I don’t need to worry about refreshments and water stops and do-it-yourself aid stations. I lay out the s-caps, the gu, multiple bottles of water, all at hands reach.
* I don't have to peel on running tights. The equivalent of Friday casual days.
* I can knock out some reading, watch some DVR-ed shows, perhaps a sporting event, and the long hours spent running becomes less intrusive on my life. And all of this lets my brain disassociate while I run. (more on this below)
*I'm close to family, and it seems less like I am abandoning them for 3 hours on a saturday afternoon. Sure, I can't do much, but I am there to answer tough questions like "is the dishwasher clean?"
I don't think the treadmill fully mimics running outside, both in surface and gait, but there are some benefits.
But here's why it works for me and how:
* To have focus and concentration for the whole length of a long run would drive me crazy and maybe even miss my reason for running. I run to get into that dreamy, disassociative running state, kind of like a morning bong hit. Treadmills let me uniquely experience the high and the buzz of a run, but inside on the treadmill there's different media.
*A good movie, inspiring show, or important sports event often picks up my pace. Horror movies, as long as they're well made, make for a great run. Twice I have watched the movie Warrior and cried and screamed and ran in ecstasy both times.
*You of course need a good treadmill. After many weeks of shopping , I went with a nordictrack commercial 1500, and it's one of the best purchase I ever made.
*Finally, I don't equate treadmill pace with outside pace. I always find it's easier to run outdoors, and that a 8 minute mile seems harder on a treadmill (perhaps I have to recalibrate) so I add ten seconds per mile and don't fret about it.
|Jon Bon Jovi, the original Cowboy, is actually an avid runner.|
Now I have a BonJovi earworm! Thanks (I think).
I think the biggest benefit to me would be always being near a toilet. No more bush bathroom breaks!
Love this post! I sometimes feel like runners are hard on us runners who don't mind the treadmill.
I definitely agree will all of the advantages. For me as a mother who has a hubby who works long and late hours, another advantage is being able to run late at night even if no one else is home. Most of the miles are after little man's bedtime. I can't just leave my 20 month old sleeping in his crib and go out running, and I can't take him to the gym past his bedtime, so it works well. I feel like a lot of my runs would not happen without the treadmill.
I have recently learned not to watch a scary movie, while running... alone... in the basement, makes it hard to walk back up the stairs! LOL
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