I have always said I have a love/hate relationship with the treadmill. The treadmill is boring. The treadmill is annoying. The treadmill does not allow me to be outside and enjoy the scenery. The treadmill gets hot because inside of a gym running gets warm after a mile or 2.
All that being said I must admit and give some love to good old treadmill.
The treadmill has allowed me to keep training no matter what is going on outside. When I started running last year, it was the treadmill that began it all. In fact I really did not start running regularly outdoors until after my first 5K. Before it I had done maybe 10 runs total outside, 90% were always on this old treadmill at my condo complex gym.
Wow I forgot these existed hahaha these are from May 2010!
We got a YMCA membership this year so I have upgraded the treadmills I use but it is still the same. Now I use the treadmill to work on my speed and help me increase mileage when my joints are sore. You see my knee loves when I run on the treadmill, it really appreciates the lower impact it has versus pounding the concrete and pavement outdoors.
When I was feeling shin pain last month I turned to the treadmill and it did not let me down.
Sometimes when I run outside I get pain but when I am running on the treadmill it is 95% pain free. This leaves me feeling great.
My speed work is usually done on the treadmill. I know I know, most people will tell you get to a track, get it done outside. There are not many tracks around here and in New England the weather is unforgiving. I would not want to be working on speed on a slick icy or rainy track or roads. The beauty of the treadmill is it allows me to work on my speed safely.
My treadmill never lets me down. It is always there waiting to be powered up and ready to go. When we move and get a basement I know my first purchase will be a treadmill ;) I may call it the dreadmill sometimes because it can be monotonous, but I have a solution for that too. I get a running magazine and cover the display. Usually those super fit runners are enough to inspire many miles run on the treadmill ;)
Do you have a love/hate relationship with a piece of fitness equipment?