If you’ve read my blog at all you know that I LOVE my treadmill!!! I log the majority of my miles on the treadmill and I rarely race anymore.
I ran competitive track and cross country in high school and college. When I was in grad school (in Alabama) I raced a lot and never once trained on a treadmill.
It wasn’t until after we had Jordan that I converted to being a treadmill runner.
Because of the nature of Chris’ job –
he has always had to be away for varying lengths of time. I didn’t want to share my running (I’m selfish like that!!!) by pushing a stroller so we bought a treadmill. (I’m on my 3rd in 16 years!)
Over the years I’ve learned to love running on the treadmill.
* It doesn’t matter how cold or hot it is outside
* It is never raining or snowing or muddy
* I can always pause for a pit stop without having to duck behind a tree.
* I stay caught up on my DVRed shows!!
* I could run during nap-time, early morning or after the boys were in bed when they were little and couldn’t be left alone and I was doing the single parent gig!
Most of the time I’m perfectly fine with the fact that I am a treadmill runner. However, there are times that things come up that make me question if I really am a true runner since most of my miles are on the treadmill.
I know that there are differences – no wind, not a natural incline, controlled climate…..I try to accommodate for some by setting my treadmill at 1.5 incline for all of my runs and then using the incline for hills on occasion.
I don’t race much these days – mostly because I always raced to win not just to finish a race and the training required for that is more than my body can handle these days since I have had more stress fractures than I can count.
However, I know that running is running and it doesn’t matter where you run, how far you run, how fast you run or if you take a picture to document the run – RUNNING IS RUNNING!!!
In my heart I know that I am a runner – I am a treadmill runner and proud of it!!!
What are your thoughts – is all running the same?
Do you run? Where do you like running the most?