Do you prefer running outside or on the treadmill?
The Treadmill Debate
When I first started running a little over 7 years ago, I ran almost exclusively on the treadmill. I didn’t really like running outside. I’m not sure when I made the switch but at some point I began running outside and from then I couldn’t stand running on the treadmill.
It’s not just the fact that it can be boring to run on the treadmill, it’s that I start to run funky because all I can think about is what my legs and feet are doing. This began when I was struggling with knee pain so I was trying to be really conscious of my running form.
Now, I usually max out around 5 miles on a treadmill. In some cases, if there is a TV built into the treadmill (not attached on top of the treadmill as that doesn’t work for me), and I can get really absorbed in a show, I end up having a really good run. But unfortunately most treadmills do not have this built-in TV function. I also had a good treadmill run once on a treadmill that allowed me to decrease the incline. I set it to 0.5-1% decline and while it may not have been the best cardio challenge, it sure helped with my form and allowed me to get a solid run done.
I also enjoy listening to podcasts while I’m running on the treadmill. My favorites are the Runners Connect Run to the Top podcast and Nicole Culver’s Blissful Bites podcast. I wrote a blog post about other podcasts if you are looking for some new ones -> Podcasts are Taking Over My Life!!
My main struggle with treadmill runs is that it’s too easy to cut a run short. If I am outside on an out-and-back route, I have to finish the distance in order to get back to where I started. But if I am on a treadmill and my goal is to run 5 miles, I can just as easily stop at 3 miles.
The mental game of the treadmill is the hardest part for me! So the other day, I tried out the run/walk method. It is daunting to me to think “I am going to run for 1 hour on this treadmill”. From the start I am already panicked and not looking forward to it. So instead, I told myself to just run for 5 minutes and then I could walk for 1 minute. My goal was still to run for 1 hour, but breaking it into smaller segments and only focusing on the block I was in, made it so much easier and the time went by rather quickly!
The only treadmill running photo I have – me and my roomies when I lived in Virginia:
Other Bloggers Treadmill Tips/Tricks/Thoughts
Jen had a different experience lately with her treadmill run -> Why Treadmill Runs are (Sometimes) a Good Thing
Amanda has some great tips on How to Survive Long Runs on the Treadmill (I’m not sure any tricks would get me through a 20 mile treadmill run though!)
Janae offers lots of treadmill workouts to try including this KILLER treadmill workout.
What is your longest treadmill run?
Do you mind running on the treadmill? Love it? Hate it?