I firmly believe that running outside during the winter is good for the lungs… up until a certain point. This morning was the coldest morning we’ve had in my area of New York in about 2 years (or so the news said), and I’m not talking about running in 35-degree weather and calling it cold. I would almost run in shorts at 35 degrees. I even run when it’s 10-degrees out. This morning we were not even close.
Because we’re not really supposed to hit double-digits this week, I decided that I would venture to a place I’ve avoided like the plague since February of 2012. I pre-heated my car (which was still cold after 10 minutes) and headed to the fire department to run on the treadmill.
I used to run on the treadmill 4-5 times a week. I ran 7 miles per run and broke the treadmill twice. Then I started running outside and began to realize how weak my lungs were and how much the treadmill aided in my ability to run a faster pace than I could in real life and without hills and elements that add to one’s endurance as a runner.
This morning, it was torture.
I used to watch tv as I ran.
I used to hold onto the treadmill.
I used to be able to run for hours in that little, stagnant room where the treadmill is too loud and the tv speakers too low.
I used to enjoy it.
I kept thinking about where I was on my outside run course. “I’m 15 minutes in, so I’d probably be almost King St by now.”
My speed was great on the treadmill. I started off at an easy 7 mph and decided that would take too long, so I bumped my speed to 8 mph. That’s close to what I run now outside, and it was easy as pie on the machine.
It’s been a while since I sweat like that. Running outside in the winter (and dressing appropriately) has a way of keeping you from the sweat-soaked clothes of a summer run. Stuck in a small room with only a treadmill fan, zero windows, and a suffocating amount of air flow, I was drenched and bright red once finished.
How do you like running on a treadmill versus running outside?
What do you do to keep you occupied while treadmill running?