I generally prefer to run outdoors. I like being able to see a variety of sights along the way — the houses, people, animals, and trees along the route. I like the fresh air.
But in the winter, I sometimes retreat indoors.
I’m not crazy about treadmills. I feel like they force changes in my gait and stride. Plus, there usually isn’t anything interesting to look at. Of course, if something became too interesting, I’d risk falling off.
If you’re doing some kind of specific training — speedwork, for example — treadmills are nice because you know you’re keeping a steady pace and not slowing down without realizing it. Or if you want to do hill work, you can change the incline on a treadmill instead of searching for hills.
And there aren’t many hills around my house.
But in general, I find treadmills a little boring. So even when it’s cold, I’m usually willing to bundle up and run outside.
Last week Tuesday, though, it was 34 degrees and raining, which in my opinion is the worst weather to run in. It’s cold, wet, and miserable. Wednesday it was crazy-windy and sleeting, which turned into sideways snow.
I’m not that dedicated. When the weather is like that, I’m heading inside.
And I’m thankful for my membership to the YMCA.