I like to think of myself as a runner who will run in any conditions.
I mean, I grew up in the frozen tundra of Upper Michigan. And now I’m a New Englander. We aren’t afraid of cold weather!
Browsicles, lashicles – no big deal!
The picture above is from my friend Sarah and I after our 13 mile run on Saturday in 9 degrees. I had marvelous company but it was far from a marvelous run. I don’t think it was the coldest temperature I’ve ever run in but it was definitely the coldest I’ve ever been on a run. The un-thawing afterwards was very painful.
I profess that I really dislike the treadmill and will not run on it unless I absolutely have to.
Well, last week, I willingly went to my treadmill. More than once.
It was a bone chilling, “I can’t feel my toes”, snot is frozen to my face, 3 degrees, when I woke up for most of my zero dark thirty runs.
I’m all, I LOVE MY TREADMILL, on those days.
The treadmill can be quite boring. There’s no doubt about that. I usually have to play with the speed and incline constantly to keep myself engaged in the run. Otherwise I’m ready to hop off and call it quits after 10 minutes. Music helps a ton. As does catching up on TV shows that you would never otherwise watch.
Having your own treadmill or access to one does have it’s benefits. Especially in the winter when the weather is usually far from ideal for completing quality workouts when you need to run hard.
- Since the belt is constantly running, it will be dragging your legs under and behind you during your stride cycle. By doing this, your hamstring muscles (which would typically be doing this work when outside) will be working less and you will be relying more heavily on your quads.
- The treadmill tells the brain that you’re running on an unstable surface, which activates your stabilizing muscles and can put more strain on muscles like the piriformis, hip flexors and lower back.
- The treadmill encourages more heel striking and leg extension, which can put more strain on the knees, hamstrings and calves.
All of the workouts in this post are ones that I have done. I can attest that they will kick your butt just like any outdoor workout. You definitely are not cheating by using the treadmill.
When asked, I will now say that I love my treadmill. It’s the greatest thing ever.
I just don’t want to use it.
What’s the lowest temperature you have run in?