Last week due to the inclement weather hits that just kept on coming, I ran inside. Monday through Friday I banished myself to the movie theater in my gym watching seasonally inappropriate horror movies as I cranked out my miles on the treadmill. I have no idea why they were showing so many horror movies right before Christmas, but it’s my favorite genre so I’m not complaining.
I feel like every runner I know loathes the treadmill except for me. They find it boring and tedious while I actually think the treadmill can be really fun and there are a lot of things I really like about it. The biggest one being speed control. I use the treadmill for most of my speed training as I don’t have access to a track. It’s also nice for recovery runs because the surface is easier on my legs. I like it for hill intervals. And also…the movie theater. I would probably dislike the treadmill a lot more if I couldn’t watch movies while I ran.
(It sounds like I go to a really fancy gym doesn’t it? I don’t. It’s just a cheap little gym that randomly happens to have a really rad movie theater in it.)
While it was nice to avoid the wintry conditions, running inside did make me a little sad. Could I have gone outside to run? Probably, but the sidewalks weren’t clear and I work in a city environment where getting hit by a car would be a very real concern if I ran in the street. So I was very excited to wake up early on Saturday morning to get my long run in outside, freezing temps and more snow in the forecast be damned. I planned a new route and set out at around 6:30 am while my family was still asleep. What I didn’t realize at that time was how much FUN running in the early morning during the holidays would be! CHRISTMAS LIGHTS EVERYWHERE!
That big house up there? Yeah not mine. I was terrified that someone was going to see me taking that picture and think I was some kind of criminal. (I promise I’m not.) That was just one of so many beautifully decorated homes I saw. It seemed like everyone who had put lights up had them on. It was quiet and peaceful the way it always seems to get before it snows and I felt like I was the only person awake in the whole world. It was such a neat experience.
I had to traipse through the snow and ice a few times, but since it was early I could mostly run in the street. It was the first time I was able to break in my new shoes on pavement and it made me realize how badly needed those new shoes were!
Today the temperatures won’t climb out of the 20’s and I’m thinking my lunch run might be another movie date, which might make me a wuss. But I’m so glad I was finally able to get outside for that marvelous 10 miler on Saturday! I think I may need to do it again this weekend!
How do you feel about treadmill runs? Am I crazy for not hating them? Have you done a holiday lights tour on foot?
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I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!