Thursday, July 21, 2011

I Hate You Treadmill

Why I hate the treadmill...
  • I'm running, but I'm not making any forward motion which makes me feel like I'm not really running.
  • It is hard. I never understand when people say that treadmill running is easier then running outdoors, for me it feels the opposite. I really struggle and it is difficult for me to maintain my normal pace.
  • My gym does not have fans by the cardio equipment and I am a sweaty beast. This morning on my 10 mile treadmill run I had to wash the machine down after use. There was a puddle on the belt and my glistening sweat kissed every part of that machine.
  • No one wants to run on the treadmills around me. This is probably because my sweat flings off my arms, legs and my ponytail but it makes me think that I smell. Okay I probably do smell, but maybe I smell worse then I think.
  • I cannot stand watching the countdown of how much time is left. I. HATE. IT. Sometimes I feel like 30 minutes have gone by when the clock tells me it has only been 5.
  • I hate controlled conditions. I feel like this doesn't at all prepare me for what may come on race mornings. Sometimes the more challenging the weather is the better I feel post-run, like I actually accomplished something meaningful.
  • People come up to me and say "you're still going?". Why yes I am still going, obviously.
  • Sometimes men like to go a few treadmills down from me and I feel like they are trying to race me. Why? Does this prove your manliness? I will not race you, my workout is too important to be bothered by your ego issues. Please get a grip on yourselves.
  • Two towel limit??? Who are they kidding. I need like 12.
Does anyone else hate the treadmill, or is it just me?

Please explain because I don't get it, how is it easier then running outside? I DON'T GET IT!!!

28 comments:

  1. I AGREE!!

    I hate, hate, hate the treadmill. My husband is going out of town for 3 weeks in August. Since we have 3 little kids, and I have to be out the door by 5:30 am at the latest... Well, looks like most of my runs will be on the dreadmill during that time period. I'm already breaking out into a cold sweat thinking about it. I'm seriously trying to come up with alternatives for my weekend long run because I CAN NOT do a 16-miler on that thing!! I will lose my ever-loving mind!

    I venture to say most people don't want to run next to you because they are embarrassed by how slow they are compared to you, not because you stink.

    And yeah, dudes don't want a girl to show them up. I work out at a Marine Corps base. I have guys try to race me all the time. You have to admit it's kind of fun when they peter out. I find that most of them are good for about 3 miles, then they're DONE.

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  2. There's a reason we never replaced ours when it broke five years ago....pure disdain for the thing! I'd rather run in this heat or a good ole blizzard.

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  3. It's a love hate relationship for me. I learned to love it when I first moved here during snomageddon. I didn't want to run outside when it was below 40. But I had races to run so I needed to just do it. Then I started loving running on the lake front for a while until all the cyclists and clueless walkers came out of hibernation when the weather got warm. Now I'm back to treadmill because it's too hot. I play games to stay interested- like increase the speed every mile or half mile of my workout (yay negative splits), I do intervals on it because there isn't a track near me (I think). And I'll also do hill workouts on it.

    I cover the time with a towel and promise I won't look at the time until I've heard 3-5 songs on my iPod. That helps a bit. I did my 13 mile run last week on it and felt great even though I had to restart the tread after 60 minutes. (stupid time limit) some days it's easier than others to run on it.

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  4. This post is awesome! Don't show it to EMZ though!

    I agree with everything you have on here. I hate treadmill running, and will only do it if necessary due to weather or darkness (generally only during the winter do I run on the treadmill).

    I will say that I think it is a little easier running on the treadmill versus outside. I put the treadmill at 1% inclince at least to mimic flat ground outside - I find that I can maintain a little bit faster pace on the treadmill than I could outside.

    Totally agree with you on it not being cool enough in the gym, I'm always sweating more on the treadmill than I do running outside. Running outside normally provides a naturally cooling fan (except for when it is insanely hot).

    And lol on people racing you on the treadmill! I bet you get raced a lot in the gym, because for some reason guys love to race others on the treadmill. I try to avoid that problem and just run my pace. Next time that happens on the treadmill you should challenge them to a race, haha

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  5. I totally agree with you! I HATE the treadmill! Hate it! I can't do it...every time I try I just give up.

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  6. I actually do like running on the treadmill! I like a controlled environment, even though I understand that it doesn't prepare you for any sort of real race environment (but, I don't run that many races so...). I'm a control freak like that. I'm a wimp and totally love running in the A/C with fans blowing on me (your gym doesn't have them by the treadmills?? terrible!!). I don't own a Garmin, so running on a treadmill is the only way I can track my progress while I'm running. Plus, the treadmills at my gym face a glass wall that overlooks the indoor pool--a pretty nice view as far as treadmills go--I know I'm spoiled here. And, generally speaking, I'm usually just so darn happy to be fitting a run into my day that I'm not too picky about where I do it. I've never gone 10 on the mill though...

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  7. so i hate to admit it, but i LOVE the treadmill. that is the only time i watch tv, so i save up all my favorite shows for that time and it makes it really fun. we also have one at home, so that helps with the number of towels, fan positioning, etc. it's nice to hop on for a couple miles, throw in some laundry, get back on it, repeat.

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  8. Agreed, agreed, agreed!!! I never understand when people say running outside is harder. For me, I hit the street & my legs just go...
    Yesterday while I was running (on the mill), I was trying to put together a Top 10 Reasons Why I Love the Treadmill... trying to think positive, but my answers all sounded like a sarcastic Top 10 from Letterman! LOL!

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  9. hahaha. I LOVE the treadmill (bc i can go faster on it) but omg I love the part about dudes trying to race. it happens so much it's hilarious. And yes, they are trying to prove their manliness :).

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  10. I just wish I had one for the days it is too hot or too cold to run outside. I have an elliptical but it is just not the same. I do remember hating it before though.

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  11. You make me smile!!! Those same thoughts enter my mind, but then there I days I love the TM...usually speed workouts where I break up the time.

    Those guys have NO SHOT at racing you.

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  12. At first I used to LOVE the treadmill and HATE running outside. I liked that I could force myself to run faster than usual by upping the speed. When I ran outside I felt like I could slow down because there was nothing "forcing" me to run faster. That all changed when I got myself a Garmin though. I now much prefer to run outside in the fresh air but still use the treadmill in the winter and when it's too hot out!

    Thanks for making me smile! This post was funny :)

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  13. I used to think it was easier but now that I've been outside so much and then get on the TM, I feel crazy and it feels harder! Ha! YOu sweat like Jenn...:) I used to like it for the control aspect but then I got a Garmin and try to take advantage of outside running in the summer since it won't be happening in the wet winters!!

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  14. Treadmills are a necessary evil in the winter otherwise I avoid them every chance I get. Even in this heat and humidity I run outdoors, better than a treadmill. Come winter I cut running to minimum maintenance in order to avoid the boredom of treadmills and alternatively focus on other ways of staying fit.

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  15. I agree that it's not very fun on the treadmill, I think it is SUPER BORING. All I'm doing is watching the clock and counting down until I'm done, and then what do I have to say for it?! I ran 3 miles but didn't.. go anywhere.. However, I like the treadmill because it HELPS me stay at the same pace where when I'm running outside, I tend to speed up and slow down and wear myself out before I should have.

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  16. I have run in some positively horrific weather because positively horrific weather was better than the treadmill. I'm with you. I despise it.

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  17. oh yes, i DEFINITELY think the effort level is higher for a slower pace on the treadmill. grrr... and my shins and knees hurt worse on a treadmill, must be something about the way i move on them. i just run in the heat.

    now when winter gets here, i go indoors. i'm weird, i don't mind dying in heat but i can't run in 30 degree weather :)

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  18. I guess I like the treadmill because it's in my basement, which is always cold, there's a t.v. to watch to keep me distracted, no one driving or walking by staring at me, and no bugs. I guess if I was doing it in a gym, I'd feel different.

    I'm not knocking running outside, I like it too, but only if the weather is between 45 and 75 degrees...around here that limits me to about 4 months out of the year. I sweat buckets, too, so anything over 75 degrees makes me feel like I'm going to die!

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  19. I started running on a treadmill and then once I had the opportunity to run outside I was hooked, I really really don't like running on a treadmill. Unfortunately I'm gonna have to join a gym soon and at least it will give me the option to run on a treadmill when it's raining or super cold. But it's definitely not my first choice!
    I love running outside, it's such a freeing feeling and I feel like I am working really hard because I am pushing myself.

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  20. The competitive behavior you observe of guys racing you at the gym is not isolated to treadmills. It happens plenty with free weights, bench, squat, etc... Typically failures involving weights are more epic than a slowing of pace. From anecdotal experience it was most prevalent in gyms with a lot of younger people (college, military). Guys do this to other guys so it is not gender specific. I suspect the people doing this don't really have much experience or a plan of their own to follow coupled with some arrogance. You are doing a public service by humbling these folks.

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  21. Ha ha! I'm so imagining your sweat flying off you! I have literally supersaturated my shorts before and had to stop the treadmill just to soak up some of the water with a towel. SAD.....Lots of looks from the peanut gallery.

    I was forced on the treadmill for a lot of speed throughout the winter especially the year I trained for Boston. I got somewhat used to it because I had little choice. After spending a couple of months SOLELY outside I took back to the machine one day this week (not entirely by choice) and almost left a butt print on the wall while grabbing on to both sides! I find it SO difficult to run on right now. Easy pace even seems hard and one mile takes FOREVER. Anyway, I'm with you. So thankful we got some relief with the weather today and I could actually breathe outside! Hope things are looking up for you with the weather!! Have a great weekend:)

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  22. I HATE IT TOO. I feel like I want to poke my eyes out. Literally. and the time goes UBER SLOW.....it is PAINFUL. I feel like I am trying to convince myself to stay on that the thing the whole time b/c I am about 2seconds from jumping off b/c I feel like I am going to scream....it is just not fun in any way shape or form. The only thing I could see it good for is if there is ablizzard outside or you need to do hills but have none around you.
    P.s one of the Bridesmaids I did makeup for the other day was from Chicago and she totally talked different...do you talk different too? would I think you had an accent if I spoke to you?:)

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  23. I am also NOT a big fan of the TM. I agree with you, running outside is easier for me as well. The TM just zaps my energy or something. I always have to cover the timer/distance because I will just stare at it. The only time I am really thankful for the TM is when the weather is SUPER awful.

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  24. I HATE running on the treadmill. You are not alone!! I have to run on it tonight since its 105 here... gross

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  25. I hate the treadmill too! I skipped my run today because I just couldn't bring myself to do it. Then of course I felt guilty and cooped up for not running...

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  26. Too funny. I hate the treadmill too!

    Time inches by too slowly.

    Paces seem more uncomfortable when you're stuck inside, not moving forward...

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  27. I don't hate the treadmill, but I much prefer to run outside. I definitely think treadmill running is harder than running outdoors. I rarely feel bored when running outside, but I almost always do on the treadmill and so I almost never achieve flow.

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  28. Ha! I love your list! I think it is harder to run on the treadmill too, but I like it for speedwork, because it makes it easier :)

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