Since its Friday, here are five things about treadmill running.
I have been doing my speed work/intervals on the treadmill lately. I typically avoid the treadmill like the plague, but I've caved on this one. Speed work is difficult is enough without adding in the hills and wind speed El Paso is throwing at me. Also, because I'm too lazy to program my Garmin ahead of time.
The most annoying thing about running on a treadmill: no snot rockets. TMI? Haha, maybe. All you runners know you do it when you are outside. Last week I was stuck on the treadmill when my nose started running. I suffered through wiping it constantly before I finally hopped off to get a paper towel. This week I got smart and grabbed a paper towel to keep in the little cup holder before I started.
I've found that it is much more difficult to transition between fast and slow speeds on the treadmill. I've been hopping onto the side rails while I switch speeds. In those few seconds of standing, my heart rate skyrockets until I get moving again. I think I should probably stay on the belt while I move the speed up and down.
Perceived effort is definitely increased on the treadmill. The first couple speed work runs I did outside. It was almost too easy. On the treadmill, it feels like work. If the point of speed work is push yourself to the limit, maybe there is more benefit from doing on the treadmill. I suppose the physiological effect would be the same because the speeds are the same. Maybe it is more of a mental benefit then.
The one thing that never happens on the treadmill: the cool down mile. Every time I start, I tell myself that I'm going to do it. This time I will get it done. Annnnnnd, it never seems to happen. Sometimes I make it a quarter or a mile or so...but never the full mile. The only reason the cool down mile happens outside is because I'm far away from my starting point and I have to get back. Haha...
Welp, there you go. Those are five of the things I think about treadmill running.