Due to this cold, snowy winter I was forced to join Planet Fitness to be able to stick to my training plan for my upcoming half-marathon. The treadmill is my least favorite piece of cardio equipment at the gym but it has become a necessity. I much prefer running outdoors but I have great difficulty doing so when the temps dip below 40 degrees. With all the snow and ice covering the sidewalks and streets it is also dangerous for a klutz like myself.
- Easy to control desired pace especially during tempo runs and speed workouts
- No wind, rain, ice, extreme cold/heat or any other outdoor elements to deal with
- Safe environment
- Mentally challenging especially during long runs
- Foot strikes in a repetitive way that increases chance of injury
- I have to drive to the gym to use the treadmill
- Running but never getting anywhere
Outdoor Running Pros:
- Scenery changes, never boring
- Fresh air
- Less repetition
- I can walk out the door and run
- Not as mentally challenging due to environmental distractions
- I can put my 2 year old in her jogging stroller and I don’t need a babysitter
Outdoor running Cons
- Bad weather conditions-wind, snow, ice, rain, etc.
- Safety concerns
As you can see there are many pros and cons to both outdoor running and treadmill running. I personally prefer running outdoors because the scenery always changes and I never seem to get bored as I do when I run on a treadmill. I think a good training plan incorporates both treadmill running and outdoor running.
Do you prefer running on a treadmill or outdoors? How do you balance the two?
Today I practiced some yoga in the morning with my Baron Baptiste DVD. Tomorrow my scheduled training is mile repeats which I will be doing for the forst time ever. My previous training for any race just consisted of running, this is the first time I am actually training for speed. I will let you know how I do tomorrow.