Running on a Treadmill

Like many runners I don’t enjoy running on a treadmill. I generally only do so when it is really my only option like when the sidewalks are icy or it is too cold to run outside. Fortunately when I do need to resort to running on a treadmill I have easy access to one at my in-laws.

Tonight was one of those nights where I had to go for a run on the treadmill. We have been hit with a bit of a cold snap the past couple of days. With the temperature sitting at -28 C with the windchill, or -18 F, when I left for work this morning I already figured it was going to be one of those days where the treadmill is the best option.

The temperature did warm up by a few degrees later this afternoon and I considered going for my usual run home from work but since I had a lot of stuff to cart home with me and I did not feel like having to go back to the office for it later I headed for the treadmill.

When I do run on a treadmill I find that I need a distraction to take my mind off the fact that I am just running on a treadmill. Otherwise I spend my time looking at the display on the treadmill to count down how much farther I have left before I can shut it down. A hockey game or a ball game is usually good for that. Tonight my distraction was a snowboarding movie, The Art of Flight. Here is a sample…

This seemed to do the trick for me tonight as I completed 8 km, or 5 miles, in just under 40 minutes.

Do you enjoy running on a treadmill or do you try to avoid it?

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