I have never been a big fan of the treadmill. This is not just some irrational fear of taking a single wrong step and being thrown backwards, across the gym, into a group of innocent bystanders like a high speed projectile, although that could happen, right? Instead its a matter of never feeling fully comfortable on a treadmill. Every time I step up and hit the green “Start” button I feel like I am not a very good runner. I get overheated too quickly. I never run as fast as I do outside. I get bored staring at my own reflection for 45 minutes. It’s just not a great experience, but beyond the dislike, its just not as good of a training tool as running out in the wild.
To discuss the subject of the interminable hamster wheel, I sat down with author and fitness coach Luke Sniewski to discuss the subject for the Ojio Sport Fitbusters video series.
While the treadmill certainly has a place in any training regimen, for me, nothing beats the open road. So, put on some shiny and reflective clothes, look both ways before you cross the street, and get out there and feel the sun on your back and the wind on your face. Besides, most treadmills don’t hand out medals when you finish!
Whether you are traveling for work or fortunate enough to be on vacation, being away from home can put a damper on your training. Being in a strange room in a strange city can throw off even the most committed runners. For someone used to training on a consistent schedule and relying on a predefined set of tools, travel can make training difficult, especially if you are like me and hate the treadmill. After completing a couple of trips recently, I thought I would put together a couple of do’s and don’ts for the runner on the road.
Running on Vacation
This is probably the easier trip to plan for. First of all, hopefully your vacation plans are taking you somewhere scenic and temperate, the kind of place where you want to go for a run. That was my experience recently on a trip to Hawaii. Who wouldn’t want to run along the beach at sunrise in K’anapali? I simply packed a couple sets of running clothes, my sun glasses, and my Garmin watch. In this case I chose to leave the headphones behind because I wanted to be able to hear the wind and the surf and the birds. I also left behind any other gear that I normally have for longer runs, because my training didn’t call for anything over 5 miles.
A morning run in paradise
I didn’t do any advanced research on places to run because I assumed that it would be obvious. Our first morning in the hotel we walked down to the beach and saw numerous runners and walkers making their way up and down the K’anapali Beach Path. From there I logged on to the route creator at Map My Run to see just how far a run up and down the beach path would take me. I plotted out a course that would get me the mileage I needed and would have me finishing up at the entrance to Duke’s Beach House for fresh papaya-orange juice and some breakfast. Getting in a run or two during vacation, especially a vacation like this, is pretty straightforward, much different from the experience when traveling for work.