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!