Thursday, January 24, 2008

Treadmill Running - Argh!!!

Some days you can't live with them and others days they are a necessity. For me I wish I would never have to set foot on another one. However, the weather this winter in MN has been so varied I have to train more and more on it. It gone from nice to warm to sub freezing temps with dangerously low windchill to snow and icey to nice. These aren't ideal running conditions. These are the reasons why I got a treadmill last winter.

For me treadmill running always makes me slower and my body aches so much after the run. I wonder if it does any good. When I run outside I wouldn't imagine walking for 1/4 to 1/2 mile because I was tired but I do it all the time on the treadmill. I don't think I have the mentality to run comfortably on it. Those horrible runs on the treaddmill make me question my running ability and how it will affect my training. I've tried all the tips in the world but I don't seem as fluid and effortless when running on the treadmill and it is discouraging.

I don't like the way my body response to training on it. My quads, hamstrings, and upper back/shoulder area are always super sore for a few days after the run. If I don't feel that way outside I wonder why it happens inside. Maybe stretching will help more and I'm considering getting massages more frequently during this training session.

The question is when the temps get colder I also seem to slow down. So what is the trade off? Running slower outside in the cold without the aches and pains or running on the treadmill pushing myself and maybe going a little faster but sorer for a few days.

We'll see if theincreased treadmill running I have done over the past few weeks will make a difference in the half marathon I'm doing this weekend. The Securian Frozen Half. Lovely title. :)

1 comment:

MichiganRunnerChick said...

You may want to try taking an ice bath when you are really sore, or at least ice the areas that are sore. That will make a big difference, along with stretching every day, whether you run or not. Good luck!