Depending on the purpose you’re running you can choose either to run on theor run outside. As a runner, I started running on a at the gym and after a few weeks, I really can’t say that I was terribly bored, but I didn’t like the fact that I was running so much but still in the same spot. Running on the sort of made me feel like a hamster stuck in a cage. My friend and I called it the hammy machine. Also when you’re running on the treadmill, you’re either staring at the TV, or the stare at the same people working out, or you’re staring at the treadmill stats and how much longer you have, what distance speed and incline you’re at, or you’re staring at the speed and incline the guy beside you is going at, then you try to beat him by either going faster or raising your incline. I don’t know how people do it, I also see people running on the treadmill and read a book or talk on the phone? Those are just things that annoy me about running on the treadmill.
The advantages of running on the treadmill can also be it’s disadvantages. Treadmill running you get to enjoy controlled temperatures, you never have to miss your favourite show on tv, can always run with friends, don’t have to worry about music, you can stop whenever you want and know where you are, the treadmill settings are all manually controlled and the rubber on the running belt is not hard on the knees. I feel that running on the treadmill is great for beginners but not for the runner who wants to get more serious and hardcore. If you want to get serious about running or challenge yourself, you have to run outdoors.
Working in an office building with hardly any windows makes me feel claustrophobic, butI feel free. I can run wherever I want! The road and weather conditions are always unpredictable. Uneven paths, different elevation, bugs, car and foot traffic are also issues that you have to deal with when but the advantages far outbeat the disadvantages. You can run around your neighborhood, get lost and enjoy the always changing scenery. The challenges of outdoor running makes me feel alive and if I overcome them, they make me stronger. The transition from treadmill to outdoor running can be hard and you have to learn how to pace yourself. Start off at a slower pace otherwise you will quit as soon as you start. Once you’re comfortable with , it’s all about the training and getting faster and running longer.
Overall I choose running outdoors. It’s an amazing feeling.
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