To The Treadmill I Go

I knew this day was coming.

Tuesday, I went for a 5 mile run with my run club at about 6:00 in the evening. It was still 106 degrees out and let me tell you, the run was brutal. It was the first time I had really felt uncomfortable in the heat while running. Okay, I’ll be real. I almost died.

I went out slower than usual so as not to burn out even though the sun was doing a good job of that. I was handling it okay up until mile 3 when I just felt the heat beating on me and completely wearing me out. I was going two minutes over what I’d normally run. Two minutes!! I had water with me and had been drinking periodically but it mostly ended up on my head and shirt. But even that did nothing to cool me off.

I started to think that maybe my outdoor runs were numbered.

Yesterday was track day, and I figured 3 miles of “speed work” (using that term loosely here lol) I could manage. Plus, there’s been ice pops at the end!

But my husband had a late day at work and I couldn’t make it to track (at least in time to meet up with my run club). This is where I had some decisions to make. Do I run outside or head to the gym? I recalled my feelings of light headedness and exhaustion from the day before and it was a no brainer. Treadmill time!

I’m actually a rare one that doesn’t mind the treadmill. I still get to do what I love which is running. This is also the only time that I listen to music when I run, although I still mostly don’t. (I didn’t yesterday.)

I spiced it up doing an interval workout and the time flew! That wasn’t the only thing flying–of course I had to document my run with a photo but I guess I should have let the treadmill stop before I attempted to take the pic:



So not only am I a horrible selfie picture taker, add the treadmill pic to the list. Oh well! πŸ™‚

It’s likely I’ll be visiting the treadmill often, starting like now. The heat has become pretty intense and the weather doesn’t look like it’s getting any cooler.



And if I really want to run outside?? Crazy o’clock in the morning it’ll have to be πŸ˜€

–Do you enjoy running on the treadmill?

–Are you bad at taking selfies or treadmill pics like I am?


30 responses

  1. I prefer outdoors of course, but treadmill runs can be great for interval training. I’m way less likely to stop on a treadmill than I am outdoors. And I am horrible at treadmill selfies, all sorts of blurry photos

    • Definitely think intervals are the way to go with the treadmill. Keeps things interesting for sure. I’m glad I’m not the only one bad at treadmill pics and selfies. I see all these people who take such great pics of themselves and I’m over here with my awkward self lol!!

  2. Gah. I solemnly swear I WILL NOT COMPLAIN about running in the heat. Instead I will think of Helly, melting. And then suck it up. You’re a beast for heading out in 100+ temps. I did a 70 mile ride in 103 degrees and felt like I had been desiccated by the time I got back home. Hottest I’ve run is mid 90s with 1,000% humidity. That was enough for me. πŸ™‚

    • Yes, Helly is melting over here!:) I do remind myself how much I love our winters though and I actually don’t mind the heat really, just not while I’m running lol!
      And I def think humidity + heat is way tougher.

  3. I actually don’t mind the treadmill, as long as the gym/location of said treadmill isn’t too unpleasant. The Planet Fitness I’ve been frequenting is really stuffy and not well air-conditioned, so it doesn’t make that much of a difference for me. Good luck staying cool!

  4. Oh Helly come on, it’s not that hot out, it’s only 107*. Pretty soon it will be 120* and that is some real heat lol. Last few weeks I’ve actually forced myself to go out about 5 so I can get used to the heat. Many of our fellow bloggers called it “endurance training” much like elevation training and that makes sense. I am vowing to limit my dreadmill runs and fight through the heat, WHO IS WITH ME??? Yeah no takers lol.

    • You know there’s something wrong with us when we say, “Oh, 107?? That’s not that bad!” LOL! Yes, those 120ers are going to be killers! I def don’t mind hitting the trails at crazy o’clock in the morning because I LOVE trails. It’s different though running on the roads–not as fun.

  5. 101 – 113* degrees?!?!?! I’d be all over that treadmill too!

    I’m committing to doing my easy runs outside, but I’ll be doing my speedwork on the treadmill until September. All of the running outside is making me SO THIRSTY though. I literally wake up in the middle of the night and have to chug a full glass of water (and then I wake up to pee 10 times).

  6. Ok that is HOT! Wow. I don’t min the treadmill but I prefer outdoors. When I do run inside I prefer doing intervals to help mix it up. Love the blurry photo, you are just fast like that!

  7. Hahaha omg that ice cream truck pic. πŸ™‚
    I am one of those people that doesn’t mind the treadmill either and have moved some of my runs inside, mostly because it’s easier on my knee but also we have such wicked humidity here. Smart decision. πŸ™‚

  8. I’m not a fan of the treadmill, but I completely understand why you resorted to it.
    I’m trying to stick with outdoor running this summer, but the early wake up calls are tough. And I still don’t necessarily beat the humidity- yesterday’s run was a brutal (read slow) 9 miles before 7 am.
    But either way, as long as we’re running we’re happy right? Not to mention we’ll appreciate fall that much more when it comes πŸ™‚

  9. 113 degrees in the forecast??? HOT! I don’t really mind running on the treadmill either. My treadmill has a fan built into it (best feature ever) and I watch TV or movies when I’m on it. I’ve never tried to take a selfie on a treadmill which is good because I’d probably get thrown off the back of it in the process. πŸ™‚

  10. I like the treadmill, especially for speedwork. It’s slightly easier on my joints and I usually watch something on my ipad to pass the time. I definitely would not be running around in over 100 degrees, if for no other reason than I fry in the sun (darn fair skin even with high SPF sunblock)

  11. Oh hell no. This is why I moved to Alaska! I have done lots of training on treadmills before and it’s not that bad as long as you have a TV. At least you won’t have heat exhaustion so I totally support it!

  12. Not much of a treadmill person myself because I get bored running on one after only a few minutes, but if the temps aren’t cooperating outside, then I’m very thankful the treadmill is there!

    Of course, I have to admit that I’m weird, and I really enjoy running in temps above 95 degrees so during the summer the treadmill is used only on stormy days when there’s lightning. πŸ™‚

  13. Wow – that is seriously hot! I’m impressed you can run over 100F at all – I think I would melt like that truck. I remember visiting Vegas when it was 108F and I could just about manage to go from casino to casino. The can cope with the treadmill for shorter runs. Our air quality gets really bad in winter so sometimes there’s no choice.