On many of my outdoor runs I have run past gyms. When I am fighting rain, wind or snow I understand why I see so many people running on treadmills indoors. But when it is nice out I always wonder why on earth someone would choose treadmill running over the great outdoors. What is with those people I always wonder?
Well, today I was one of those people. The temperature actually went above 0C today. We have been waiting for that for months. And there I was heading to the local rec centre to work out on a treadmill. I actually purposely took out all of my outdoor running gear from my gym bag before heading to work today because I knew that if I had a choice I would be heading outdoors. So why rob myself of a fun run outside? I need to make sure I can run in warmer temperatures. At the moment the predicted temperature in Prague on race day is 12 C. In many ways I consider that to be an ideal temperature. But it is worth considering that 12 degrees is 20, if not 30 degrees warmer than what I am currently used to! I’m not even used to drinking water on my runs – really there hasn’t been any point in carrying it since it would just freeze solid. So treadmill it was. I may even hit it one more time this week. My hope is that running in the stagnant, still, warm air of the gym will make a spring day in Prague feel perfect.
On a different note, my Nike Tempos passed the long run test, completing 19 km last weekend. I have now run in them 4 times and no blisters to be found. I think I might be a little stiffer in my calves with them, but I am putting that down to just adjusting to the lower drop and change of shoe style. I am going to switch back and forth between them and the heavier Nimbus, again with the idea that running with a heavier shoe for some runs will make the lighter shoe feel like nothing. I’ll take every slight advantage I can get!