I walked around the office in my new Asics shoes today to test them out.
Just walking around, they seem okay. There’s a lot of cushion in the heel area, so that’s good. Since they are new and I haven’t worn them at all, they feel pretty stiff.
My goal was to work out in the gym in my office today and test out my new shoes. Just in case I need to return them, I don’t want to wear the shoes outside. I ate an orange and drank some water before heading to the gym.
I used to use the gym at work a lot. I stopped using it when I began running outside.
I’ve Come A Long Way
When I first started running, it was 100% on the gym treadmill. I went to a small community gym/pool near my apartment and they didn’t have a lot of machines. I did the elliptical mostly but I found it got crowded and I didn’t want to wait for machines. I started using the treadmill and got a lot better at it.
But once I started running outside last year…I never stepped on a treadmill again (that I remember). I just can’t do it. Now that I’ve been an outside runner only, I just can’t bring myself to get back on the treadmill.
Today I started running on the treadmill at the speed I remember using.
It was surprisingly slow.
I amped up the speed until I felt comfortable, paying attention to my Heart Rate Monitor, and tried to figure out how to recreate my usual lunchtime run outside.
I quickly realized how far I’d come from the old days of running on the treadmill. I ran the 3.05 miles without walking or stopping (I used to walk on the treadmill every 1/2 mile or so).
And I quickly realized that I hate the treadmill.
During the first 5 minutes of my run I was bored. My thought was “This is going to be a wasted workout!” I felt frustrated and annoyed. I ran on the treadmill though, paying attention to my new shoes. I didn’t notice anything glaringly obvious so I guess they are okay!
I ran 3.05 miles on the treadmill in 34:21 minutes. After the treadmill, I did some weights:
I gauge a work out on three things:
1. How much I sweat.
2. How many calories I burn.
3. How my body feels doing it.
While I originally thought “This is going to be a wasted workout”, it turned out to be pretty good! I definitely worked up a good sweat. I burned more calories than I was expecting.
Distance: 3.05 miles
Calories Burned: 449
Time: 35 ish on the treadmill, 15 doing weights, etc.
QUESTION: Do you run on a treadmill or outside? Which do you prefer?