After an exceptionally dry and mild November, we are now experiencing some typical German fall weather. That means 30 to 40 °F (-1 to 5 °C), rain, and strong winds or even storms. Part of me is wishing for some snow, but on the other hand snow and ice free streets make my morning commute much easier. (Edit: It’s snowing right now! But it probably won’t last. Sigh!)
As running outdoors isn’t much fun at the moment (see above), I’ve moved most of my workouts indoors. And here’s my problem: I hate running on the treadmill!
I’ve tried everything: Listening to my favorite music (latest obsession: Katzenjammer!), watching TV (sadly, the sound isn’t working), going slower, doing intervals, etc. Nothing works!
My biggest problem with the treadmill is that it’s just so freaking hard. No matter how slow I run, my heart rate quickly reaches 170 bpm and gets even higher whenever I try to go a little faster.
That’s why I’m in a dilemma right now. Biking is actually my favorite kind of cardio, so I’m tempted to just hop on one of the stationary bikes every time I’m at the gym. Plus, I can watch TV with sound on the bikes, that’s an additional bonus. On the other hand, I’d like to keep running through the winter months, so that I don’t have to start from scratch in spring.
Well, if I can’t choose between biking and treadmill running, I’ll simply do both! Just like yesterday.
The Stats (Biking):
- Distance: 6.2 miles (10,0 km)
- Time: 22:00 minutes
- Average pace: 16.9 mph
- Feeling: Awesome
The Stats (Running):
- Distance: 1.0 mile (1,6 km)
- Time: 11:20 minutes
- Average pace: 11:20 min/mile
- Feeling: Not so awesome
That’s a compromise I can live with.
What do you prefer, biking or (treadmill) running? Are you tough enough to run outside through the winter months?