In my last post, I admitted to getting a treadmill, because I'm just not feeling tough enough to run in all the cold temperatures and on slippery surfaces this year. In the comments, many of you felt I was already pretty tough for running in -15c (5f), let alone the -30c (-22f) I have run in at times.
On the other hand, I know there are some that probably do think I'm a wimp. If there's one person that might call me a wimp for the treadmill purchase, it would be Keith. ;) I can forgive that though, as he lives in the same climate as I do, so he can legitimately claim to be tough.
I have to admit that I giggle a little when I see some of the southern bloggers complaining about the temperatures when they drop below freezing. Truthfully, my favourite temperature to run in is probably right around freezing, as long as there is no ice. On the flip side, I give you all permission to giggle in the summer when I complain that the temperatures hit 25c (79f). I find that really hot to run in. And no, we don't tend to get that much humidity here, so I can't even blame that...
In my defense the treadmill isn't just for cold weather. Truthfully, I think the biggest benefit is that it opens up my training time. With young kids, I can't run unless my husband is home, even when they are sleeping. Now, I can run at anytime. His work keeps threatening (ahem, talking about) sending him on a business trip. This takes away a lot of my anxiety about how to fit in training if that happens.
Don't worry, I know it's not the same as running outside! I'll still do lots of that, even in cold temps. But, when I can't, for whatever reason, it's nice to know that I can still run.