I love the treadmill. I hate the treadmill.

I’m what I call a surge runner, meaning that I surge and slow down a zillion and one times during a mile. It’s fairly easy for me to hit a consistent average mile after mile but if there was a chart of the pace on my Garmin or Timex when I run, each mile would look like a mountain range. This is the reason I credit{blame} as to why it’s really hard for me to run on the treadmill.

Okay, okay, you say it’s hard for everyone. First I will differ on that, some people like Emily of RunEmz prefer the treadmill over outdoor running – I would venture to say that she doesn’t think running on a treadmill is all that hard every day. I also happen to think that each of us are different in a wonderful way, so while there may be a handful of different reasons why the treadmill is hard for us, it’s not a one size fits all reason as to why it seems harder than the great outdoors.

Come February I’m over the treadmill. Thankful to have one in my basement, but very much over it.

Colton started pre-school a couple of weeks ago and up until today I hadn’t gotten the chance to run outside during that time. Snow cancellations or simply wanting to walk around a store ALONE while he was in school trumped running, till today. I packed all my pre and post run neccesities and planned to run from his school after I walked him up to his classroom. This would leave no room for excuses. It would also maximize the little amount of time I had before I had to be back home to get Miles off the bus.


Colton’s pre-school is in the historic area of town, an area I absolutely love running in. Loops never get tiring, always something to look at – things I love or things I’ve never noticed before.

I got a little excited about my first run outside in I don’t even know how long that I started to pick up the pace – jumping over snow piles, bounding up hills – I felt like a little kid. By mile 7 my body nicely reminded me that I was really OUT of shape for outdoor running. The treadmill is just not the same no matter how you slice it.

I’ve been thinking about the feeling of loving something, as a child loves something, a lot lately. They are passionate and happy. The do what makes them giggle or smile and pay no attention to what other people think.

I wear what I want – from bright pink shirts, to a zillion and one bracelets piled on my arms because it makes me happy in the way that a little girl gets excited about wearing a hot pink tutu to school on her first day. This training cycle, if I can even call it that at this point, has had some highs and lows, but the one thing that is remaining consistent is the fact that I am enjoying running for the sake of running – as a child would. Today’s run wasn’t about the fact that I needed to run 8 miles, or I should run 8 miles, or worrying about if the pace was too fast for an easy run and way too slow for a speed run. It was about having fun the way Chloe or Miles do when they run around and pretend they are mommy. I’m smiling as I write this.Potomac River Running Kids

Fall in love with running and you won’t get sick of it – you won’t be someone who used to run years ago – or someone who wishes they had the motivation to run but just can’t seem to bring themselves to do it. You have to be IN LOVE with this sport to keep doing it month after month, year after year – even when the going gets tough. That’s what it’s like for me and running – it’s a till death do us part type of relationship.


  1. Just a heads-up you misspelled Colton in the fifth paragraph. I hate treadmill running too – I need to look at things when I run, and feel like I’m going somewhere. Glad you can run outside again!

  2. Beautifully written! Things are so much fun through a child’s eyes, where imagination, confidence and energy abound!! I can’t run right now due to ACL surgery, but the fact that running is who I am makes the challenge and recovery so much more meaningful. Thank you!

  3. Yikes – thank you!!! :)

  4. Love love love this.
    I’m with you on why I don’t like treadmills. In addition to finding them boring after a winter running on them, I find it easier to be in charge of my own pace outside, where I can run the same mile pace, but how I want to run it – fast, slow, fast, slow, whatever my body feels like.
    I might think of that final paragraph next time somebody asks me why I run- because I’m in love with it. Easy as that :)

  5. Your daughter nailed it, she looks exactly like you in the cover of Women’s Running.

  6. Wow that is an awesome picture of your daughter! I think she nailed it right on the head!

  7. Beautiful Piece! I too love running because it has taught me that the impossible can become possible with hard work and determination. There are tons of reasons I love running but it’s hard to put them all into words.

  8. This is such a great reminder. Thank you.

  9. Love this, it’s so true. I let myself stop for a couple years after injury, even once I was healed, because I was focused on what I couldn’t do compared to where I “should” be rather than just remembering how much I love it. Just going out and running happy is how I came back to the sport!

  10. I love this! SO true!! I have several friends who just can’t get into running because they think they have to do it a certain way, but if you find the way that works for YOU, it’s much easier to enjoy :) Great post!

  11. That’s great! And really finding something active and healthy that you love to do is one of the best things someone can do for themselves in life. Not everyone likes racquetball, hiking, swimming or running….but if you can find something…do it and do it a lot. Active children and young adults tend to be active older adults.

  12. YES! It sure is a relationship I plan to have til death due us part. I am feeling the same way about my treadmill right about now. I FINALLY got outside yesterday and it felt amaaaahzing! :) Chloe is adorable in that last picture!

  13. I LOVE this post! Thank you so much for reminding all of us to really enjoy living a healthy and active lifestyle, no matter what it is you enjoy doing. In the running store the other day, I was asking if they had any other colors for compression socks because “I prefer to look like a rainbow threw up on me.” All the great colors and comfortable clothes and awesome shoes make running totally worth it. :)

  14. Enjoying your blog! I have definitely fallen in love with running! Best wishes!


  15. “Fall in love with running” is a great way to phrase it, and I’m glad that you are able to head outdoors again. It is so different from the treadmill, but the view always trumps it too. With the weather slowly warming up, a glorious Spring is on the horizon. I’d agree that besides the vow I made to my wife a little more than a year ago, running is one of the few other relationships that will continue until death. Run happy and run wisely.


  16. I had one of those runs this weekend where I couldn’t help smiling and just feeling like a little kid. It was probably a combination of the unusually warm weather and the fact that I was running my longest training run yet and just felt GREAT. On top of that, I knew I looked silly from my purple running getup, but I just didn’t care. I didn’t care! It was amazing. This post reminds me to try to feel that way all the time. Thank you!

  17. I love this! It is so easy to forget the joy of running outside if you have to be stuck indoors for too long. I have to say my relationship with the Treadmill is nonexistent because we truly despise one another. Running outside however has my Heart! We will never part, we will never stray far from each other. We can only stay mad at one another for a short time if the weather doesn’t cooperate but in the end I feel the same way about running outside no matter what the circumstance. It is complete Joy to me!

  18. Nice article, Sunny miles will help to grow our body. Thank you

  19. Hello there!

    I have enjoyed reading this article of yours. Thank you for sharing this. I believe that if we do run then definitely we will be very healthy and fit. I really have to agree with you that we should fall in love with running :)

  20. I started running on the treadmill but I fell in love with running when I started running outside in Washington DC, especially around the Mall and monuments. If I had to stick with the treadmill, I probably would have quit. Now it is freezing, so I run on the treadmill. The only reason I keep it up is because I want to be able to run outside again. Spring is right around the corner!

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