Last week, I declared my love for the treadmill. It’s true, I love running on it, but that wasn’t always the case. I started running outside, and it continues to have my heart. There’s nothing like the weather breaking so you can enjoy the fresh air and do what you love. So why should you run outside?
1. You can people watch. Alright, so I guess you could people watch on the TV on your treadmill, but when you are outside, you get to watch everyone out there! My favorite, favorite, favorite thing is watching new runners get out and try! I love seeing them run until they can’t, and then pick it back up after a break. I get really happy seeing people outside bettering your health. And, okay, sometimes I get some laughs while out running, too!
2. Hills. This is a love- hate. I hate them because they are hard. On the other hand, I love the natural inclination that happens when you run outside. I am terrible at increasing the incline on my treadmill, but when I run outside, I am constantly varying the incline, giving myself a better workout.
3. Explore Nature. Running outside allows you to try new trails, and run through beautiful areas. You may run by grass, or see something new on this run that’s different from others. If you run the same area, you will be reminded why each season is beautiful by taking in the entire year.
4. Fresh air. Easy enough, it’s nice to get fresh air! We all need Vitamin D!
5. Spend time alone. I know a lot of people prefer running with others, but I’m not one of them. I like to use my runs to spend time with myself and just focus on me.
6. Think through things. Going along with #5, I use my runs as times to think through situations. I have also studied in my mind while running by thinking of words and then definitions, or trying to remember muscles. Sometimes I’m in a terrible mood, but a run allows me to process what is going on and I am always happier after!
7. Time flies by. Seriously, the time will be done so fast when you are people watching, thinking, running hills, and checking out nature!
8. Use objects to sprint to. I like to look ahead and see a light pole, and just sprint to that, and then go back to my run, and do that numerous times. It breaks up the run, and it isn’t so daunting as telling myself I am sprinting for .10 miles or .25 miles.
9. Speed workouts are easier. This is a big one. I have a 1/2 mile track near me, which makes speed workouts fantastic. On the treadmill, waiting for half a mile is forever! On this track, I know in one lap, I’m done!
10. Great way to check out new places. I love running while vacationing. I love seeing the sights, and checking out the culture and neighborhoods. Let’s be honest, you will see more places running than you will walking, so get to it!
Now get outside and go for a run!