I have a hard time explaining how I feel about running. I love it. I hate it. Sometimes I am sure I could keep running mile after mile and other times I am literally praying for the end. It is always a challenge and rarely easy. I crave the feeling of accomplishment after a good run and love that it pushes me out of my comfort zone and gives me goals to work towards. Sure, I love that it keeps me in shape, takes care of my cardio and builds endurance. But the most valuable thing running gives me is time. Time to think about everything, time to zone out, time to de-stress. It is the perfect combination of calming and freeing and I feel truly lucky--regardless of how much I complain--that it is something I can do.
That being said, I am an absolutely terrible treadmill runner. I get tired twice as fast, run twice as slow and have the attention span of a 4 year-old. It.drives.me.insane. But thanks to the weather and short winter days, sometimes it’s my only option. In order to fight off the treadmill blues for as long as possible, I like to run intervals.
Enter the workout of the week—the Rainy Day Interval Run. I did this workout on Sunday afternoon and surprisingly enjoyed myself. Test it out and let me know what you think!
Do you have the same love/hate relationship with running? Are you an outside runner or a treadmill runner? Any tips on avoiding treadmill boredom are much appreciated!