It's quite difficult to run nowadays because of the weather condition. Almost every week a tropical depression is coming or even worse, it develops into a typhoon. At the onset of the "ber" season, we all know that it is associated with the monsoon season. Rain is frequent and the metro is flooding and running outside is almost impossible. Sometimes I would sneak a quick 5k run just to keep me going. But what about a long run?
One day at the gym, I found myself running long hour on a treadmill. I don't really run long distances on a treadmill but just a 10 minute run. Its my excuse that I run every morning outdoors. I ran for 2 hours covering a distance of about 22 km. It was indeed a long run, thankfully not so many people are present that time. If not, maybe there will be a long queue on my machine.
I found it then that running on a treadmill is also achieving. You could try to step up your pace with just a push of a button. You could try hills too. Additionally, I could do my speed workout at a certain distance and intervals. Once the belt is running fast, all you have to do is go with it. You can't slow down or you'll fall. You could run fast without distractions too. The space is all yours. This is important if you're training for a short faster race like 5k's. And is a good substitute to oval running because of the measured distance. You could see the blinking numbers on the dashboard re; your distance, time, speed, inclination and even calories burned, ganda di ba?
Cross training equipment are also good alternative. Once every week, it is good to have a cross training schedule. Stairclimbers and stationary bikes are best for this workout. Sometimes, we must venture out to our passion and try some cross training.
Some say running on a treadmill is boring and monotonous, but to some extent, it is enjoying too. Can you find a place to run wherein you could watch your favorite TV show at the same time? Can you find a place to run wherein you could watch a movie? Dito lang di ba? Isn't it good enough? Let us not waste our time waiting for the rain to stop before we run. We should keep on going. Takbo tayo...