I have written many tirades against this evil machine. Turns out it is not completely evil. I mostly use it when the weather is unbearable: 90+ degrees and humid, sub zero temps, ridiculous winds, etc. I view it as a last resort.
I really haven’t tried to like this machine. I have run on it while cursing it. I have lost fights with it (cut workouts short) many times. I have chosen to not run.
Sometime earlier this year I did one of my speed workouts on the treadmill due to 50mph winds and rain. Turns out a controlled climate makes speed workouts much easier. (And yes, I had heard lots of people say this before. I just ignored them and assumed they were treadmill loving individuals). I realize there is a reason to use these machines.
I was wrong. I admit it. The treadmill is not out to kill me. It is not completely evil.
Speed workouts are a great way to make it so you are not concentrating solely on the fact that you have X number of miles left. It gives you something else to think about. Not only that, but it gives allows me to control my workout. I am forced to go faster than I would outside. I can keep my pace much more steady. And I’m actually getting my speed workouts done at paces that I am supposed to be hitting. I can be speedy. Yay!
I still don’t like the treadmill, but I no longer hate it.