While I’m trying to get back in the swing of enduring the occasional treadmill run, it turns out my neighbor Yolanda has the opposite problem: Over the past year she’s gotten used to cranking out 5 miles at a time on a treadmill — but struggles when she tries to run outside.
“They’re so different,” she told me yesterday when I called her up to see if she had any treadmill tips for an upcoming newspaper column. “I think it’s way harder to go outside and run.”
Yolanda, whose son Darin is one of Ben’s neighborhood pals, started using a treadmill about a year ago as a way to get some exercise while babysitting. She’s never looked out of shape, as far as I could tell, but she said she feels much better since she started working out. Plus she savors the “me” time.
“For me, that treadmill has been a godsend,” she said.
She built up her mileage bit by bit, listening to music as she ran. For her, upbeat tunes — especially those with a “man-bashing” theme — seem to be most effective.
“There’s just something about those women-empowering songs that really gets me going,” she said, laughing. “I have to have music. I can‘t be on it and just go, or just look out the window or whatever.”
She was shocked at the difference on her first attempt at running outside, up her parent’s ¾ mile driveway. “The wind and everything really got to me,” she said. “I was huffing and puffing by the time I got up to the house.”
That experience didn’t deter her from joining a friend in running the Fort4Fitness 4-mile run this past fall, though. She discovered it was much easier to run outdoors when you’re in the middle of a huge, enthusiastic crowd.
“It was so much fun!” she said. “I got so caught up in it, I just wanted to keep going.”
Yolanda wound up running the River City Rat Race 5K, and hopes to do some more races in the future, though she expects she‘ll stick to the treadmill for her training because it’s much more convenient with her babysitting schedule.
The only problem is, she‘s got to find somebody to fix hers. It‘s been broken the past three weeks, which has really bummed her out.