Like many parts of the country, NJ experienced quite the heat wave last week.
90+ temps put a serious cramp on my training schedule. Actually, a couple of those days ended up breaking 100. When the overnight low doesn't even hit 70, it doesn't matter how early you wake up in the morning. By 6:30am it was already in the mid to upper 70s with high humidity. I squeezed in an easy run (2.5 miles) early that Monday morning when it was only 80 degrees. Not only is it incredibly uncomfortable, I find I feel sluggish and really struggle to run at the pace I need to.
I didn't want to put off running completely for the week...so I sucked it up and went to the dreaded treadmill for my 7 mile long run on Tuesday. This was quite the feat for me, as I usually become terribly bored on the treadmill, and I don't know if I've ever stuck it out longer than about 3 miles. The last time I ran on a treadmill was just over 3 months ago. We were driving back from Florida and staying over at a hotel along the way and the only reason I used the hotel's treadmill was because it was 2 weeks before my half marathon.
On Wednesday evening, I squeezed in a 45 minute spin class for some cross-training. Thursday was a rest day and Friday afternoon I sucked it up and went back to the gym for 5.5 miles of speed work. I have a Garmin Forerunner, which tells me my pace when running outside, but I must say the treadmill was very helpful in forcing me to run at the right pace for my intervals.
I was very pleased to find out that I am capable of running longer distances on the treadmill when I need to, but I'm eager to resume running outside when it cools off again.
For those of you that run, do you prefer to do it outdoors or on a treadmill?