Living in Boston during the holidays, especially Thanksgiving, has always been special. I grew up in a town not far from where the Pilgrims landed and founded Plymouth Plantation, so I can’t think of a better place to be to celebrate this holiday!
One of my favorite places to run in my home town!
Thanksgiving is probably my favorite holiday to begin with: the time spent with family and friends, the delicious food and dessert we all eat, the non-commercialization of the holiday makes it top of my list. Christmas is a close second, but probably because it extends throughout the entire month of December!
Speaking of dessert, we all enjoyed an amazing chocolate cake last night for my friend’s birthday
Boston looked good last night
Speaking of December, I cannot believe how quickly the month is approaching! That means some recent cooler weather in these parts, which also means taking some of my workouts inside on the treadmill more frequently. Ideally I would run every day outside to mimic race-day conditions on solid ground. However, I have found it increasingly difficult to get up before the sun rises and run outside in 30 degree weather. If I plan to run post-work, running outside is less of an issue as it has been slightly warmer and there are many more people out and about.
I discussed running on a treadmill with my coaches and I’m planning to run no more than 3 times a week inside. So my all weekend runs and ideally one weekday run will be outside, the remaining ones inside on the treadmill.
Fall runs on pavement!
Runners connect says that setting the treadmill to a 1% grade accurately reflects the energy costs and simulates outdoor running. Check out article here. My coaches indicate that the 1% also accounts for the benefit and ease of running on a moving belt, which is easier than running outdoors on solid ground. They recommended that, if you currently run at no incline, you can gradually make the change to a 1% incline. Treadmill running is also better than running outside when the weather and footing are bad (i.e.- snowy and icy conditions) or if you are simulating the race course (i.e.- adjusting the incline/decline to mimic hills). However, you don’t learn how to pace on a treadmill and it can be boring (which you can try to beat). So I try to run outside as much as I can, but I make the best of running inside when I have to and I follow the 1% rule.
Since I have today off, I will be taking my 6 mile speed workout outside. Looking forward to it! Then I am heading home to my family with Mark for the holiday. Stay tuned for some Thanksgiving and Turkey Trot updates tomorrow!
What are your Thanksgiving plans?
Do you prefer running outside over inside on a treadmill?
Anyone running a Turkey trot?