ATTQOTD: Well, as others have done, I'll start with what I find terrible that others are fine with: The treadmill. You either love it or hate it. I don't understand why anyone would run on it unless you absolutely have to. So far this year I have only been on it twice. Which brings me to my second condition I find terrible that others are ok with: Running in snow and ice. I don't understand how folks slip on a pair of spikes and go out in icy conditions. That is where I draw the line and when I will run on a treadmill.QOTD: what running condition do others find terrible that you are fine with?
ATTQOTD: The cold. I have no problem running when it's well below freezing (as long as the wind isn't crazy - some wind is fine). Even if it's icy, as long as I know ahead of time, I have microspikes, so I can run on it.Jumping in with a QOTD: what running condition do others find terrible that you are fine with?
I started about 6:10 according to accuweather was not going to rain immediately. I cut my 5 mile run short. Made it 4.4 miles as that is the soonest I could get back home, about 3.5 miles it it was a complete down pour. Cats and dogs, rivers of water in the streets. This would be about 6:40. I was soaked including shoes. the only good sides were no lightening at that point, and it was warmish, but the wind started picking up with the rain, plus i had less house cover.Rain.
I reach what I call 'Misery Equilibrium'. This is where you can't get any more miserable, so you might as well keep running.
If it's relatively warm, I actually enjoy running in the rain. Cold or windy, not so much.
Note: Today, I wimped out on running in the rain!
I’ll run in any temp from 10’-100’. I love running in rain. I have run in snow. I have run in the dark and in the dead sun. I have run in lightning storms. I stay away from icy roads only to avoid twisting and ankle or something. The important thing to me is to prepare properly for the conditions and to adjust expectations for those conditions. I run slower when it’s really cold or really hot. In the cold it takes forever to loosen up. In the heat you just need to slow down to be safe.Jumping in with a QOTD: what running condition do others find terrible that you are fine with?
Answer: I was curious about this as I went out to run at lunch on Monday and my coworker was very articulate about how my choice did not make any sense. It was dry, slightly overcast, and 34 °F. I explained I thought it was fantastic as long as it wasn't icy, but he was not buying it. Today, I am debating with myself if I would rather run now when wet, sloppy snow is falling (I run on well salted asphalt, so no ice just puddles) or tomorrow when it will be single digits, but no puddles and generally my track will be ice free. I am still happier in 7 °F than 87 °F!
Heat. I'll run in the height of summer here and not mind at all--though to be fair this is Montana and it's a dry heat, so I might feel differently about it in a humid climate. It's funny, because if I'm just sitting around and it's hot I hate it, but when I'm running and you'd think I ought be more miserable, I actually kind of enjoy it as long as I'm kitted out to stay hydrated.Jumping in with a QOTD: what running condition do others find terrible that you are fine with?
Annnd while I prefer heat over cold, I will run in very cold weather and not mind too much, again as long as I'm prepared correctly for it. I'm afraid of running if it's icy, but the temperature itself isn't an issue. My coldest training run so far was -18* Fahrenheit, and last spring I ran a 3 mile race literally in a blizzard. It's not my favorite, but I'd still rather do that than run on a treadmill.ATTQOTD: I'd like to hear everyone's opinions of cold lol. I'm fine with the cold (32 to about 20, I won't do teens for health's sake), rain, snow (not ice though), and heat (up to about 90, then it gets into the sub-20 territory of health risk). It's funny, when I first started running, anything outside of 60-85 degrees I considered bad. Now, I'm thankful for a 45 degree run!
That also makes it easier to adapt my running schedule during certain times of year. Plus since I ran at my gym, that makes it easier to incorporate strength training into my routine.Inside on the treadmill!
I really enjoy my treadmill- it allows me the opportunity to run anytime, in any weather, and with minimal preparation.