Sunday, 02 January 2011
Unlike more serious runners, I don't have a strong disdain for running at the gym. I'll use the treadmill or elliptical and zone out for a bit no problem. I do love running outside, though. And there is the major issue of ridiculously high costs of gyms here in NYC, but I think I have to take that plunge now after running outside for some time.
Here are the reasons I think I have to give up running outside.
Coming from a warmer climate, I have trouble motivating myself to go outside when the weather dips below 35 degrees. I don't even own cold weather appropriate running gear! I've tried doing some work out videos at home, but living in a studio limits movement and doing videos every day gets boring. Heading to a gym nearby sounds like the better option.
I've only ever been a casual runner. In college I used to go to the gym often, but I've never run outside consistently. So when I went to run outside all the time I've felt the pain of high impact running on asphalt or sidewalk cement. I had shin splints once and bad knees run in the family.
Exercise Induced Asthma
This was a recent development, tied to the problem below. I've only been living in NYC for two and a half years, and I guess my body isn't used to the temperature extremes. I started running again early this year but began to have breathing problems. This is the kind of thing I could beat by changing my training, but thanks to the problem below I can't.
That Mystery Pain
At least for the time being, because it's cold and I'm too lazy to run, I've given up figuring this problem out. But for some reason when I go running I get severe rib cage pain after about half a mile. It never goes away and I have no idea where it came from. It just showed up one day. I feel like it might be tied to my breathing issues, but it's still very strange. I'll have to see what happens when I go to the gym and run inside.
Healthkickers, what are your thoughts on working out in a gym versus outdoors? Do I just sound like a crazy person? (And feel free to call the Waahmbulance on me if you need to.)