The past two Saturdays, I have been fortunate enough to do my longer runs in unseasonably warm weather, and I almost forgot that we are still in the middle of winter. However, this Saturday I am scheduled to run 6 miles, and the high for the day is forecasted to be 31 degrees. Since I typically run in the mornings, it is more likely to be in the 20s when I go. This is a problem, as I am a total wimp when it comes to running in cold weather. I hate the way my nose gets cold and starts to run and the way the wind cuts across my face, and sometimes my chest hurts. Even if I waited until later in the day for it to get warmer, it still wouldn’t exactly be warm. I don’t want to skip my run, though.
I could run on the treadmill, but the gym only allows members to use a treadmill for a maximum of an hour, and it will take me about 72 minutes to run the 6 miles because of my slow pace. So do I just tough it out, wear lots of layers, and run outside, or do I run for 60 minutes on the treadmill and try for 6 miles next week? The thought of running for an hour on the treadmill fills me with dread, as it takes every ounce of willpower I have to do 3 miles on the treadmill. How in the world can I do more than that? I listen to music, but that only helps me so much when I am staring at a blank wall in front of me and going nowhere. Does anyone have any tips for surviving longer treadmill runs?