When the snow finally melted enough to get out I thought 3-4 miles would be pie since I had already done 8 miles on a treadmill. WRONG!!!! My body was screaming at me the entire time because it hadn't felt that kind of pounding on the joints before. Pavement = hard, treadmill = soft and squishy. Also the treadmill pulls you along so having to actually push my body along was a new feeling. I call it the "treadmill myth": running a mile on a treadmill is just like running a mile outside.
Yesterday was a necessary evil kind of day. I needed to get in a short run before my Tuesday night class and since I usually hit up the local Y for a workout; I figured I'd do a quick 2 miles on the treadmill there. Bad idea. I think my body remembers those three weeks in 2003 and just revolts at the sight of a treadmill because it was an awful 2 miles. Thankfully I had a good long stretch after the run because 2 miles is barely a warm up for me any more.
My co-worker loves working out and can do over an hour on a treadmill. I keep trying to get him out to do a couple of miles on the trails...he has yet to take me up on that offer. I think he knows the truth about treadmills and doesn't want to admit it. :-)