I have days, like last night, where I get home from work and I want to run. But the last thing I want to do is go back outside and be part of the world. Even on beautiful days (yesterday it was sunny and in the high 60’s) I sometimes choose the treadmill instead. Sometimes after a particularly long or difficult work day I just don’t want to be around people. So I hang out with Sven instead. Does that hint towards introvert tendencies?
I don’t really think of myself as an introvert. I enjoy the company of others, but only once I’m in that company. That is to say, when I’m at home I’m perfectly content with that and am happy to just stay there. However, once I’m in a social setting, hanging out with family and/or friends, I really enjoy it.
People run on the treadmill for all sorts of reasons and a lot of them make sense. The weather is unfavorable, kids/family situations, it’s unsafe to run outside by yourself, etc. But my reasons when I run on the treadmill usually don’t fall into one of those categories. I just like the solidarity of it and I like not having to go anywhere to do my run. It’s crazy, though, because I love running outside. And 90% of the time that is what I do. I think running outside is probably more beneficial than a treadmill and you get to see more stuff. But the treadmill is a timesaver and I also like watching my recorded TV shows while I run.
Maybe it’s just some kind of laziness, although I find it hard to associate laziness with any kind of running. It’s like telling a non-runner you’re going out for an easy 10 miler. There is such a thing, but not to them. In the end, a run is a run, and it’s better than no run at all. And if I am a bit of an introvert, or a home body or whatever, then thank goodness for ‘Sven’ the treadmill.
Would you ever choose the treadmill over an outdoor workout when the weather is nice?
Do you think a preference for the treadmill makes you an introvert?