The Treadmill Made Me Dizzy?

Last night I got home kind of late (~8:30pm) and decided to just do my run on the treadmill. I only had three easy miles scheduled and figured it might be nice to watch some TV while running.

As soon as I stepped on the treadmill I started feeling kind of dizzy though. It was really weird!

I did two miles on the treadmill and then decided to get some fresh air and do my last one outside.

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As soon as I was outside I felt so much better. All the dizziness went away and I was able to knock out the last mile at my fastest pace of the night … which felt way easier than the previous two on the treadmill.

NO idea what that was about. Has it ever happened to you?

I sort of have a theory as to what happened, but I think it’s gonna sound really weird. 

There is a big window in front of the treadmills at my gym.

When I first got on a bird started flying right at the window and I thought it was going to collide. Just out of instinct I kind of moved in a weird way as if to “avoid” the bird … even though it obviously would have hit the window before it hit me.

The bird dodged the window at the last minute, but maybe that whole thing just threw me off balance? Who knows!

The treadmill stinks anyway!

This little bear that doesn’t stink … he’s way too cute.

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I hope you’re having a great Thursday so far! I know I am beyond ready for the weekend. My brain has been fried at work this week.

Plus I’m excited for next week because a new intern starts and I like shaping the young marketing minds of America. They’re our future, you know? : )

How often do you run on the treadmill? 

– A handful of times per month, but after this experience I won’t be going back any time soon!

12 comments

  1. The running schlub

    I always feel the same way after treadmill runs. I actually ran 2 miles on the dreadmill last night and felt fuzzy after. I personally think it’s the lack of air circulation and the stagnant position your in. Your legs are moving but your head it pretty much stuck in one spot. Just my take on it. Very little dreadmill running for me so I don’t worry about it.

    Great mindset on teaching the interns. Wish everyone was that passionate about teaching others.
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    1. Lou @ Running Through China

      I love your term ‘dreadmill’, that’s great. 🙂

  2. cheryl

    This time of year I don’t run on the treadmill unless it is crazy hot and humid (which it is by you all the time). In the winter probably 2-3 times a week–if it is storming, or just too cold. I always feel worse on the treadmill, I feel like the air is stagnant around it. The bird thing could have something to do with it too.

    I am very impressed with your “business” mindset!
    I have the kids home from school–so it seems like it is always the weekend–going to can strawberry jam today, from strawberries picked this morning! Yum!

  3. Megan @ Meg Go Run

    I don’t blame you for not enjoying the treadmill- you get to run on the freaking BEACH with PALM TREES!!! Oh that bear is so cute. I love when you include random things like that. 🙂 I once had a student teacher and I enjoyed helping her grow, so I can understand why you would be excited for an intern! Back to the treadmill thing- I don’t own a treadmill, but I have a feeling if I did I would use it more so I could watch TV and run at the same time. When I do use the treadmill it is at Planet Fitness and it’s only if the weather outside is bad- which is generally a wintertime thing. I don’t run when it’s icy!
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  4. Heather @ShoesRun50

    I hate running on the treadmill. The last time I ran on one was February when it was too icy outside (Michigan), but I ended up getting what felt like shin splints (but went away pretty quickly when I moved back outside). The treadmill really messes with my form. My new rule is either run outside or don’t run.

    So glad I found your blog! I’m training for my first marathon this fall too. Good luck with your training!
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  5. Ali @ Hit the Ground Running

    I’ve officially ended my gym membership so I don’t have the treadmill option anymore. I did it on purpose to force myself to run outside in summer…Am I insane? Anyway, the TM makes me dizzy sometimes…I think it’s the lights from the gym more than anything else. But I totally have had that feeling!
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  6. Kim

    I’m a huge treadmill runner. Years ago I always avoided it (the change came after I had babies and my husband was deployed – had to do something to keep running!!). Anyway, I had a similar dizzy experience once way back when I wasn’t really used to it – it wasn’t as bad while I was running but when I got off it was horrible.
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  7. Lou @ Running Through China

    I pretty much never use the treadmill anymore, but back in 6th form school days (when I was about 17) I used to run religiously on it every lunchtime. It wouldn’t make me dizzy when I was on it, but when I would step off it, it was like I was tripping or something and the room would sway and loom at me / felt like I was flying/gliding around the small gym! Liked it at the time, but I really dislike treadmills now. I use them if I’m on holiday and am craving a run and there is the gym’s one – think the last time was a couple of years ago in Bali (as it was crazy hot/humid outside). I just get pretty bored stuck in one place – outside running rocks hey!
    Glad you got otuside for your last, fast mile.
    Thanks for the bear! Sooo cute. Keep em coming 🙂
    That sounds exciting re: the intern. How often do you get interns/new starters at your work?
    Yes, woohoo – so very close to the weekend now! 🙂

  8. Karen

    That’s odd, I haven’t really felt dizzy, but I do like to be at the end. Too much motion on both sides in my peripheral will make feel a little nauseous. I used to love to swing and now it gets to me, the joys of aging!
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  9. Kristen @ Glitter and Dust

    Bouncing back and forth between the treadmill and outside always throws me off. Typically I do most of my running on the treadmill during the winter and outside during the spring/summer/fall. Whenever I make the switch it takes me a few times to adjust and get comfortable.
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  10. dawn @ running the dawn

    OK, so this totally happened to me once and i blogged about it…and to this day one of the most frequent search-engine referrals is for “treadmill induced nausea.” welcome to the club 🙂 apparently it happens to a lot of people. and then they google it.
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  11. Randy

    I haven’t run on the treadmill for a long time. Too boring and I lose my focus too easily. But I have knee issues right now and it might be less stress and worth a try again. Might be better than not running at all, and a bridge back to full running…..hmmm food for thought.
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