The treadmill was my best friend when I took up running: it protected me from the elements, it never judged me, it didn’t laugh at me because of my pace.
Eventually, though, I wanted to run a road race, and I knew in order to do that, I needed to run on the road. It was scary!
Over the years, I have definitely come to prefer running outside to running on my treadmill. Until thunder threatens, the heat is scorching, the wind howls or the snow flies.
I live in upstate New York, technically the capitol region. It’s possible to run in the cold and the snow, but I prefer to tackle those miles on my treadmill a lot during the winter.
Keep in mind that I am not a nurse, doctor, or running coach.
Many people love to listen to music on the treadmill. I love music, but that simply wouldn’t get me through treadmill
torture sessions. If it works for you, more power to you.
I prefer to watch tv. I record the “Today Show” every day because I don’t like to multitask (unless I’m on the treadmill, obviously) and I’m usually working on the blog in the mornings.
On the days I run on the treadmill, I can watch almost the entire Today Show (fast forwarding through commercials and parts that don’t interest me) while getting my run on.
Do speed or hill work
Tempo runs on treadmills are hard. At least for me.
Somehow having the incline or speed change helps the time go faster for me — and I just feel that they’re easier workouts, which is not to say that they’re easy.
The following two are more do as I say, not as I do, because I admit I’ve never done them (although I decided to try a circuit today because it’s about -5 with the windchill):
Run a mile. Stop the treadmill and do some bodyweight (or weighted) exercises. Repeat. It doesn’t have to be a mile, obviously; whatever works for you.
Split it up
I am simply in awe of people that can knock out 15 miles on a treadmill. Mine shuts down at 90 minutes so the motor won’t burn out.
You can run half your miles in the AM, the rest in the PM.
There’s quite a bit of research that double runs can help you become a stronger runner — although if you’re a fairly new runner, it’s not usually a good idea: your body hasn’t yet adapted to that amount of pounding.
Here are some treadmill workouts to try out (if you’re a blogger and have one, let me know in the comments and I’ll try to add them!):
- Treadmill Trainer
- 5 Calorie Burning Treadmill Workouts from WebMD
- Treadmill Tabata Workout
- Treadmill HIIT Workout
- 10 Boredom Busting Workouts
- Are You Making These Treadmill Mistakes?
(Not workouts, but an interesting read)
I’m linking up with MCM Mama Runs, Marcia’s Healthy Slice, and My No Guilt Life for the Tuesdays on the Run linkup; today’s theme was expo finds. Recently I’ve done a lot of small halfs that don’t have an expo at all.
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