2 Treadmill Workouts for Winter Running

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This is the first winter that we have a treadmill at home and I am loving it.  Every year, I log a lot of miles indoors at the gym. But with our schedules, preschool, and the baby’s naps we decided having one at home would be ideal so I dropped my gym membership for now.

The treadmill has already gotten a lot of use, especially on weekday mornings.  I can start my run while it’s dark and not worry about slipping around on ice or snow.

Running at a set pace on the treadmill for 6-8 miles bores me to tears, so almost all of my treadmill runs have some speed, hills or fartlek “speed play” thrown in to keep my interest.

I actually come away from these workouts enjoying the treadmill! I love that I can listen to music (something I never do on outdoor runs for safety reasons around here) and I love hitting paces that are hard to hit outside.  It makes me feel accomplished for the day.

Here are two of my favorite treadmill workouts:

A ladder speed workout…

Treadmill Speed Session

and a music-led speed and small hill fartlek.

Treadmill Fartlek Run

Our treadmill is in the garage, so although it’s significantly warmer than the outdoors, it’s not heated.  I like to layer up and discard the outer jacket as needed.   The bright colors of my Target C9 jacket is still a favorite.  Running gear doesn’t get much more comfortable.

Treadmill Winter running

How do you make treadmill runs fun?

Do you listen to music when you run?



23 thoughts on “2 Treadmill Workouts for Winter Running

  1. I used to have a treadmill and then I gave it to my friend but now I kind of want it back! I’m glad you’re getting such great use out of yours and I love toying with my music during treadmill runs. I do a lot of slow song = hill and fast song = fast pace – whatever makes the time go by, right? Thanks for the two additions to my winter workouts!
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  2. I have to save these! I try to run outside as much as I can in the winter but since I’m pregnant I think I’ll be more likely to stay indoors this year 🙂
    I always have to have music on when I’m running, especially on the treadmill. Sometimes I’ll watch a tv show to help pass the time.

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  3. Having lived in places like San Diego and Los Angeles, I haven’t been a big fan of the treadmill. Now that I live in Colorado, I am going to have to figure out ways to like the treadmill if I’m going to train through the winter! Thanks for the tips!
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  4. That Musical Fartlek Run sounds like a lot of fun! I usually watch t.v. shows or listen to podcasts while I am running on the treadmill. For some reason music doesn’t distract me enough but I love this idea to mix it up a little! We bought our treadmill a couple of years ago and I can’t imagine not having one anymore.
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  5. Yes we live in midwest, out in the country, and my husband leaves before daylight, so I put in lots of treadmill miles. I like to use the time to pray first and then watch the Roku. It is my quiet time in the morning.
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  6. I don’t do music when I’m running outside, but yes on a treadmill (if it doesn’t have a TV I can overdose on HGTV on). And I do the same kind of fartlek running with songs as well! Sometimes I do the verse/chorus, sometimes I do the speed section until I hear a certain word, or if I want a longer speed segment, I’ll do one song slow, one song fast.
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