Has anyone else run more on the treadmill this last week or two than all of last winter?!
I can’t remember the last time we’ve had this many days of single digit temps in a row. I am not a big fan of the treadmill but 20-25 degrees is about my limit to outdoor running. I will occasionally run in colder temps, but I run because I enjoy it and honestly, there is not much I enjoy about a cold run.
So I’ve run the last 6 or so runs on the treadmill, with a long treadmill run coming up this weekend when the high is supposed to be 5!
Here are a few tips for surviving the treadmill:
Incline: To ensure that your workout is imitating an outdoor run, set the incline to 1%. On easy runs, I like to throw in a few quarter mile repeats at 2 or 2.5% incline now and then for some gentle rolling hills, at a nice slow pace.
Music: I never use music outside, so music is one of the ‘treats’ of treadmill running for me. I use playlists from fitness classes I teach so the music is high energy and motivating.
Cover the dashboard: I go crazy if I see the mileage creeping up slowly so it works best for me to throw a towel or running jacket over the top of the treadmill and only check in occasionally so I’m not thinking about how much further I have to go.
Interval runs: My favorite! I love how fast time flies by when I do interval workouts on the treadmill. For a fartlek workout, this can be short bursts of speed on the chorus of a song with easy running between. Or it can include a ‘track’ or tempo workout that would normally be done outside. With the pace changing frequently, these runs pass quickly.
I shared a few treadmill workouts I like here.
Netflix: Like music, the distraction of catching up on a show is a perk to the treadmill. This works best for easy runs.
What other tips do you have?
Are you more likely to brave the cold or head to the treadmill?