If you had asked me a year ago if I would be BFFs for life, for life people, with my treadmill, I would be shocked that I even owned one. And not just because it is the most expensive thing beside my car that I have ever purchased.
|BFFs for life- or at least until warm weather returns and then see ya next winter.|
But it is cold and dark in the winter and I am a big baby but love running. Treadmill you are the answer.
One of my twitter peeps asked 'how do you run so many miles on the treadmill' or some version of this question. And I forgot to answer most likely because something shiny distracted me. So here is what works for me. And I realize that the longest run I have done on a treadmill is 8 miles. I read several bloggers who regularly log double digits on a treadmill so you may be unimpressed with my mileage on the treadmill. But for me any mileage over three miles is a win.
Here are my treadmill essentials:
I need music. A lot of it. Songs that I love running to outside annoy the heck out of me on the treadmill because frankly most things annoy me more on a treadmill so I need lots of options. Going nowhere is annoying. So load up the Ipod. I like a good mix of pop, rock and randomness. Sunday it was all about Britney, Bon Jovi and Carrie Underwood. Some people can watch TV or read. I am too clumsy to be able to focus on something other than not flying off the back. If TV or reading works for you I am a bit jealous and that is great.
High Powered Fan
Aimed at my face from start to finish on high. Running on the treadmill is freakin sweaty and gross. The fan is never enough but it helps. I also like a towel to whip the sweat off my face every five seconds. I also like to try to get my husband to hug me after I am done. Whaa haa haa. I am evil. Sweaty evil.
See above sweaty reference. Therefore I feel like I want more water handy. Added bonus- easy access to bathrooms. Win.
Variety is the spice of life
I can't just set my pace level and tune out for six miles. I have to find the right mix of needing to pay attention and zoning out. Every run I do starts out slower and gets faster. Every mile or half mile I mess with the incline. Sometimes I go faster to a certain point and then get slower. Sometimes I just get faster. I find that mixing things up helps me beat boredom.
I am inside. Outside it is 10 degrees. Wearing less clothes is fun. I can wear my running skirts in January in Illinois.
I jump off
Sometimes I am like ahh I need a drink. Ahh I dropped my towel. Ahhh turn the fan up. Ahhh this sucks. So I stop for a second. If something happens when I am out running I slow down or stop, the treadmill- same thing.
The treadmill is the only place where you are in complete control of your environment. Speed and incline are dictated by you. Use it. See how fast you can go. See how long you can run at the highest incline ( .5 seconds). See if you can have negative splits for your run. Or keep it easy when your inclination is to go faster because it is an easy day. The treadmill can be a great training tool, not just a torture device. It only took me three years to realize it.
I get outside when I can
Treadmill running will never be my favorite. To be honest I am pretty pleased that it hasn't turned into a really expensive clothes holder and that I use it as much as I do. I have noticed that when I do run outside it seems easier, I feel faster, and I like it so much more. I feel like skipping through fields, twirling and singing a la Sound of Music. Knowing that on the weekends if the weather is not too horrible I get to go outside makes treadmill running okay. So does having the Wisconsin marathon coming up and my training plan looming on the wall. I have a goal. The treadmill makes working toward that goal a reality when, like this weekend, the roads are iced over or the windchill is 0.
|Nothing like motivation (terror?) staring you in the face to keep your butt on the treadmill|
So that is what works for me. Will this work if for some reason I have to do a run longer than 9 miles.....12 miles.....longer? I have no idea. Hopefully I won't have to find out.
How do you feel about treadmills?
Any tips for keeping it interesting on the treadmill?