I got a nice little makeover this weekend. Just a heads up, there might still be some kinks but I’m working through them. Thanks a million to the fabulous Jenny.
January is one of those months that I’m extra happy to live in Florida. I braved the Northeastern winters for 10 years so I know how bad it can get. Not only is it frigid, but it’s icy and dangerous to be outside. As a result, the treadmill gets extra use during the winter months. In Florida, our summer is the rest of the country’s winter. I’m sure you’re rolling your eyes but if you’ve ever been here in August you would know that, like winter, it can be dangerous to be outside. I become a (mostly) treadmill runner from the months of May to September.
All of that to say, I know the pain of resorting to the treadmill. In fact, I do it often throughout the year for inclement weather and all that “safety” stuff (you’re welcome, mom). While sometimes I call it the “dreadmill” I have learned to appreciate it for what it is and what it can do. It will never replace running outdoors for me but it serves it purpose.
I know it’s hard to get motivated and press the ‘start’ button so I’ve put together some of my favorite tactics for treadmill success.
1. Go in with a plan. Do you want to work on speed intervals? Endurance? Hill repeats? Figure it out beforehand and write in down on paper or in your phone. I like to snapshot treadmill workouts on my phone and keep them open for reference.
2. Zone out with T.V. I like watching the Today show in the morning and ESPN later in the day. Sometimes I pull up Netflix on my iPad and watch some of my favorite Grey’s episodes or now Friends (!!). This is the one time that I advise multi-tasking. Run while catching up on shows you don’t typically have time to watch. Two birds with one stone.
3. Make a killer playlist. I think music, television, or a podcast is necessary on the treadmill. Fill your playlist with “pump-up” music. I like sprinting during the chorus and recovering in between. Include songs that you like to sing or dance to, whether they’re popular or not, and let the beat move your feet (just laugh for me). I definitely have playlists with Hannah Montana songs and tons of Britney Spears. Do what ya gotta do.
4. In a time crunch? Look at the clock (see #5 for opposite advice). Increase your speed every minute for 10 minutes and then work your way back down the ladder. For example, I’ll start at my “base pace” of 7.0 (8:34 min mile) and bump the speed .1 every minute.
5. Cover the clock with a towel. I’m torn as to what’s longer, a microwave minute or a treadmill minute. All I know is that both can feel like an eternity. If you plan to go for a steady paced or easy run, I suggest covering the clock with a towel. If you’re concerned about time, most treadmills let you set a time or distance goal at the beginning of your run. So set it for 30 minutes, cover the clock and zone out with a movie.
Now, one of my go-to workouts for when I’m in a “I-don’t-want-to-run-but-I-do-want-to-run” moods.
How often do you run on the treadmill?
What’s longer for you: a microwave minute or a treadmill minute?