Today I’m linking up with MCM Mama, My No Guilt Life and Run the Great Wide Somewhere to talk about treadmills. If you’ve been reading my blog for any length of time then you may know that I absolutely hate treadmill runs. Unfortunately it is a necessary evil at times though!
There are times when a treadmill can come in really handy. Say on really cold days? Or if you need to do a speed work session and it is really icy out? Even a hill workout may be better off on a treadmill if the paths are really slippery.
Running for any length of time on a treadmill takes great mental fortitude. If you have to do a long run on a treadmill I highly recommend mentally breaking your run up into smaller chunks rather than focusing on the total amount of time that you have to run for. I think my longest run on the treadmill has been two hours. Since my run walk intervals are normally 9:1 I concentrate on those ten minute chunks.
I find that having an actual workout to do on a treadmill really helps. Intervals can have you focusing on that short segment instead. If it is really icy out and you need to do a speed session the treadmill can be a much safer option as you work to hit those pace targets.
Ultimately the one thing that gets me through a treadmill run is a really good playlist. I need music with a fast and steady beat that takes my mind off of the fact that I’m running yet going nowhere. These are some of my favourites songs at the moment:
My most memorable treadmill experience was when a body builder decided to race me and wound up flying off the back of the treadmill when he couldn’t keep up.