Why Hello There Old Friend!
Sorry treadmill, it’s just been too pretty outside to spend a lot of time with you and, not to mention, the days have gotten longer and the outside trails have been calling my name.
It’s not you. It’s me. I promise I will make better effort to love you more and not just use you for a clothing rack.
My lovely MIL so kindly lent me this treadmill while I was training for the Houston Marathon. I spent many of miles training on it during the short winter days. In addition to my long runs outside on Sundays each weekday I’d run a medium-long run on my treadmill. I would run anywhere between 8-14 miles, usually some kind of marathon or tempo paced speed workout.
To be honest, treadmill running can be pretty boring. To keep myself occupied while doing a longer run I’d rent a movie from redbox and watch it during my run. I watched Sex and the City 2 and Eat Pray Love from my treadmill and I attribute my liking of How I Met Your Mother to the treadmill. That show always seemed to be on when I hopped on the treadmill.
During shorter runs I usually keep my treadmill workouts interesting by doing intervals. When you’re constantly changing and anticipating a change in your speed the workout seems to go by faster. I hadn’t done any real speed work since I hurt my knee after my last 5k so I decided to jump back in with a little ease. Here is my workout:
6.0 3 min. 6.5 2 min.
7.0 1 min. 7.6 1 min.
6.1 2 min. 6.4 2 min.
7.1 1 min. 7.7 1 min.
6.2 2 min. 6.3 2 min.
7.2 1 min 7.8 1 min.
6.3 2 min. 6.2 2 min.
7.3 1 min. 7.9 1 min.
6.4 2 min. 6.1 2 min.
7.4 1 min. 8.0 1 min.
6.5 2 min. 6.0 3 min.
7.5 1 min. Total = 4.20 miles, 37 minutes
Fit Chick Britt Fitness Tip: Interval training helps you to burn more calories and increse your aerobic capacity. Even if you only do short bursts of higher speeds you are working out more vigorously and setting up your body to burn more calories. Also, if you’d like to increase your running speed intervals are a great place to start.
Now that I’m not training for a long distance running race and the days are getting longer and warmer I haven’t seen my treadmill quite as much. I do enjoy using a treadmill to do speed work, so it may be making more of an appearance as I work on increasing my speed for triathlons.
Do you love or hate the treadmill? How do you keep treadmill workouts interesting?