But, when the weather is crappy, sometimes us runners are forced to run inside. On the dread mill. So for this week's linkup, I thought I'd share some tips to how to survive a treadmill workout.
Things that I use to cope and not die of boredom.
With that being said, here are some current songs that are on my playlist:
1. Roar 2. Mirrors by Justin Timberlake 3. Toxic –Britney Spears 4. Counting Stars-OneRepublic
That’s not a lot of songs…do you have any recommendations of GREAT running songs I can add to my list? HELP A GIRL OUT.
2. Speedwork-The one thing that gets me through a treadmill run is some time of speedwork. Speedwork where I can break my run up in small increments and keep myself from dying of boredom.
Some recent speedwork workouts I’ve done:
Jog a few minutes to warm up All out SPRINT for 20 seconds (For me this is at 8.5 speed level, for you, it might be a 10 or even a 7. Whatever is your SPRINT, sprint there.)
Hop off the treadmill for 30 seconds-theres no time for lowering the speed, then pushing it back up. That takes way too much time. Hop off when its time to rest, hop back on when its time to sprint.
I do that for about 5 minutes, then I either walk (if I am dying) or jog slowly for 5 minutes, and repeat the sprint cycle.
Another Speedwork Workout :
Longer intervals of fast running (Think ¼ of a mile or a ½ mile) –this is not sprinting, its just faster than your usual pace. Like, if a comfortable pace for you is 6 on the treadmill, bump it to 6.5 or so.
Then jog at your usual pace for the same amount of miles. So, if you ran at a 6.5 for ¼ a mile, “cool down” by jogging at a 6 for a ¼ mile.
Then repeat. Over and over for however many miles you wish to go, or length of time.
3. Play games (in your head) with other gym patrons. My personal favorite is to assess all the people running on the treadmill around me, and convince myself I have to “beat them” one by one. Beating them to me is just refusing to walk/stop before they do. HA. Doesn’t matter if this person has been running 45 minutes before I start, if they take a walk break or get off the treadmill before I do, I count them as one person beat. Its weird, I know, but desperate times call for desperate measure. I like when the gym is busy and theres a lot of runners and I count how many I beat. Another game I play is I make up stories about people. I make up imaginary lives and imagine what they do for a living, what kind of homes and cars they live in, sometimes if someone is really fit and inshape I make up a imaginary life where they were really overweight and have dedicated themselves to the gym and lost it all and blah blah blah. Its weird, but it keeps me from DYING of boredom, okay.
4. Watch a TV episode or Movie on your Ipad/Kindle/Phone/Gym TV. I load things on my Kindle like episdoes of my favorite shows sometimes if I have a longer run planned. This is always a good trick.
Do you have any other tips/tricks you can share with me on how to not die from boredom when you're stuck inside on the treadmill?
This link-up will happen every Monday, but it is absolutely not necessary that you join in every single week (although we'd love to have you!) Get Fit, Feel Confident, Be Healthy is all about ANYTHING having to do with your journey to a more fit, fabulous, and healthy you in 2014!