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How to Survive Treadmill Running.

How to survive treadmill running
How to survive treadmill running

The Dreadmill.

At least that’s what some people call it.

But don’t despair. There are plenty of ways that you can survive running on the treadmill.

I have spent many hours on my treadmill and have come to enjoy it at times and not just because it is a means to an end. I once even completed a 20 miler on the treadmill due to extreme cold weather outside and the need to get my run in for Boston Marathon training.

So what can you do to make running on the treadmill bearable.

Step 1: Make sure that your treadmill is in a place that you like. I am lucky because my treadmill is in a basement with windows so I am able to look out at my pond. But never fear. If your treadmill is in a windowless basement you can decorate around your treadmill. Hang up motivational posters and hang up your race medals and race bibs. Make your treadmill room a place of inspiration! If you don’t have a treadmill at home be sure to pick your favorite treadmill at the gym. My favorite treadmill at the gym are the Woodway Treadmills.

Step 2: Make it interesting! Don’t just plan to run a steady state run on your treadmill. Plan your workout to include intervals. Fartlek runs can be fun when you do them on the treadmill. Add in some incline to get ready for those hills and mountain running.

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Step 3: Listen to music. Create new playlists on Spotify to pump you up for your run. Time passes much moire quickly when you’ve got some great tunes playing!

Step 4: Watch a movie or your favorite show. I use my iPad a lot when I am on the treadmill. For longer runs it can be great to pop on a movie. I also love finding the next great series to binge on Netflix or Amazon Prime. My current favorites: Dead to Me and YOU.

Step 5: Hydrate. Be sure to bring your favorite water bottle filled with water or electrolyte drink.

What best tips do you have for surviving treadmill runs?


5 responses

5 responses

  1. We’re thinking the same thing with treadmill tips 🙂 I have to mix up the intervals & incline to make it bearable, and five miles is my max for distance. Believe me, those five miles feel like 26.2 some days LOL

  2. I am very rarely on the treadmill. It’s truly my last resort. When I do have to get on it, I hope that I have a movie I can watch, or I put on a Broadway soundtrack or podcast to help pass time.

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