Happy Wednesday! Today I want to discuss the treadmill. I feel like runners either love or hate the treadmill, there is no in-between! Personally I don’t mind the treadmill. I wouldn’t say it’s my favorite way to get in a run, but I don’t dread it.
Running on a treadmill is one thing, but what about doing a long run on a treadmill. How would you feel spending a few hours with the treadmill? Could you do it? Would you lose your mind? These are all valid questions. This past weekend I was given two options – skip a long run or do it on the treadmill. Since I value being alive, I didn’t want to risk running outside in a torrential downpour and the threat of thunderstorms. If I didn’t run on the treadmill, the run wasn’t going to happen. Since I’m not injured, there was no reason for me to skip the run, so the treadmill won!
I’ve done a few double digit runs on the treadmill (including two 14 mile runs). Now I’m not saying that it’s easy, but you can survive a long run on the treadmill. Here are a few helpful tips!
Accept the Situation
If given the choice between running outside or on a treadmill, I think 9 out of 10 runners would pick outside. Once you accept the fact that you will be on the treadmill for a while, the run will go much easier. Thinking negative about the situation will only make the run more miserable, and who wants to deal with that? Accept that your treadmill run will be long, but awesome!
Set Yourself up for Success
You should treat your long treadmill run just like a long run outside. Make sure you have everything you need within arms reach. When I run outside, I always run with water, fuel, my iPod and headphones, so all of those things are included for my treadmill run as well.
What I mean by “run blind” is cover the time section on your treadmill. I use my Garmin for my indoor runs so there’s no need for me to stare at the time on the treadmill. If anything, this can make the run go by SO MUCH SLOWER! Covering the time allows you to focus on your form and breathing instead of “OMG I have X minutes left for this run”. When I do long runs on the treadmill I only look at my watch when it beeps for every mile.
Break it Up
Breaking up the run into shorter chunks can be very helpful. For example, I broke up my 14 mile run into 5 miles / 5 miles / 4 miles. Each small break gave me a chance to do a quick stretch, refill my water bottle or use the restroom. I like this approach because it doesn’t make the run seem so long. Actually I often do this with most of my long runs, outside or inside!
Use a Good Playlist
I’m a firm believer that good music can turn a crappy run into a good run. When you’re on the treadmill, you don’t have anyone to talk to, so the miles can drag on and on. If you’re busy singing along to a song, rapping or doing a little dance, the miles will fly by, trust me! If you’re really feeling a song, just be careful that you don’t end up like Taylor Swift, lol.
On Saturday’s run I don’t even remember the middle miles because my playlist was SO good. Need some ideas? Check out last week’s Tunes Tuesday post!
I hope that you find these tips helpful if you ever have to complete a long run on the treadmill. Just remember, sure it’s not ideal, but you can do it!
How do you feel about the treadmill – yay or nay? What’s the longest run you’ve done on a treadmill?