Happy Tuesday! It’s time for another edition of Tuesday Topics. This week’s Tuesday Topic: Tips for running on the treadmill? You can write about this or any running related topic. Remember to link-up with Kim and Zenaida and the bottom of this post.
It’s no secret that the treadmill and I get along just fine. A majority of my runs this year have been on the treadmill and I absolutely have no complaints about that. Hitting the treadmill for a few miles early in the morning just works better with my schedule. I know that some runners have a very negative few about running on the treadmill, but I’m here to share a few tips on how to make it more enjoyable.
Set Yourself up for Success
You should treat your treadmill run just like an outdoor run. Make sure you have everything you need within arms reach. When I run outside, I always run with water, my phone and headphones, so all of those things are included for my treadmill run as well. I also keep workout towel nearby since I sweat a lot – it just makes the run more enjoyable.
Don’t focus on the numbers
Cover the time/distance section on your treadmill. I use my Apple watch 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/distance allows you to focus on your form and breathing instead of “OMG I have X minutes left for this run”. I know this only applies for the Peloton treadmill, but I find that zoning in my focus on the instructor and their cues makes the time fly by, especially for 45-60 min treadmill runs.
Distractions can be good
Having something to focus on, besides logging the miles, can be super helpful when running on the treadmill. I’m a big fan of listening to music because you can switch up the tempo of your run based on the songs. One thing I like to do sometimes is chorus pickups – running faster during the chorus of the song. It’s a nice way to get in speedwork too. Or if you’re just looking to log the miles at a ‘sexy pace’, you can watch your favorite TV show or movie during a run. When your focus is on something else, it makes the time go by quickly.
Tell me: What are your tips for running on the treadmill?
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