I know many people don’t like the treadmill. In fact, many people HATE it and call it the dreamill.
While I do like my gym and have enjoyed most of my runs outside, there have been times that I wished I had a treadmill at home. On many occasions I have questioned my sanity because it would be freezing or snowing and yet I was outside. Also, the snow and ice makes a run or driving challenging so ideally it would be best to run indoors. Other times it takes me longer to motivate myself and get ready for a run than the actual run (especially for my runs of 30-45 minutes). 🙂
However, I have also done a lot of runs on the treadmill. I think the longest run I’ve done is either 14 or 16 miles. During my summer break I would wake up later than usual and by then it would be too hot to run outside. I remember one day running in the middle of the day and I almost passed out. Not sure what I was thinking. Or I guess I wasn’t thinking at all. 🙂
Here is what helped me make my runs more bearable:
• Listen to fun music. I rarely listen to music while on a run but on the treadmill it is a MUST. I have a variety of Spanish and English music and various playlists. Depending on how I was feeling is the music I would pick. However, my favorites are:
• Watch TV. Sometimes music gets on my nerves so I prefer to watch TV. I’ve watched whatever is playing on the television or a show on my iPad.
• Change incline and/or pace. I did my runs at 0% incline but made sure to change the pace. I would set a timer for 1:30/2:00 minutes or 3:00/4:00 minutes and then change the pace (I would have 3 different paces) at the sound of the buzzer. Or I would change it after each song. This would make the run a bit more exciting and made the time go by faster.
• Reward myself. For me it would be a coffee, food, beer, or a new piece of gear. Of course I wouldn’t do this for every single run but mainly on days when I had ZERO desire to run and needed some motivation.
• Thinking of that wonderful feeling after a run. The most difficult part of a run is starting said run. Once that happens then you get all of these good feelings and the result is a wonderful sense of accomplishment. And then be ready to do it all over again.
• Break up the run into parts. I never did a run without stopping. Who wants to run 10 miles without stopping? Not me. For a run of that distance, I would run 2.5 miles, take a quick break, and run again 2.5 miles. Then I would use the bathroom and/or get more water and repeat for the rest of the 5 miles. Something similar could be done for 12, 14, or 16 miles. The key is to not think of it as a LONG run of 12, 14, 16 miles but instead as short and quick runs with breaks in between.
So yes/no to treadmill? What’s the longest you’ve run on the treadmill?
Linking up with Marcia, Patti, and Erika for Tuesdays on the Run.