This week’s Tuesday Topic is: Show us your year in bling! You can write about this topic or feel free to post any running related blog post. Remember to link up with Kim and Zenaida! Visit at least two of the other linked posts – the more the merrier! Remember to come back for later linkers!
I’m deviating from this week’s topic (I didn’t run any races this year so no bling) to write about a topic that was talked about a few weeks ago. I missed the linkup that week and am now writing about it.
I do not own a treadmill. I really wished I did. Once I have more room, I plan to get a Peloton treadmill. I know Kim has one and she loves it. I do like running outside but sometimes the weather is not the best. Also, training for a 50k requires longer runs and I am not sure how much earlier I can get out in the morning to get it done and be on time for work.
Anyway, I’ve done many, many runs on the treadmill. There was one year where I did a lot of my runs on it while training for the Chicago Marathon. I actually do not mind the treadmill at all. I do like it. I know many people don’t and that is OK.
Here are some tips that worked for me.
• Listen to fun music. I have a variety of Spanish and English music and various playlists. Depending on how I was feeling is the music I would pick.
• 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.
• 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.
Yes or no to treadmill running?