If you’ve read my blog before, you may have noticed that I have a hate/hate relationship with my treadmill. Despise is not a strong-enough word.
My hatred for the thing is so deep that this runner chica bundles up and runs outside in the winter.
That is, until now. I seem to have cracked the code — and I hope I’m not speaking too soon — but I think I’ve made the treadmill by b@#%*!
Take that, treadmill. The fix was so simple that I am kicking myself for not thinking of it sooner.
(Pause for dramatic effect.)
I stop every half mile.
Yeah, that’s my big secret. I stop, get off the treadmill, get a drink of water from a nearby water bottle, get back on the thing and run.
Why does this work for me? Mostly because I overheat when I run. Taking frequent, less-than-a-minute-long breaks has been helping. A lot.
So much so, that I haven’t had to skip any of the weekday runs on my Hal Higdon intermediate half-marathon training plan. And with five runs on the schedule, I can’t afford to skip a run just because it’s winter in the Michigan tundra.
If you’re struggling to run more than a mile or two, here are a couple of other things you can also try to make the treadmill runs suck less:
- Watch a show or movie on an iPad or smartphone. I recently started re-watching The Sopranos on Amazon Prime. If that’s not enough, try watching your favorite show only when you’re on the treadmill.
- Dress for success. I dress like I do in the warmest days of summer, plus have a ceiling fan and table-top fan blowing on me while I’m on the ‘mill.
- Listen to music. Some of my friends can’t watch videos when they run (I know I can’t read m’self), so they listen to upbeat music. My Pandora station has gotten me through may an outdoor run by myself.
- People watch. If you’re running on the treadmill at your gym, some of your fellow patrons may provide the best entertainment of your week.
So far, I’ve been doing three to 3.5 mile runs indoors. The plan calls for mid-week runs that go up to 8 milers. I am hopeful that the weather will allow me to take most of those runs outside. If not, at least now I know I can tame the stupid thing.
Do you have any tricks to get yourself to run on the treadmill? Any ways you make your treadmill runs suck less?