I go months without talking about my workouts, and then blog about fitness two Fridays in a row. Who am I?
Anyway, today I want to talk about how I’m taking the dread out of the treadmill. But first a back story.
When I first started working out, the treadmill was my cardio machine of choice. Looking back, I think I really enjoyed knowing how fast I was running/walking and how far I was going. The exactness of it drew me in.
I only realized how fun and liberating outdoor running was when I started training for my first half marathon. After a while, I actually looked forward to my long runs on the trail.
Then I moved several times, and once again became a slave to the good old treadmill, only to rediscover my love for running outside when we made the move to Miami. I can honestly count on one hand how many times I ran on the treadmill during our time there.
But as you all know, St. Pete is a bit different than Miami. I’m still familiarizing myself with area, and believe it or not, the heat and humidity are much more evident up here.
Because I don’t want to stop running altogether until I (and the weather) figure things out, I’m resorting to the treadmill a couple of times a week. And one big lesson I’ve learned so far is that while I can run long distances outdoors, I just can’t do it while on the treadmill. Yes, I realize this more than likely a mental thing, but I just find it so boring and blah.
So to take the dread out the treadmill and to keep my boredom at bay, I came up with a little run/walk workout. I’ve completed it a few times now, and I must say it does a decent job of keeping things just interesting enough!
So here’s how it works – complete minutes 0-10 and then repeat three to four times for a great cardio workout. And I know this has you changing the speed a lot, but the pattern is easy to grasp after the first go around (I just think 3-1-1 and 2-2-1). The best part is that it’s 100%customizable – adjust the speeds to your liking and add an incline to make it even more challenging. The possibilities are endless!
Just for the record, I still call the treadmill the dreadmill. I just tolerate it a lot better now!
Happy Friday and thanks for reading!
4 thoughts on “How to Take the Dread Out of the Treadmill”
Intervals are definitely the way to go! I find the help pass the time quickly.
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Most definitely! It’s the only way I can convince myself to get on the treadmill.
i was exactly the same way before i discovered running outdoors but now i cant even get on a treadmill. i rather just walk or take a nap instead of a dread-mill 😛
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Haha – naps are always a good alternative! 🙂