The treadmill post.
We all know I effing hate the treadmill. I don’t like to just go run on the treadmill when I can go outside and run. I think the mill causes a lot of problems and quite frankly, I’d prefer to cross train my little heart out before using the treadmill.
That, however, doesn’t align with my running goals. When you live in a place that it is unreasonable and stupid to run outside…you have to do things that maybe aren’t your favorite.
I have run on the treadmill before…it isn’t like I’m a n00b treadmill runner. I don’t really have the best luck with it though. You see I have a really weird running form and if you’ve run with me before you know I literally look like a human ostrich. I run (and walk) for that matter, very far on my toes. So much so that my shoes with 1000 miles still have almost perfect tread on the heals…I’m not joking. It isn’t something I purposely do either.
The treadmill is a great tool when the weather is not okay to run outdoors and living in Upstate, NY, I can almost guarantee you that is all the time in the winter. I would prefer to run on the treadmill then running outside in the sleet, hail, ice, wind and cold. Cold I can deal with until about 10 degrees and then adding in the wind chill…no thanks.
Here are some of the things I do when running on the treadmill:
- Once I start the button…I don’t normally touch it throughout the entire run. It normally stays somewhere between 7.0-7.5. That’s it. I don’t prefer to go any faster than an 8 minute pace. I know the treadmill could force me too…but that is exactly what it does…forces you too.
- I don’t get off for water breaks. If I get off for a water break, I generally don’t stop the belt. Doing that multiple times in a run can allow the belt to run for an extra mile that you are drinking water. Plus if you find yourself needing 10 water breaks, chances are you are bored or the pace is to fast for you.
- I don’t push the pace. I don’t care…these runs could all be slow and it won’t bother me.
- Speaking of pushing the pace, I don’t sprint the last 5 minutes of the workout to cause my overall pace to be 30 seconds faster than the last hour of running. I don’t care that much and that is just saying, hey moving conveyer belt: here are multiple ways to injure me…do your worst. My blog isn’t here to impress you with my training or for you to compare yourself to me.
- I do watch trashy tv and keep it mindless.
The treadmill doesn’t have to be the worst experience of your life. It is actually a bit of a softer ground then running on concrete. What you do have to do though is be a bit smarter with your training as to not promote injuries.
Questions for you:
1. Do you ever have to run on the treadmill? (or do you just like too?)
2. What is your favorite surface to run on?