5 Reasons To Use The Treadmill

If you’re like me, you hate the treadmill…or the “dreadmill.” But sometimes, there are reasons to use the treadmill where it can help your running. Just make sure you’ve got a good playlist so you don’t get bored ;)

Reasons To Use The Treadmill
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Hill sprints. Treadmills are a great way to get in hill sprints if you live in a flat area. Even if you don’t, I doubt you have abundant hills at 10% incline in your area (well, at least I don’t). I love getting on the treadmill to do hill sprints of varying inclines and speeds. This one is my favorite and only takes about 10 minutes!

It’s safer. Recently, I’ve unfortunately read about more and more runners being attacked while running or hit by vehicles. It scares me to think that anything can happen while I’m out for a run. Not only this, but now that it’s fall, it means it will be getting darker out. Stay safe by wearing reflective gear if you must run outside.

Track workouts. I’m not a huge fan of running in the winter. Which is probably why I took such a long break after NYC Marathon :) I just hate the cold. I wish it could be fall all year. So therefore, I do my track workouts on the treadmill. You can also use the treadmill if you have trouble pacing yourself in workouts. Set the pace and run the intervals. It may help you internalize the pace and learn how to run with even pacing.

Running with a partner. I’m lucky in that my mom runs the same pace as I do, but if you have a workout or gym buddy, the treadmills make it convenient to run together. No more worrying about keeping up with the other person or slowing down for the other person.

Simulate a race course. Whether it’s the winter months or you don’t like in an area similar to your course, the treadmill can help you run a course exactly (well, almost) like your race course. For me, I don’t like near any flat land. Anywhere I run will have hills. So running on a treadmill can help me learn what it’s like to run on flat land for an extended period. Vice versa if you have no hills near you or hills like those on the Boston Marathon course.

As much as I don’t like running on a treadmill, it does have it’s advantages when it comes to certain things. I don’t mind doing hill intervals on them, in fact, it’s one of my favorite gym workouts to do after a lifting session. One day when I have a home gym, I know I’ll also have a treadmill for convenience.

What do you think about running on the treadmill? I have a friend who can run for an hour+ no problem. How?!?

Have you ever tried simulating a course?

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  1. I do 75% of my running on a treadmill in my home gym…. it enables me to keep track of my pace better and fit in runs whenever I need to.
    Elena recently posted…The Traveler’s Guide of Where to Run in CopenhagenMy Profile

    • That is why I would like one in my home gym because there have been many days where it’s raining or snowing and I can’t get my run in outside, or if its a snow day I can’t even go to the gym because it’s closed!

  2. HELLLLLZ ya you know I agree! I swear by using the treadmill as part of my best rounds of training…gives me hills or a break from the heat
    Amanda – RunToThefinish recently posted…ChiRunning has it all wrong: Running technique to increase powerMy Profile

  3. I prefer the treadmill! I’m motivated by trying to run farther and faster, so I like the treadmill for that reason. It’s a little easier to manipulate those elements.
    Kimberly recently posted…Clean Caramel Apple Dip {Recipe ReDux}My Profile

    • I can see how you could be motivated to run faster. Well I am bc I just want my run to be over haha so I set the pace at something faster than I would run outside. Plus it’s a little easier on my joints I feel like, so running at a faster pace won’t make me sore or anything after.

  4. I actually love the treadmill. I’ve done many double digit runs on them for marathon training when the conditions outside weren’t conducive! I will say though – I think I relied too heavily on it for a while and lost of lot of my speed (even when doing speed work on it) I don’t think that you can be 100% prepared for road racing solely relying on the treadmill. Or that could just be me and my body. But zoning out to a few episodes of a good show = boredom buster!
    Gianna @ Run, Lift, Repeat recently posted…Chicago Marathon Training – Week 15My Profile

    • Double digit runs?? Wow way to go! I can barely do 3 miles on the treadmill. I’ve tried watching a show too but I get motion sick or something because it just makes me dizzy or naseous. I can’t zone out on a treadmill bc all I’m thinking about is “is it over yet?” lol but if I can do a hill or track workout on it then I enjoy that much more.

  5. I love the treadmill til i get bored! Haha our treadmills at the gym are right in front of … a mirror. So it’s a little awkward staring at myself!
    Carmy recently posted…Run Naked!My Profile

  6. I don’t really run very much, but I love the treadmill for a good incline power walk. Since I live in a very hilly part of the world, it keeps me in shape for weekend hikes with the family!
    Tamara recently posted…Five reasons to keep a fitness journalMy Profile

    • I am not a good walker – I can run but can’t power walk! I get winded in like 5 minutes lol. I’ve tried incline walking when I’m injured and I get so tired so fast…no clue why! Same with stairs.

  7. Treadmills get such a bad rap. This is all great advice….I have trouble finding hills and I’m thinking of going back to the treadmill to get those specific workouts. It is definitely helpful for specific training runs.
    Janelle @ Run With No Regrets recently posted…Rock and Roll Philly 5K Race RecapMy Profile

    • I do feel like it has helped me get stronger at hills in races because when I do hill repeats I’m running at like 10% incline which is killer, but makes you stronger both physically and mentally!

  8. The DREADMILL… but I know these are true ;)
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