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
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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