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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Workout Plan For The Week

Do you need a week long workout plan? I decided to put together some workouts I have created, and videos into a 7 day workout plan for you, that you can follow this week!

If you like trying new things or just want to switch up your routine, then this is perfect for you :)

Here we go:


gym workout

Get Pumped At The Gym


30-60 minutes cardio of your choice


Lower Body Blast

Thursday Torch Those Arms





There you have it-a week of workouts! Feel free to move around days, or the rest day to whatever works best for you. Also, if you want a second rest day, use the Tuesday cardio day as a rest day.

Let me know if you have any questions about any of these workouts!

I’m excited I figured out how to add Pin It buttons underneath pictures, so please feel free to pin things/follow me on Pinterest :)

Which of these workouts do you want to try?

What types of workouts would you like to see more of? I always love feedback!


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Health/Fitness Links To Get You Through The Day

Half way through the week! Hope everyone’s week is going well so far…for some reason for me it feels like it’s dragging…

Here are your health links for today:

Do you prefer chocolate or vanilla protein powder? I used to love chocolate, now I’ve switched to vanilla!


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Health/Fitness Links To Get You Through The Day

Found a bunch of great stuff these past couple of days that I have been waiting to share!

Here are your health links for today:

Do you embrace hills or plan your runs on flat ground? I love them and find I am a better racer on hilly courses!


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Hill Workout on the Treadmill

Whether it’s because of the weather or because you live in a flat area, sometimes an outdoor hill run just isn’t possible.

Recently, once a week I have tried to incorporate hills into my run, and usually it’s been on the treadmill. I like hills on the treadmill because you can control the incline. Below you will find my own hill workout I’ve created, which usually amounts to 3 miles. If you do a shorter warm-up or cut the 3 minute break into less time, it will be less miles (obviously).

Since I’m just starting half-marathon training, these are different than hill sprints. I am not doing hill sprints. These are simply running at an incline at a normal pace. I do not change my pace on the treadmill while doing these. Hill sprints are great but once you have built up a running base. So, if my running pace that day is 10 minutes per mile (or 6.0 speed) that’s the speed I keep it at the whole time…unless of course I want to walking break ;)

Let me know if you decide to try this workout on your next treadmill run! I love it…it helps pass the time and make the dreadmill not so boring :)

hilltreadHow do you make the treadmill less boring? Any sort of interval workout works for me. I cannot run at a steady pace and not be bored out of my mind!