The treadmill has been my nemesis for quite some time.
I'm not afraid of it. I'm not intimidated by it. I'm certainly not in a battle with it. But I avoid running on it at (almost) all cost.
A bigger-than-BIG goal of mine, this winter, is to have a much more open mind and a welcoming heart when it comes to indoor running. Heck, if I can make it through a Polar Vortex (and endure upwards of 20 Milly runs, all in one season), I can probably survive most any (near) catastrophic experience.
That's not an exaggeration.
Alas, I've decided to share a few tricks that got me through last year's Polar Vortex. Keep in mind, these coping mechanisms are unique to me, my mindset, and the particular locale of my treadmill (whom I not-so-fondly refer to as Milly).
Run short. Consider doing a simple, short run. It can be just a couple of miles in distance, or even just 20-30 minutes of cardio. You could make it into a quick speed workout, or just 30 minutes of easy-does-it running. Keep it short and sweet and it may not be so bad.
Mix it up. Personally, I just cannot do long, steady runs on the treadmill. Seriously, I think I have run six miles (once? maybe twice?), but usually five miles is my max. Those of you who can knock out double digit miles have my utmost respect, but not my envy (I say that sincerely). I usually have to switch up the speed and/or the incline intermittently. A five mile run goes a lot quicker (for me, at least) if each 1/2-mile has something different to offer.
Look elsewhere. My treadmill resides in our mud room, so there are no big screens for entertainment or distraction. A lot of my runs also happen in the early hours, so that window, looking out into our backyard, often times acts as a mirror when it's dark outside. Yeah. That gal in the window is entertaining for maybe the first mile, and then I get pretty bored with both her and her flopping ponytail. If you need a distraction, possibly your phone or iPad/tablet may suffice. Myself, I just suck it up and go without because it isn't worth the extra work (of focusing on a small screen while in movement), and I don't know how secure it would be from bouncing or sliding.
Swap in some strength-training breaks. As much as runners love their cardio, it's no secret a little bit of strength work makes us even better at running. Once in awhile, I pause after each mile and do a short set of upper-body strength moves, as well as a few lower-body moves. This is more of an all-body workout than an actual "run," but it gives me a few miles of cardio as well as some strength-training.
So, those are a few tricks I have in my treadmill survival arsenal. Not everyone needs such devices to get through the winter, but I do. I'm a die-hard summer runner gal at heart. I can tolerate the Winter, but that doesn't mean I have to love it.
Care to hear a bit more about me and my treadmill? Check out these posts:
The Treadmill: Five Recent Reality Revelations
A Treadmill Catharsis
I named her Milly
How do you feel about winter running? Do you find yourself running less in the cold weather? Running just as much? Do you take your runs to the treadmill when the temps get cold?
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