That’s right. Somehow over the last 3 months, I’ve run more miles on the treadmill than I have outside. And I’ve come to accept that.
I’ve had a treadmill for 12 or so years. I don’t remember exactly when we bought one, but it was sometime right before or after Shoo (who is now 12) was born. I know this because I remember putting him down for a nap on the bed next to the treadmill and running while he slept. That treadmill was my lifeline when he was little because he refused to nap in a stroller. (Jones, on the other hand, used to nap for HOURS as long as the stroller or the car was moving…) So, I’d drop Jones at preschool, get Shoo down for a nap, and run for as long as he’d sleep.
But once the kids got older, I only used the treadmill when the weather was dangerous for running or when Beer Geek was on travel and I didn’t manage a run while the kids were at school. In fact, Beer Geek walked on it way more often than I ran on it.
So, I’ve always considered the treadmill my work out of last resort. I once ran 8 miles on a one mile loop of snow free pavement to avoid hitting the treadmill.
Things have changed this winter. One part is that many of my runs are before or after (or both) a specific workout from the Faster Way. If I’m lifting in a tank top and skirt, but it’s 30 degrees out, I’m not going to be trying to shove my sweaty body into outdoor running clothes.
It’s much easier to just hop on the ‘mill. And given the option to jump on the treadmill when it’s windy and grey, yeah, I’m on it. I’m going to pretend that running in my warm porch (because you know I have that heater cranked) is going to prepare me for the warm runs that are ahead this summer. Either that or it’s going to prepare me to run on it with the AC cranked LOL.
Wondering how I survive doing so many runs on the treadmill?
- Speedwork – I love doing intervals on the treadmill. It’s a good workout and it makes the time fly by.
- A good book – I’ve learned how to read on my iPad while I’m running up to about a 10 minute pace. In fact, on days when I don’t want to run, I bribe myself with a book on the treadmill. Because I always want to read.
- Pyramids – Changing the speed regularly keeps me engaged. So, I start slow and work my way up to a not quite tempo pace and then work my way back down. Depending on the mileage I’m looking for, I may do this multiple times.
- You Tube and Facebook Live videos – I’m not one who has the attention span to watch a movie. Nor am I entertained by audiobooks or podcasts. But I’ve found that if I can find something informative (about nutrition or health or what new skirts Skirt Sports is coming out with LOL), I can usually watch about 30 minutes before I get bored.
Do you use a treadmill or you an “outside at all times, regardless of the weather” kind of person? If you use one, what are your tips for making it enjoyable?