I was provided the NordicTrack Commercial 1750 treadmill in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion in this sponsored post.
Last winter, I did not have a treadmill. My old one died after 10 faithful years of service and my new NordicTrack Commercial 1250 had not arrived yet. Thankfully, I did not have a spring marathon in the plans, because we got hit with 23″ of snow IN ONE WEEKEND last winter. I’ll train outside in all kinds of weather, but it’s kind of hard to train when all the surfaces are covered with over a foot of snow! I know a lot of people who put in a lot of miles on treadmills last winter.
Luckily, by the time I need to start training for the Marine Corps Marathon, my new treadmill had arrived. Unfortunately, so had summer, which in Virginia can mean temps in the high 90s with matching humidity. While I am admittedly undertrained, I can only imagine how much worse my training would have gone. For me, like many runners, running on a treadmill was an integral part of my marathon training, so here are some tips to incorporate a treadmill into a training plan.
Tips for Marathon Training on the Treadmill
- Use the treadmill for your shorter runs – For most of us, shorter is better on the treadmill. Plus, with the treadmill, you can set it for specific paces and then just run, which is great for speed work. I know my NordicTrack treadmill also has a ton of preset workouts that you can choose.
- Proceed with caution with the incline options – I love that the NordicTrack has an incline from -3% to 15% (since my floor isn’t flat, we tend to use ours at -1-2%), but you need to be careful about the more extreme inclines. Use them judiciously. Personally, I find that running on the incline changes my gait, so I use it very sporadically for short periods of time.
- Vary your speed during your long runs – Not only does this help you break things up mentally, it also gives your body a bit of a change. Now, I’m not saying run a 7 minute mile pace when you should be doing a 12 minute mile. I’m just saying that changing up the speed by small amounts can make a long run more bearable.
- Make sure you have entertainment – I’m lucky because the NordicTrack treadmill I have has iFit technology. This means I can run specific routes. It also means I can surf the web or watch a video on the internet. I’ve also discovered that I can read on my tablet up to about a 10:45 mile pace. This is great for my longer runs and recovery runs. Just bump the words up to granny size and go! If all else fails, it’s a great way to fit in a Netflix marathon.
- Use it as an opportunity to test your fueling – Practice the timing of food and water or try out something new. Then if something doesn’t work for you, the bathroom is never far away…
Do you incorporate treadmill runs into your race training? Voluntarily or out of necessity? What’s your best tip?
Disclaimer: I was provided the NordicTrack Commercial 1750 treadmill in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion. All opinions and pictures are my own.