My 5 Favorite Treadmill Workouts

I’ve been having to do WAY too many runs on my treadmill lately. While I can tolerate it, I much, much, much rather be outside. When the temps are -2 degrees, it’s icy or I only have a short window of time available to get a run in, the treadmill wins. I’m thankful I have it otherwise I’d be a wee bit crabby on those days.

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Running on a treadmill does have its benefits:

  • Climate controlled – no worries of it raining inside. If you have that problem, I suggest you call a plumber.
  • Less risk of injury from weather conditions. When running in the snow and ice, form is thrown off completely. The last thing you want is an injury!
  • Speed work. I sometimes have a hard time kicking up the pace fast enough for speed work on the open road. The treadmill takes the guess work out of it.
  • Helps you learn to run at a consistent pace.
  • Builds mental toughness. It’s BORING but it takes self-motivation and commitment to stick it out. Two things that are key to training and racing.

I know I’m not the only one who is forced inside at times. Here are my 5 favorite treadmill workouts of varying distances and intensities. The next time you are stuck with the “dreadmill” just remember – ANY run is better than none!

Frosty Dash - winter speed work - happyfitmama.com

After Burn Treadmill Workout - happyfitmama.com

Rise & Sweat Treadmill Workout - happyfitmama.com

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Speed

Treadmill – Love it, tolerate it or absolutely no way, not going to do it?

51 comments on “My 5 Favorite Treadmill Workouts

  1. At times, I really like the treadmill. I was really, really burnt out at the end of last year and surprisingly running on the treadmill while watching TV has actually brought back some love. I’ll hate it again when the weather changes though! :)
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  2. I used to rely on the treadmill a lot when we had the serious winter of upstate NY, but actually didn’t use it much at all in Texas. Just this week I had my first treadmill run of the whole training cycle, because of pouring down rain. And I actually enjoyed it! Thanks for the great workouts!
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  3. I’m loving the treadmill now that temps have dropped. I like the pre-set program so it’s a no brainer run for me. Just one word of advice, dancing on the treadmill is definitely a no-no! =)

  4. I love everything about my treadmill. 2 years ago I burned up my 2nd commercial grade treadmill and had 2 weeks without one (January) – horrible!!! I have so many ways to keep myself entertained on it that I’m never bored!! Longest continuous run on it (so far!) – 42 miles.
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  5. Thanks for posting these. I am not a huge treadmill fan but i did just quit my crossfit box that was too expensive, too far away and I just wasn’t feeling the vibe…so I am back at the regular old gym and will be on the treadmill I am sure. These workouts will make it more fun!

    1. Please don’t let your head explode. 😉 I need variety in speed and/or incline on the treadmill. Keeps me interested just enough to get a decent run in. Good luck!

  6. I’d much rather run outside. However, that being said, there are times that I prefer the treadmill…especially if it is super snowy, windy or cold. I feel like I actually run better outside, but I like the flexibility of the treadmill…and I can run even if my husband is not home to watch the kids. Thanks for the workouts!
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  7. Great workouts. I tolerate the treadmill, it has saved my sanity many days for a run during nap time and in brutal winter when I’ve had to run 20 milers on the treadmill instead of blizzard conditions.
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  8. I too have been stuck on the treadmill for longer than I had anticipated (although luckily the ice and snow melted so I got outside yesterday). You know, one thing I am learning is that I do find a lot of value with the treadmill. It gives you options when the weather is just not in our favor, when childcare keeps us at home, or when we’re a little achey and need a soft surface. Plus, for those of us in the flat midwest, it gives us hills when we can’t get them as easily on our normal routes. I also am finding there is great “mental conditioning” I get from it. If I can survive many miles mentally on it, the outdoor long runs are that much mentally easier! :)
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  9. I do it when there aren’t any other options like to cold, to windy, or not enough time. I always like new workouts to make it go quicker these look great!

  10. The treadmill is not my favourite. Mental toughness indeed! Usually I max out after about 30 mins. Thanks for this… I usually play with the buttons just to keep me distracted. Having a plan before I start would make the time more productive I think.

    I usually listen to books while I run … especially on the treadmill. It gives me something to think about. I wish I had a TV. :(
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  12. I enjoy outdoor workouts and I love running on empty roads. But in winters It becomes difficult to go and run early morning so I have to satisfy myself with treadmill.

  13. Exercise is one of those rare things where the hype actually meets reality. Next to not smoking, getting regular physical activity is arguably the best thing you can do for your health. Any amount of exercise is better than none. The more you get, though, the better. And remember: Cutting back on television-watching and other sedentary pastimes is just as important as becoming more active.

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