Some love it. Some put up with it. Some absolutely won’t step foot on it.
I’m not afraid to admit that I put up with it. I have one and it has been the best thing EVER on days when the winter weather doesn’t cooperate with my running plans or when my families schedule prevents me from getting outside. It works for me. Does that mean I’d choose it over running outside? Hell no. I’d much rather be outside. But I’m all about getting my run in when I can.
As I mentioned on Monday, one of my goals for the first quarter of 2016 is to re-introduce specific workouts back into my running routine. I love doing a speed workout at the track, but all of our outdoor tracks are covered in snow until at least April. (There is the UNH track that I might be able to make it to this year during the week – yay!). My second option is the road. But with snow and ice in spots, I’d rather not mess with the roads right now for specific workouts.
So that leaves me with the treadmill. The treadmill is a great alternative for speed workouts.
Why should you do speed work on the treadmill?
Vary the terrain with a push of a button
The treadmill is the perfect flat route. If you want to work at a certain pace and don’t want to worry about incline/declines, then the treadmill is it. That is until you push a button. If you live in a flat area and you want to work in some hills, push the up button and you’ve got yourself an incline.
There’s no need to worry about stop lights, mapping a route, finding the least hilly route, what to do with your water bottle, etc. You can push the button to your desired pace and run you just need to hold it! And it will figure out what your speed equates to in pace per mile. Speedwork is hard! It’s fun to run fast, but it can be hard to hold a very fast pace when you’re tired. The treadmill helps take some of the guesswork out of the equation and forces you to keep up with the speed you set it at. It also slows you down on the recovery intervals, so you can appropriately recover.
You don’t need anything extra
With winter running, you need to wear ALL the layers. And then there’s carrying your phone, ID, hydration and fuel. The convenience of running in place is that if something comes up – you tweak your hamstring, you need to go to the bathroom RIGHT NOW, you can stop running and tend to the matter right then.
The treadmill really is a great tool, if you can make peace with it!
Although I choose the treadmill for this workout, you can also choose the track or a flat route outside. It’s a fun one!
Here’s some more treadmill workouts for speed and strength:
For more workout ideas, check out Wild Workout Wednesday!
And check out my Pinterest board dedicated to all workouts Treadmill!
Where do you prefer to do your speed workouts?
Love the treadmill? Tolerate it? Hate it?