Find Your Speed on the Treadmill

Try one of these 3 speed workouts to rock your next treadmill run and to gain speed!

The treadmill.

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.

Pace perfect

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!

Treadmill Speed Workout

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:

Simple Treadmill Speed Workout  happyfitmama.comHills are speed work in disguise. If you don’t want to push the speed, head for the hills instead.

Treadmill Pryramid Hill Workout   happyfitmama.comFor more workout ideas, check out Wild Workout Wednesday!

And check out my Pinterest board dedicated to all workouts Treadmill!

Follow Happy Fit Mama’s board Happy Fit Treadmill Workouts on Pinterest.

Where do you prefer to do your speed workouts?

Love the treadmill? Tolerate it? Hate it?

19 comments on “Find Your Speed on the Treadmill

  1. I’m actually in the market for a treadmill so these workouts are timely 🙂 I definitely “put up” with the ‘mill but I absolutely love the idea of having one in my house when there will inevitably be 27 snow days this year!! Great stuff and I love the plug for your Pinterest board at the end. Clever.
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  2. I don’t love the treadmill, but it really is a necessity in the winter if you want to get any training done! I do speed work on the mill (the conditions are too unpredictable here) and I do heat training (running on the mill with fleece pants and top, no fan). My treadmill is 18 years old, but it is a reliable old frenemy.
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  3. Thanks for the great treadmill workouts! I am a basement treadmill dweller all winter, and I have to say I actually love it! I just roll out of bed and in a few minutes I’m on the treadmill. Sports bra and shorts are all I need, and every thing I need is right within my reach. In the summer I love an outdoor run, but the in winter it’s can’t be beat in my opinion. And with the Bachelor starting again, I have *hours* of entertainment waiting for me 🙂
    Glad you are getting back into your running workouts again! !
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  4. I love my treadmill. I know some hate it like you said, but I totally agree about it being easier because you’re not all bundled up or worrying about the roads in the winter. You also don’t have to worry about the sunlight versus being outside. The type-A brain of mine also likes KNOWING how fast and how much incline I’m climbing.
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  5. I like the speed workout you posted. I can see how the 1 min intervals would really start to burn your legs. Have you tried sprint 8? 8×30s all out sprints with 30s rest intervals in between or you can do the heart rate variant where you allow your heart rate to return to normal before you hop on again.
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