Welcome to the latest edition of Run It!
In case you missed it, here’s what we covered in January:
This month the focus is how to stay sane on the treadmill.
I’m not sure why but there is this big debate that goes on between runners – treadmill lovers and treadmill haters. I really don’t understand what the big deal is. If you choose to run on the treadmill, good for you. If you’d rather stick a needle in your eye than run on a treadmill, please run outside than.
If you run, outside or on a treadmill, you are a runner. End of discussion.
This time of year, I tend to use my treadmill more often. While I’d prefer to run every single run outside, sometimes mothering duties, time and weather conditions make me choose the treadmill instead.
I can’t remember the last time I ran outside with music. On the treadmill, it’s absolutely necessary. I still have nightmares from my gym going days when I was stuck on treadmill next to the loudest mouth breather, heavy foot falls guy that ever ran on a treadmill. Thankfully, I had my ear buds that day and cranked up the tunes to tune him out. I’m not fancy enough to make playlists so I’ll tune into Pandora. I get quite giddy when old school rap from the 90’s comes on. Mo’ Money Mo’ Problems? No problems on the treadmill.
Treadmill running is the perfect time for brainless TV. Watching the Real Housewives, The Bachelor or Dancing with the Stars are the perfect shows for the treadmill. No thinking required. I would never waste my time watching these shows any other time. Ok, that’s a lie. When we had cable I could totally get sucked into any show on Bravo.
Switch it Up
Whenever I’m on the treadmill, switching up the incline and/or speed usually keeps me entertained and my mind occupied so my eyes are safe from poking. Another option is to do running/strength intervals. My favorite is:
Run 1 mile
*10 push ups
*60 second forearm plank
Run 1 mile
Repeat sequence as many times as you need to.
If you have a gym membership, recruit friends to join you for your treadmill run.
Misery Awesomeness loves company. The miles will click away just like you are on a long run outside while you chat and catch up with friends.
Here are even more sanity saving treadmill tips from 5 of my running friends. Click on the picture to take you to their post. And don’t forget to Pin away so you have a stash to reference whenever you need it.
Sarah has a workout for that.
Allie – Btw, Allie is headed to Cuba today for the Havanna Tri on Saturday. Sending her a big WooooHoooo!!!
How do you stay sane on the treadmill?
What’s the longest distance you’ve run on the treadmill?