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3 Treadmill Workouts for Speed and Strength

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I like to think of myself as a runner who will run in any conditions.

I mean, I grew up in the frozen tundra of Upper Michigan. And now I’m a New Englander. We aren’t afraid of cold weather!

Browsicles, lashicles – no big deal!

The picture above is from my friend Sarah and I after our 13 mile run on Saturday in 9 degrees. I had marvelous company but it was far from a marvelous run. I don’t think it was the coldest temperature I’ve ever run in but it was definitely the coldest I’ve ever been on a run. The un-thawing afterwards was very painful.

I profess that I really dislike the treadmill and will not run on it unless I absolutely have to.

Well, last week, I willingly went to my treadmill. More than once.

It was a bone chilling, “I can’t feel my toes”, snot is frozen to my face, 3 degrees, when I woke up for most of my zero dark thirty runs.

I’m all, I LOVE MY TREADMILL, on those days.

Simple Treadmill Speed Workout  happyfitmama.com

The treadmill can be quite boring. There’s no doubt about that. I usually have to play with the speed and incline constantly to keep myself engaged in the run. Otherwise I’m ready to hop off and call it quits after 10 minutes. Music helps a ton. As does catching up on TV shows that you would never otherwise watch.

Having your own treadmill or access to one does have it’s benefits. Especially in the winter when the weather is usually far from ideal for completing quality workouts when you need to run hard.

The one good thing about the treadmill is that it keeps you on pace during a tempo or speed workout. There is a tendency to back off when you start feeling tired. However, the treadmill won’t let you do that unless you push a button.
Treadmill Progression Workout   happyfitmama.com
A couple of things to keep in mind while running on the treadmill:
  • Since the belt is constantly running, it will be dragging your legs under and behind you during your stride cycle. By doing this, your hamstring muscles (which would typically be doing this work when outside) will be working less and you will be relying more heavily on your quads.
  • The treadmill tells the brain that you’re running on an unstable surface, which activates your stabilizing muscles and can put more strain on muscles like the piriformis, hip flexors and lower back.
  • The treadmill encourages more heel striking and leg extension, which can put more strain on the knees, hamstrings and calves.

Treadmill Pryramid Hill Workout   happyfitmama.com

All of the workouts in this post are ones that I have done. I can attest that they will kick your butt just like any outdoor workout. You definitely are not cheating by using the treadmill.

When asked, I will now say that I love my treadmill. It’s the greatest thing ever.

I just don’t want to use it.

What’s the lowest temperature you have run in?

Pin It Party!

It’s another edition of the Pin It Party today!

Are you following me on Pinterest? If not, click HERE.

A big thanks to Lindsay for hosting again.

If you’ve never attended before, here’s the details.  The purpose of a Pin It Party is for bloggers to gain Pinterest exposure to some of their best posts and to help drive traffic to their blogs.

Pinning images from blog posts you love is a great way to support your favorite bloggers! It helps more people see the posts and can help the blogs grow. So in addition to my post, check out some of the others that are linked up at Lindsay’s and pin away!

Here’s what I’m bringing to the party.

Let’s workout first –

Track Attack The Ladder Workout  HappyFitMama.comTrack Attack Ladder Workout

A fun ladder workout that will make the time fly by. Trust me when I say the last 800 and 400 m will feel like nothing once you completed the 1200 m!

Post Run Recovery Tips  HappyFitMama.com5 Post Run Recovery Tips

Once we run hard, we need to start recovery right away to repair the damaged muscles.

Sunrise Run | HappyFitMama.comMy Top 10 Runner Problems

We are a unique group of people with our own set of problems.

Fresh Zucchini, Corn and Tomato Salad  Happyfitmama.comFresh Zucchini, Corn and Tomato Salad

Summer may be over but you can Pin this for next summer when you’ve got zucchini and tomatoes coming out of your ears.

Cherry Almond Granola Bars|HappyFitMama.comCherry Almond Granola Bars

Full of good for you energizing real food. The perfect snack for everyone!

So start pinning away! If you are on Pinterest, leave your URL in the comments and I’ll follow you back. I’m always looking for yummy food to make, new workouts and new inspiration.

In case you missed the other Pin It Party’s:

Pin It Party

Pin It Party II

Pin It Party III

Pin It Party IV

Happy Pinning!

Track Attack: The Ladder Workout

Happy National Running Day!

I hope you are spending at least a portion of this day out running the roads, trails, in the pool or even on the treadmill. Whatever you do, celebrate this great sport and share the love with everyone and anyone!

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Women’s Running Magazine: Subscribe or renew today for $1 an issue!

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It’s no secret running holds a special place in my heart. I’ve professed my love and the lessons it’s taught me over and over again.

Lately, I’ve ventured out to a new area of running that has always been intimidating to me.

The track.

Way back in grade school, I had a taste of track meets. Don’t ask me what events I ran…I think a relay and something else? I might of even won a few ribbons. But then again I went to a small catholic school so it didn’t take much to win anything.

My one and only memory of track in high school was watching a meet and seeing a friend pass out while running her event. I have no idea of what the distance was but it didn’t look fun. I mean, who wants to pass out while running?

During the past couple of years, I’ve dabbled in speed work on the track, never really sure of what I was doing. One lap is how far??

But this year, I want to get faster. I wan to be bold. I want to push myself to see what I can do.

I’m hitting the track.

And guess what?

I kind of like it.

I’ve found that it feels good to push and test my limits. Well…not necessarily while I’m in the middle of a 800 but afterwards. I feel strong. I feel confident. I’m finding that I am faster than I thought I was. I’m also realizing that I’ve been holding back way too much in my 5K races. I do have some speed in these stems. Who knew?

I’m by no means an expert on the track but I’m learning. I’m hoping I’ll only gain more and more knowledge as I get comfortable with being uncomfortable.

So far, my favorite track workouts have been ladders. They are super easy to remember. There’s no need to count laps and the pace stays the same. Plus, it’s fun to build up the distance and then come back down. The last 400 is tiring but in my head I think “It’s only a 400m!” Haha…the mind games runners play!

Track Attack The Ladder Workout HappyFitMama.com

Have a great day and enjoy your run!