Snow, wind, rain, heat, they can all turn an easy run into a never ending trudge…or make you totally bad ass.
While all those I’m a warrior endorphins are great, I have no qualms about skipping the harsh weather in favor of my treadmill.
Many runners turn up their noses at the treadmill, but I LOVE IT. I’m convinced it’s one of the reasons I can maintain such an even pace during races, why my knees don’t hurt and it truly allows me to train for a variety of race courses. Some also think they run slower on treadmills, and they might, but that can be corrected.
The treadmill allowed me to train for hills while I lived in pancake Florida.
The treadmill has allowed me to enjoy some flat while adjusting to hilly altitude Denver.
The treadmill beats my excuses about weather or lack of light.
The treadmill is how I’ll be training for a very long downhill race coming up soon (I can feel the quad searing pain already).
So today we’re going to talk about workouts.
I love that nearly all the Nordictrack treadmills come with a huge variety of built in workouts.
I’ve found that these keep David’s mind occupied on the run and when you activate WiFi with Google maps you can practice a race course! Imagine prepping for Boston by pulling up the course and having your treadmill mimic the up and downhills that you’ll encounter….heartbreak hill won’t have anything on you!
This is the screen that greets me each day. I have no plans for a race here, but it looks pretty! And when you’re using one of the built in programs it automatically changes the incline for you to match the course, at least my NordicTrack C2950 does!I’ll be talking soon about how to find the right treadmill for your needs, but just know that you can find solid options at a great price from Sears, including NordicTrack and ProForm, as well as other fitness equipment and accessories to help strengthen and improve your running and overall fitness. In addition to a great variety, Sears has equipment for every budget, such as the NordicTrack t 6.7i Treadmill which is on sale $589.99, Reg. $899.99.
If you aren’t up for a run, then a hill workout is a fantastic way to get your heart rate up without the high impact. You can absolutely sub in hill walks for easy run days.
- Get some new ideas to change up your training
- Lower the impact while still getting the same benefits
- Add in to your base building for stronger legs to prevent injuries
You’ve probably heard a lot about intervals lately as the key to fat blasting and they are certainly one great way to do that. These workouts can also encourage you to change up your speed instead of sticking with your normal easier pace.
- Break up your routine and increase calorie burn in a shorter time
- Try different workouts that you may not have previously
- Set it and forget it – this way you don’t have to think about when to speed up or recover
Create Your Own Workout
I however am not a fan of the predefined workout. Not because they aren’t effective, they 100% are.
But manually changing things, keeps me engaged in the run. I check in with how I’m feeling, my form and if I can push harder. For many of you, staying engaged is also a way to make the time fly!
Here are 3 of the workouts that I love including in my training. They can work for speed days, long runs or even easy days!
Ease Me In
When you have a run on the schedule, but your body is saying “nah let’s rest”, it’s time for some trickery.
Assuming you aren’t over trained and just need to get going, this workout is perfect. Starting with the high incline walking gets your heart rate up, but is still easier than the run…then suddenly you drop it all the way down and your easy pace feels pretty good.After repeating this for 5 times, you might find that you want to stay at your easy run pace for a few more miles to finish out a great run.3 treadmill workouts to help you beat the boredom and bust your tired excuses #running Click To Tweet
Not Quite Slow and Steady
First up is my momentum builder treadmill workout. This is when you need to run, but mentally aren’t there. By starting with a nice easy pace, you ease in the run feeling good and that helps encourage you to keep going. I often find that after hitting my stride, I will finish up with a couple extra miles at my easy pace. And if not, heck I still got a great workout!
Learning to Speed
For anyone like me who hates that lung burning want to puke feeling of 400 meter repeats, have no fear you can still get faster. This workout is especially effective because it allows you to customize it to your current fitness level.
I’ve found that many people jump in a program, trying to follow specific speeds that only lead them to injury. Here you’ll be learning to gauge how you feel and thus determine just how fast your body is really ready to go. This is one of my favorite workouts to assign those I coach. You can do it just once to start out and build up to a weekend long run that includes 5 rounds. It grows with you throughout the training cycle as your speed and ability naturally increases.
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This post is sponsored by Sears. All workouts, tips and thoughts are my own.