Does treadmill training fill you with fear? Do you wonder how people can spend hours on a treadmill at a time?
While I can’t imagine doing all of my race training on a treadmill, I do kind of love it for a number of reasons.
First off, climate control. I love that it doesn’t matter what the weather is, I can always run on my treadmill. Too hot? Treadmill. Too cold? Treadmill (though it’s usually not that cold in the DC area). Rain? Snow? Ice? Hurricane? Treadmill.
For me, it’s usually not the weather that keeps me on the treadmill, it’s safety. I don’t like running alone in the evenings, even when it’s light out. Weekends are different because I live along a very well-used trail, but during the week, I just feel better doing my long runs inside. Every so often, I will venture out, but especially as the days get shorter, I stay inside.
But how do I get through the boredom?
I only have one TV in my house and it’s in the basement, which is sort of my family room area and also my workout area. (Basement is lovely and completely finished, so it’s not like I’m going down to a cement box all the time.) I just don’t have a ton of time to sit and watch tv with work and all my training. Having the TV “less accessible” means I’m that much less likely to just sit and watch for hours on end.
That said, it means I miss a lot of things I really enjoy. So that’s where treadmill (and bike trainer) time comes in. If I know I have a big workout coming, I will save a certain show that I’m looking forward to and only watch it on the treadmill. It’s a great incentive for me to get in the workout.
Clearly, this won’t work for everyone. But my tip is to incentivize yourself! Do what it takes to get you on that treadmill and get you going. Or suck it up and go outside, regardless of the weather.