I’ve seen several posts today about treadmill training tips. One over at Marcia’s healthy slice, and one over at Taking the long way home. This made me stop and think, and I am a hater of the mill. But we have this sort of love/hate relationship you see…
Yet still my descriptive terms for the ‘mill are as follows: Hate. Loath. Despise. Sorry…til true. I run to get outside of my head, be free, release stress among many other things. Running in place on a hamster like wheel just doesn’t relieve any stress for me.
But after last winter of NOT running due to Polar Vortex madness here in in the Chicagoland area which thusly turned one once normally cheery Michelle in to a hot mess of depression – I decided to reconsider my feelings.
I started shortly before the holidays after giving myself a few weeks off after my half marathon in November. I was only doing a couple miles at a time, but I was moving.
Then I had my forced rest period after cutting part of my thumb off (which has healed miraculously by the way-you’d never know I cut it!) and started back at it about a month ago….No bid deal as I wasn’t in official “training” status.
But now, here I am in week 1 of full marathon training, and the temps are a real feel of below 0 so it’s to the ‘mill I go…
So here are my tips to not pull your hair out while running on the ‘mill, in no particular order.
1. Don’t try to beat any records if you aren’t a fan of the ‘mill. Start out an an easy pace, and just let your legs do the work.
2. Music. A must have if you don’t have a TV available.
3. Turn the music UP, and allow yourself to get as lost as you can in the music without falling off the back of the mill. (yes, I’ve nearly done this a couple times)
4. Keep your eyes open, and focus on your balance. (see number 3)
5. If you have a TV near by, catch up on shows, watch a movie, or good re-runs of your favorite show.
6. Cover the read out with a towel.
7. Don’t peek…I know…nearly impossible but TRY.
8. Vary your speeds to break up the monotony. I go all out for a song, then slow it down for a song, that keeps me from having to peek at the time/distance.
9. Keep water or your hydrating liqiud of choice near by. I am a fan of plain water or Nuun.
10. Feel free to “fly” while running on the ‘mill. When I run outside and find myself running down a hill I always spread my arms and ‘fly’ with a full out WEEEEEEEEE to go with it.
11. Dancing is also recommended, but I encourage you to only do this while running at a slower pace. (See note in number 3)
12. Phone a friend. I text my friend Maria over at Running Flaps about an hour before my run. She’s my virtual running buddy, and encourages me along the way.
So tonight I did my first official training run on the ‘mill. I had 3 miles on deck and felt like I was stabbing myself in the eye by .5 miles in. Lord help me if it doesn’t warm up soon, because no matter how many tips I post-I still loath the ‘mill.
How do you handle running indoors? Any tips I am missing that you could pass on to me?
My name is Michelle and I am a retired Air Force Master Sergeant. I have found a passion for running, cooking, writing, photography and all things that move my love for life! I've ran 3 full marathons, with a PR of 4:25, and 17 half marathons with a PR of 2:00:11 (yup-missed sub 2 by 11 seconds, lol). Thanks for joining me on my journey!