Treadmill running: you either love it or you hate it. But chances are if you run, you’ve had to spend some time on the treadmill. Treadmills don’t have to suck!
I may be the only person I know that actually likes the treadmill. Maybe it’s because I never *have* to use it, I *choose* to use it. When my week is going as planned, I’ll take my kids to the gym at 4:00 when the Kids Club opens, just to walk for an hour and watch silly things on Netflix in the peace and quiet.
Maybe that’s why I really do love it.
I have run on bad treadmills – the kinds that give you instant shin splints and make horrible noises. Those are terrible.
I have also run on really nice treadmills – the kinds that make running intervals a breeze and have TVs built in. Those are lovely.
I do have a few tips and tricks up my sleeve to make treadmill running not the worst thing in the world.
Have a Plan for The Treadmill Run
There are a billion and one treadmill workouts on Pinterest. Try one. Or two!
Interval running is great on a treadmill because you can look at the time and the distance and it is all laid out right in front of you.
Sometimes, that’s the best for me. I kind of obsess over numbers!
Have Some Entertainment on the Treadmill
Netflix for the win.
I’ve been known to watch Disney movies, Star Wars, and binge watch series. It’s how I got into Agents of SHIELD!
The only hard part about that is if it’s a show that’s slightly racy and you’re at the gym.
Am I the only one that gets uncomfortable with that? Yes? No?
Think About Your Form on the Treadmill
This is a new one for me. Mostly when I’m at the Gym because it is easier to look in a mirror while I’m running.
I focus a lot of how I am running, changing little things here and there to see if I can improve my overall form.
SO much easier to do on a treadmill than outside.
Cover the Screen With a Towel or Shirt
Some people aren’t super into the numbers and timing and intervals and distance and stuff that I obviously enjoy obsessing over while I run. Covering the screen with a towel can actually make the run go by a lot faster!
I’ve done that a few times, mostly when I don’t have a specific goal in mind or when I am too stressed out to think straight.
Podcasts and Audiobooks
This is really just a good running in general tip. If you aren’t in a spot where you want to sit and watch something on a little screen but don’t want to listen to the same boring playlist for the 100th time…
Podcasts are too – but I don’t have a bunch that I love love love (but have you listened to Serial or Dirty John?!)
Really, the things I don’t love about the treadmill are mostly things I don’t love about running. I get bored.
Do you have any good tips or tricks to add?
Patty Holliday is a Marvel loving, Disney obsessed wife, and mother of four. She’s a travel agent specializing in Disney & Universal vacations- and loves a candid confession. Find her in Virginia (or anywhere frequent flyer miles or her trusty minivan takes her.)