Learning to like the treadmill?
Saturday, December 10, 2011
Maybe "like" is too strong, but I am not dreading it anymore. Because of the long dark hours, the freezing cold, and the fact my gym offers childcare, I have decided that it will probably be more feasible to get runs in on the treadmill throughout the winter, and maybe I can get in an outside run here and there. I am still trying to do 1 speed (30 minutes), 1 tempo (45 minutes), and 1 long run (60 minutes). Treadmill speeds do not much up with my speeds outside. I can never get as many miles in on the treadmill as I can outside w/my Garmin. So, I am going by perceived effort and time rather than distance, so I don't get so frustrated with the pace. For me, a 6 on the treadmill feels like a 9 or 9.5 pace outside. So, 5 is my easy jog, 6 is a littler harder, and 7 is running. Then I throw in some 8s for sprint work. Today, I did 60 minutes of running on the treadmill. Even though it said 5.5 miles, I know that if I did the same thing outside, it would be a little over 6. I also found that mixing up the speeds is a must for me on the treadmill. Today, I did 5 sets of the following: 5 minutes at 5, 5 minutes at 6, 1 minute at 7. This really made the time go by! Tina at the blog Carrots N Cake just posted a ton of great treadmill workouts of varying speeds and distances. Fit Sugar has some good ones too that I've used a lot.
I am going to try and keep up the 60 minute runs once a week to keep up my endurance so that I start revving up my distance in the early spring for 1/2 marathon training.
I hope this blog helps some of you keep up your runs through the winter. When I come across some good ones, I will post them.
PS Till I Collapse is a great running song!