TIPS for TREADMILL RUNNING at HOME:
1- Get everything ready before you turn on the treadmill.
- Position the treadmill for the most comfort, this only works if you have an area where it can be moved. We have a large loft so I have Muscle Man move the TM closer to the TV.
- If you have a show to watch turn on the TV and turn up the volume, have the remote in close range so you can fast forward the commercials if you have DVR.
- Open a window nearby or grab a fan, keeping cool while running inside is not easy.
2- USE your Towel!! I use my Inperspire HERE towel for a few things. First, to cover the screen, I will stare at the minutes ticking away if the screen is not covered. Second, to blot away the sweat, I am dripping by the end of the run. And lastly, for the motivation, "Stronger, Faster, Better."
3- Have your hydration ready. I will go through an entire bottle of water on a short treadmill run. OUr treadmill has a cup holder, my Nuun HERE bottle fits perfectly. FYI you can still get Free shipping at Nuun from now until 12/9.
4- Wear the right shoes. I am a heavy girl, the treadmill emphasizes every footfall. If I wear my road shoes I am clomp, clomp, clomping the whole time. My go-to shoes for the Treadmill are my Brooks Green Silence HERE. They are light weight, breathable and most importantly as the name says SILENT.
5- Wear the right gear. At home I will keep it simple with a pair of midlength spandex shorts and a compression tank top. No extra layers to make me heat up. Target has some great gear for a low cost.
6- Hit STOP when you need to. If you read my DailyMile post from the other night I was parenting from the Treadmill. The Little Studs were in the bath nearby so I hopped off to get LS#2 dressed and to wash LS#1's hair. It is OK to hit STOP and take care of things, just remember to get back on. (Are we friends on DailyMile?? If not come friend me HERE)
7- Play with the speed and incline. There are some fancy programs on treadmills, I need to read the manual to learn all about what the machine can do. What I do know is that I can play with the speed and incline throughout my workout. Slower with more incline. Warm-up then do intervals. Shorts bursts of speed. A steady training run at goal pace. The options are up to you. I like to do most of my speedwork on the roads, but the Treadmill is a GREAT tool when you want to test your limits.
8- Imagine you are somewhere else. Running on the treadmill is really mental for me. I know how easy it would be to stop, give up, quit....but I also know how good it feels to push through. Watching a TV show or movie helps me to go somewhere else.
9- Have a Goal before the run and stick to it. Whether it is to run for "X" amount of minutes or at "X" pace, fight through and meet that goal.
10- Just do it!!! Dust off your treadmill and RUN.. This time of year it gets dark early, it is cold and wet, in most places.. Get your run done!!
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