6'0 Tall wife to Muscle Man, mother of 3, full time career woman, with an addiction to running wherever her size 10's will take her.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Treadmill Tips and a GIVEAWAY

It is no secret that I am NOT a Treadmill fan. I prefer to run outside whenever possible. BUT Muscle Man and I purchased a Treadmill (aka dreamill) last year and it has been a nice tool to have. It has taken me a bit of time to find ways to make my Treadmill runs more comfortable, or at minimum tolerable. I will never be EMZ and run 100 miles on the Hamsterwheel, but I have a few tips to get through a run at home, I don't run at the gym but I am sure most of these tips could carey over.

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!!

Like these tips?? I know where you can find a book with tips like these and much much more. Including quotes and advise from professional runners.

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****Thanks to the awesome author Chris Cooper you have a chance to WIN!!


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1- Autographed copy of "Long May You Run"


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1- Like Chris on his Facebook page HERE, optional- leave a comment for Chris while you are there, ask him a running question, etc.. up to you. Leave a comment here to get an entry.

2- Read his Blog HERE, come back and leave me a comment about something you read.

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53 comments:

Michelle said...

I won a pink treadmill a couple of years ago and I LOVE it when necessary. I do find that I am much quicker to hit stop than if I was outside, so I'm always trying to find ways to motivate myself to keep on trucking! Thanks for all the tips.

sandi said...

In a running book I like to read motivational stories and tips on how to prevent injuries. It sounds like a great book.
Sandi

Canuck Mom said...

I liked the book on FB. As for something I read on Chris's blog......anxiety may be good for a runner. Thank goodness I read this because I am known to be anxious before a race sometimes. As for something I enjoy reading in a running book, my favorite things to read are posts on avoiding injury/eating right/and good training ideas.

Wym said...

Great post! Im on the mill most of the time and don't mind it. I have a few extra insights so I may have to do a similar post. The hamster wheel is turning!

Christina @ Just Running said...

I learned from the blog that there is an indoor marathon near where I live.

robinbb said...

I never thought about wearing my lighter shoes on the treadmill. I have a pair of green silence shoes, but I just wear them for casual wear but now I am thinking of trying them on my treadmill.

I find the treadmill a necessity as a parent. This morning, my run was terrible out on the road and I knew I had to be home before my husband left for work. I ran home and finished my run on the treadmill. I did 8 on the road and 7 on the treadmill and the treadmill seemed much easier than the road today, less stressful!

Christina @ Just Running said...

Right now I would like to read about recovery because I overdid it during my recovery period this season.

Shelby said...

I liked Tall Mom of FB! :)

XLMIC said...

Awesome TM tips, Mel. Some days I wish I had one, but like you, I prefer running outside. It's hard ...well, impossible... when the kids are all home though. A TM would come in handy sometimes!

~K~ said...

i like chris's page on fb [username karen r m] runner_girl5k at yahoo dot com

~K~ said...

i like Tall Mom on fb [username karen r m] runner_girl5k at yahoo dot com

~K~ said...

i like to read about the author's experiences with racing and running. Love books by Dean Karnazes b/c he tells of his running adventures! runner_girl5k at yahoo dot com

Rene' said...

I liked Chris on FB.

Rene' said...

I read about the indoor marathons. It is funny we have an indoor half in the next town over from me in January. I have thought about doing it, but the idea of running in circles for 2 hours kind of stresses me out. hmmm.....maybe the anxiety would be good for me.

Rene' said...

I already like you on FB and follow your blog:)

Rene' said...

hmmm....read in a running book. I love reading about different training plans. I always follow Hal Higdon, but love looking for new plans that I can incorporate.

DEM said...

I already like "Long May you Run on FB"!

DEM said...

I already like you on FB!

DEM said...

what i learned from his site is that it is possible to a. run an indoor marathon and b. very excited about indoor marathons (211 laps? no thank you!)

DEM said...

in a running book, I would love to hear about training methodology and daily nutrition.

engineergirl said...

I already like Tall Mom on FB!

Run with Jess said...

I don't mind the treadmill... although I much prefer outside, even in the snow. But with little ones, that's not always possible, as you know.

I like Tall Mom on FB.

Run with Jess said...

I like Long May You Run on FB.
I've been wanting that book...

Run with Jess said...

In running books, I like to read about training plans and how they differ results. I also like general knowledge about muscles and nutrition.

Run with Jess said...

His 12 Days of Christmas is hilarious on his blog!

Ironmom (Julie) said...

Thanks for the giveaway! I'm a fan of yours on Facebook.

Ironmom (Julie) said...

I would love to see a book that addresses barefoot running.

Ironmom (Julie) said...

And I loved his "12 Days of Christmas" parody. Five in-jur-ies!

runningtrek said...

I like Long May You Run on FB

runningtrek said...

I read about indoor marathons (which I didn't know existed) on his blog.

runningtrek said...

I'm still a running newb and have a lot to learn so anything running related is good for me.

runaroundaroo said...

I liked Chris on FB.

runaroundaroo said...

I liked you on FB.

runaroundaroo said...

I like reading stories - real, average people stories. I also love the set up of the Runner's Rule Book - super informative and hilarious all at once!

Marissa said...

Oh my goodness, our neighbor just bought a really cool treadmill and I, like you totally prefer outdoor running ALL of the time, but it did make me think...a treadmill would be GREAT on those off days, bad weather, etc! Hmm, what treadmill did you purchase?

Kiley said...

what I want to read in a running book is stuff to INSPIRE me. It's so fun to read about other runners or how to train & get motivated & inspired by it.

Trish said...

I like Chris on FB!

Trish said...

His blog is pretty cool! I learned about two indoor marathons in Wisconsin. (not that a marathon is in my immediate future, but good to know ;)

Trish said...

Sounds silly, but one of the things I like to read in running books is about the struggles. I like to know that these super awesome athletes were once where I am!

Trish said...

I like you on FB!

Jennifer said...

I liked Chris of FB and asked him a question. jenw435@gmail.com

Jennifer said...

He has a funny post on his blog titled A Runner's 12 Days of Christmas

Jennifer said...

I would love to learn more about barefoot running and people that have done it successfully.

Jennifer said...

I liked your Facebook page.

benki said...

I also do lots of treadmill running. Sadly my apt is not quite big enough to angle it in front of the tv.
In a running book, just looking for inspiration to keep running. It's a mental battle for me!

Miriam said...

I like your facebook page.

Miriam said...
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Miriam said...

I like Chris' facebook page

Miriam said...

I would actually really love to learn more about strength training for running in a running book.

The Boohers said...

I like Chris on FB!

The Boohers said...

I like you on FB!

The Boohers said...

Chris talks about pedestrian safety on his blog, which I am constantly worried about since moving to AL. This is not a pedestrian-friendly state, and I try to be very vigilant about not getting in the way of cars. But the longer my run, the harder it is to stay mentally focused on traffic.

The Boohers said...

I loved Born to Run because of all of the inspirational stories about amazing runners. Can't get enough of those stories that inspire!