The first snowfall always sucks. Even though we know it’s inevitable, it seems to sneak up every year. And each time it happens, my motivation to run outdoors pretty much disappears. Despite a dresser full of excellent winter running gear, I can’t seem to force myself out the door. The sidewalks are icy. I’m klutzy. The cold hurts my ears and face. The wind makes my eyes water. With no race on the horizon, it seems to be pretty unlikely that I’ll get out there any time soon.
That said, I’ve really been embracing my old friend: the treadmill. Even with the monotony, the treadmill doesn’t seem so bad, when faced with the chilly darkness of the great outdoors.
To make these runs a little more bearable, I’ve discovered a few interesting workouts that are actually kind of fun. Next time, you’re hopping on the treadmill, give one of these a try.
On this run, I like to pick a show (either half hour or hour) and watch it while running. I run at a long, slow distance pace throughout the show so I can watch it and concentrate. As soon as a commercial comes on, I sprint. I run as fast as I can maintain for the entire commercial break, slowing back to the long, slow distance pace once the show resumes. I love this workout because I get to watch a cool show, the commercial breaks fly and the time seems to go by in a flash. Depending on the pace, I can run anywhere from 5-10K on a run like this.
The Freight Train
This run is all about gaining momentum. I set the treadmill at very casual pace. Every kilometre, I increase it slightly. I do this till I can run no more. Then I go home and eat. It’s fun and challenging. I usually only make it about 6K.
Similar to the Multitasker, this is a fun workout that tests your stamina and speed. I warm up for about 5 minutes, then set the treadmill to race pace. I run this pace for 1K. Then I ramp up the speed and run fast for another kilometre. The goal is to be completely breathless by the end of that 1K. I drop back down to race pace and continue this pattern until I’m bored or tired. Good times.
Do you have any treadmill workouts that you like? How do you avoid boredom on the dread-mill?
*Disclaimer: I totally made these workouts up. I have no idea if they are good from a cardio or fat burning perspective. I just think they are fun and they keep me entertained while running indoors. Try at your own risk. Results definitely not guaranteed!