Let’s face it, if you live in an area like St. Louis, you get to experience the seasons. All 4 of them. You take the good with the bad, the hot with the cold but January and February can be especially trying for endurance runners. The days of waking up with the sun, through on a shirt and shorts and heading out are all but gone at this point. It was 7 degrees here yesterday. SEVEN!
I will run out in almost any temperature but single digits is where I cross the line. By February of last year, I was so fed up, I was will to run in any condition.
In light of all the challenges facing us runners in the winter, you’ve probably resigned yourself (like I have) to the fact that there is only one way to make it through the winter and maintain any amount of athletic ability..the treadmill or dreadmill as it’s lovingly referred to. I thought this would be a good time to talk about ways we can learn to love the treadmill.
1. Start Small – Learning to appreciate the treadmill can be tough especially when you’re use to heading outdoors but just as with any new workout, jumping right into it can be tough. So start small, do a couple shorter runs and embrace your accomplishments. Any treadmill run is a good run.
2. Get Creative – Did you know you can do more than run on a treadmill? Use it for other aspects of your workout. Be very careful but try walking lunges on it.
3. Don’t fight it – Just realize that the treadmill is there to help you keep on track. It might not be your first choice but it’s an option and a good one at that.
4. Distract yourself – Let’s be honest, not every run is spectacular so find a distraction. Whether it’s a favorite podcast, movie or new music those tools can be super useful to making it through long runs on your trusty treadmill.
5. Change it up – Between speed and slope, you can really get a challenging run in. Try a treadmill workout. I have some posted on my running page but you can also check out some of these workouts from my favorite fit friends!
- Debbie – Live from La Qunita
- Madeline – Food, Fitness and Family
- Katie – Getting My Healthy On
- Ashley – A Lady Goes West
- Ashley – A Healthier, Happier Bear
- Courtney – Sweet Tooth Sweet Life
- Laura – Mommy Run Fast
- Alysia – SlimSanity
- Lauren – Breathe Deeply and Smile
How have you learned to embrace the treadmill?