Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Treadmill Love ( or Hate )...

Sunday was a complete rest day for me especially after my long run on Saturday and then having a low grade fever and awful cough!  Plus having to work a 12 hour midnight shift also. 

Monday after a much needed post work nap and NyQuil I decided to do a little run and see how I felt.  Well,  I warmed up for 20 minutes 2.5 miles and felt pretty darn good so I decided to do my speedwork...5 x 1 mile repeats that went like this 6:58, 6:53, 6:44, 6:40, 6:40 then 2 mile cool down.  I surprised myself on this run and was glad to have fit in in this week.  I go through spurts where I could do every single run on the treadmill and LOVE this machine..then there are some times that I think it would kill me to do a single mile on the mill.  Right now I am in my LOVE phase so all is good but when I am not I have to trick my mind on the mill and here are some of my mind games:

1.  Speedwork:  Like I mentioned above I did mile repeats but you can do repeats of any distance or time.  I am following a marathon training plan and one of my weekly runs is always for speed.  For me the treadmill is the best way to do my speedwork...and the Y TM actually as a "speed interval" program where you can set your jog speed (RI) and you run speed all with a push of a button!  Love this!  If you are new to speedwork start with shorter intervals and increase as you get more comfortable.  Here is a link to some ideas of intervals. 

2.  Hills:  I like to do different hills intervals also when the boredom sets in.  The change in elevation keeps things interesting and challenging.  One thing about Delaware and my routes I run there really are not many significant hills and with Boston right around the corner hills and declines are very important right now.  Once again the Y TM also has some pretty awesome hill programs.

3.  Progression Run:  One of my favorite TM workouts is a progression run.  The goal is to try to run each mile faster then the last and end with a pretty swift pace.  This has really help me in the final miles of my races and has trained my legs to push when they are tired.  Plus it makes the run go by faster!

4:  Match minute for minute:   This type of run I will run either for speed or for hills...I will jog at a comfortable pace for 3 minutes then increase either my speed or incline for 3 minutes then return to jog pace or flat road.  I vary the time each interval 1:1, 2:2, 3:3 and so on. 

5. Song Game:  I also like to put my play list on shuffle and then when my fast pace or working songs come on I push the pace for the entire song or do a hill climb. 

So these are just a few things that help me change up the monotony of the mill!

Today was a cross training day so I took Amy's Spin class and it was ALL work NO fluff!  I was dripping with sweat when I was done and felt great to use different muscles.  I did 25 miles in the 60 minute class.  I also did my kettlebell work:

Squats with 40# KB
Lunges with 15# KB
Deadlifts with 40# KB
Hamstring Curls on Swiss ball
4 x 10 reps each

All finished and ready to refuel with my Premier Protein...Which there are coupons for in this weeks ads!!!
Then this beauty!  Spinach, Chicken, Almonds, Cranberries, Apples, Gorgonzola, and Apple Cider Vinaigrette!!

Did you love or hate the TM? 

What tricks help you on the TM?


  1. I would write my treadmill love notes, if it could read. With the weather so cold, it keeps me moving.
    I agree about variety in speed, duration and incline to keep the run interesting and challenging. Also a good playlist.

  2. I have such a hard time in the cold anymore...even after starting my run. So...the treadmill is my "friend" during those cold times. But I am very much looking forward to getting outside when the weather breaks!