Last weekend was my first weekend at home in a few weeks, and I was looking forward to an 8 mile run on a familiar running route. Unfortunately, the weather did not cooperate. While we were willing to run in light rain, neither of us wanted to run in a heavy downpour. We each checked various weather apps and traded text messages for about 1/2 hour until we admitted defeat. We canceled our plans and I decided to get my 8 miles in on a treadmill.
It wasn’t an easy decision, but every time I thought the rain was letting up another downpour came through. And then there was thunder. So, how did I manage to run 8 miles on a treadmill?
1. Fill up a large water bottle. Even with a fan pointed at me, I seem to sweat more on the treadmill. And with easy access to my water bottle in the cup holder, I definitely drink more. So, I filled up a large water bottle to get me through my run.
2. Pick a workout program with some variety. The biggest challenge with doing a long run on the treadmill is fighting boredom. One way to combat this is to select a workout program with built-in variety. I chose the “Sport Training” program on my treadmill, which varies the incline in different patterns throughout the workout. Choosing a program like this helps me restrain myself from doing too many speed intervals, although I did play with the speed a bit for even more variety.
3. Have a solid line-up of entertaining shows on your DVR. I haven’t been on my treadmill in ages, so I was way behind on Devious Maids! Two episodes took me through my warm-up, run, cool-down and stretching.
When you finish, celebrate your accomplishment with a hot shower and big pot of coffee!
Do you resort to the treadmill in bad weather?
What’s the longest distance you’ve run on a treadmill?