Treadmill Training

I am especially bad at following training plans. I’ve lost count how many have fallen by the wayside. Life just gets in the way sometimes, and when my work hours and unpredictable, or there’s an FTX involved, or I had a paper due for my master’s degree, getting in all the miles unfortunately just wouldn’t happen sometimes.

With that in mind, although I’ve run several full marathons, an ultra-marathon, and completed both the Glass Slipper Challenge and Pixie Dust Challenge, two multi-day races, running four races on four days is going to be very different. I respect the distance and I respect Florida’s heat, but I also respect my previous failures so I am going to use Jeff Galloway’s plan to “Finish in an Upright Position.”

Since I registered a little late, I’m jumping into the plan at Week 10/11. It’s three days a week with a long run on the weekends. I think I can do it.

The other part is what I have to run on. This is my “track.”

It also doubles as the HLZ. It's about 200 meters around, half the size of a normal track.

It also doubles as the HLZ. It’s about 200 meters around, half the size of a normal track.

As a result, I’m using the dreadmill most of the time. There are a few keys I’ve figured out to keeping me happy on it:

  1. Random/hill setting – makes sure that I am still getting the benefit of running on uneven ground and hills.
  2. Intervals during the run – I’ll pick up the pace for a minute or two, either based on a song I’m listening to or the clock on the treadmill. It really helps to break a workout down into smaller, more manageable chunks.
  3. Headphones – seriously necessary.
  4. TV – I am fortunate that this gym has TVs in front of its wall of cardio machines. I pick something that looks interesting (usually sports because it’s active, unlike whatever movie is probably playing) and pick a machine near it.
  5. I cover up the menu with a towel. Otherwise I obsess over the distance and it goes by so much slower because of that.

One thought on “Treadmill Training

  1. RunMomMe says:

    Whoever thought to put tvs on the gym is genius except when they play cooking shows! Running where you can is key though. I trained all summer on treadmills. My alternative is either 100 degree heat or the street in my neighborhood is the size of a track and laps would be easy but I find it torture to run in circles! Good luck overcoming the dreadmill!


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