Well that was a long, but fun week! Rock was out of town for work and I had the girls to myself. We had some awesomely fun times and also some incredibly frustrating toddler moments. I believe I referred to most days as a rollercoaster this past weekend. There were some highs and some definite lows.
I have actually found that being a mom of two has made me love parenting more than ever. I’m surprisingly more patient than I was in the past. And that is a good thing, because an infant and a toddler present all sorts of “interesting” challenges.
We survived the week and I was able to get in 49 miles too. The week started off super cold, which made very appreciative to have the treadmill. On Friday we were at 52 degrees and I would have loved getting a run in outside, but I have been enjoying my Netflix and watching Lucy swing while I hit the mill. Treadmill workouts have been my jam lately.
January has been really good to me as far as mileage goes, and I attribute some of that to some changes I have made in my eating. I will touch upon that a bit more later this week. But regardless of those changes, I have been loving my running and upping my mileage. I’m considering some fall marathon options and am excited to be representing the Simple Hydration Running Team again this year!
I know a lot of people absolutely despise the treadmill. It can be boring, and let’s be honest, running long distances isn’t exactly exciting to begin with. However, there are a few things you can do to make the mill a bit more exciting, namely by implementing treadmill workouts.
Sometimes I like the treadmill because you can just zone out. This isn’t always easy or wise when you are running outdoors. You really should be constantly aware of your surroundings when you are outside. On the mill, you can blast music or binge watch Netflix and not have to worry too much about what is going on around you. Sometimes this can be a nice change. Please note, this does not mean you have the freedom to be obnoxious at the gym!
I also like to do speed and HIIT \ workouts when I am on the treadmill. Many people don’t realize that the treadmill can actually be a great tool for interval training, especially if you have difficulty finding or holding a goal pace for these workouts. This can also help create a little variety and avoid numbing the brain.
If you find that you are constantly watching the time on the monitor, these might be a great way for you to mix things up a bit. My guess is that you will start to notice that you are so busy following your plan that you forget you are on the treadmill or how long you have been running.
These are also great ways to learn to mentally hold those faster paces. You might hit your hardest pace and fear that you won’t make it, only to find that when the pace switches again, you recover well and really are capable of sustaining faster speeds. This is great mental training for races or doing longer distances.
The Pyramid Run: This is one of my favorite treadmill workouts. Start out with a short warm up at an easy pace. After a few minutes start bumping up the pace every minute until you reach your hard pace. You shouldn’t be running at 100% but should be to a point where it would be difficult to hold a conversation (about 75%). Once you reach this point, hold that pace for one minute and then start bumping it back one minute at a time until you reach your starting pace. Continue this pattern of building and falling back until you have reached your time or distance goal.
The Fall Back Run: This is a great variation of the Pyramid Run. Begin with a short warm up (around 5 minutes). Then start building up as you would for your pyramid run. Once you hit that difficult speed, fall right back to your starting pace. I love this workout for anyone who is new to speed or HIIT workouts. While it can be scary to push yourself at these harder speeds, it can feel less daunting knowing that once you hit that hard pace, you get to start back at the easy level. Once again, continue these build up and fall backs until you reach your time or distance goal.
What are your favorite ways to make the treadmill more exciting?