I love running outside. My favorite time of the year to run is in the spring and fall as it is the perfect temperature. I can run at normal hours and enjoy the brisk air. I have a rail trail a short drive away that I call my own. Everyone else on the trail is running with me that day as I know that trail like the back of my hand. It is my trail and I am always sad when December hits and the trail is no longer clear of snow.
Unfortunately, the Boston Marathon is in April which means, I am going to have an entire marathon training season during the winter. I don't hurry to run inside as soon as the temperature drops below 30, but I am also not afraid to put in a long run on the treadmill. Due to the downed trees and power lines in my town, I do not feel safe running around my town yet, so training this week has been on my treadmill.
Yesterday I had a 9 mile General Aerobic run and today was a 14 mile Medium Long run. After driving my normal 9 mile route yesterday and realizing the roads were blocked, I headed to the treadmill.
We didn't purchase a treadmill until this past spring. We had gym memberships so you could find me at the gym early every morning. After our schedules got crazy this past year, we knew a gym membership was no longer worth our money. We hesitated from buying a treadmill in the past as my husband is a big researcher and had in mind that he wanted to buy the best consumer treadmill. My husband is 6'7", so not only did we need a treadmill that could keep up with our intense training, but we also needed one that his stride wasn't longer than. He knew he wanted to buy a Landice treadmill, but we knew we couldn't afford one right away so we waited and saved. We finally purchased a Landice L7 Pro Sport and are so glad we waited.
Since purchasing our treadmill, I have run several hundred miles on it. I have done speed work outs and long runs up to 17 miles. This treadmill is a beast and I am so glad that we finally jumped in and purchased it. I am also thankful we waited and purchased a quality treadmill.
So now that you know about my treadmill, here are a few tips for treadmill running:
1) I set up a motivation wall in front of my treadmill. I hate staring at a wall, but I love looking at old race bibs and just thinking. I also have a Boston Marathon poster up there that is a constant reminder of my end goal.
3) Bring lots of water and gels if needed. I have been known to bring an entire bag of fuel with me to the gym for my 18-20 mile runs. People look at me like I am crazy, but it saves you from running to refill.
4) For longer runs, go at odd hours at the gym so that you aren't hogging a treadmill. 60 minutes is usually the time limit, so go at off-peak times to get your entire run in.
5) Bring a towel! I can leave an entire puddle of sweat around me. It is easier to dry off before the sweat hits the ground. Turning on a fan helps with this problem.
6) Don't think about how far you have to go. This is a mental trick I use both on the treadmill and outside. I run each mile as if it is the only mile I am running. I don't think of how much I have left to go. When I think I have 10 miles left, I convince myself to stop, but if you are thinking mile by mile, you won't necessarily be as quick to give up.
Do you have any tips for treadmill running that I can take from you?