Here we are in a brand new year and we have one last monthly workout for runners round up to share. In case you missed them, every month 6 of us running bloggers have been sharing workouts for runners with a different theme every month. Turns out 2016 kind of got away from us, so today we’re sharing our last round up post of treadmill workouts.
Never fear, though, we have a new, revamped monthly feature planned for 2017…still focused on runners, but incorporating lots of great coaching advice as well as workouts.
Want to catch up on the monthly workouts? Check out the archives here.
By the time the end of the year rolls around, a lot of us are forced indoors by bad weather. I know I’m not alone in thinking, ‘Treadmill workout? UGH…’ so for this month’s treadmill workout topic, I decided to share an awesome way to make the miles fly by on the treadmill. I use this workout to trick myself into a little extra distance and I’ve also shared it with clients who are trying to get over their hatred of indoor running.
The key to making a treadmill workout bearable is FUN. And while I don’t run with music outside until I’m running more than 15 miles in a workout, it’s almost impossible for me to run on the treadmill without it. Here is my simple, fun, foolproof treadmill workout:
Decide on the length of time for your run, then make a playlist of some of your favorite running music for the same length of time (don’t forget to include warm up and cooldown songs). Once you’ve warmed up for about 10 minutes, you use the music to run fartlek intervals.
Run at your moderate, conversation pace during each song and speed up to an interval pace for the chorus of each song. Cool down for about 10 minutes at your conversation pace at the end of the run.
That’s it! A simple, fun way to male the time go by on your treadmill run without checking the countdown on your display.
Ready for the other workouts this month?
On Happy Fit Mama, Angela incorporates hills and ladders into her treadmill workout – just when you think you’re worn out by hills, along come your marathon and half marathon pace to test you:
What I love about Nellie from Brooklyn Active Mama’s treadmill workout is that it works for a beginner since it incorporates some walking intervals, but easily becomes a challenging workout for an experienced runner – the key is adjusting the pace to push yourself:
Allie is playing with turnover speed in her incline treadmill workout – it’s always good to have a specific focus for a treadmill run, especially when you’re climbing hills like in this workout on Vita Train for Life:
Over at Run Far Girl, Sarah has a wicked pyramid hill workout for you – by the time you get past the halfway point of this workout, a 6% incline is going to feel like running downhill:
Laura at This Runner’s Recipes is sharing a one hour fartlek run, playing with intervals on a nice long flat:
Treadmill running – love it or hate it?
Have you been driven indoors yet for your running this winter?
What’s your favorite treadmill workout?