Dreadmill Running…Surviving Winter While Running Indoors

There’s two things on this earth that make me gag, the treadmill and cauliflower. I hate it. Nothing makes my blood boil like a 6 mile death sentence on that god forsaken piece of equipment. Since moving to wonderful New York City, where winter is a real season unlike my hometown of San Diego, I had to figure out how to play nice with the treadmill when the weather isn't cooperating. I am fully aware that I am being dramatic but f*ck the treadmill. I know I am not alone....

This guy hates the treadmill.

So does this guy.

And this girl.

treadmil fall

Probably this guy.

This guy.

treadmill fail

Mike Wazowski definitely hates it.

It’s terrible that dreadmill but there’s no way around it. If the weather outside is frightful, there’s a good chance I can't run outside. And I know what you're thinking, "So don't run..." But running is one of those things that I need. You know that shirt, “I run because punching people is frowned upon?"

punching people is frowned upon

That's actually one of the reasons why I run, it's the perfect way to shake off the day. That and I don’t feel like me when I'm not running regularly.

The only way I can suffer through a run on a treadmill is by doing intervals. I can’t press go and run until the clock runs out because I will watch that clock, pull my hair out, and quit about 15 minutes in. So I need a plan of attack to get the most bang for my buck. There’s no way I am going to sit content running x amount of miles for x amount of time. So I do either interval training or hill repeats on a treadmill. Here are my 3 go to dreadmill workouts:

“Started From the Bottom Now We’re Here” Intervals

This is a pyramid workout - after an easy 5 minute warm up I alternate between 2 minutes of threshold fast sprinting and slow active recovery jogging. I try to go for 45 minutes but often walk in the middle or try to quit at 30 minutes because I hate the treadmill. (If I quit early I get on a bike for 30 minutes.)

“The Hills Are Alive With Treadmill Hate” Hill Intervals

This quick 30 minute high intensity hill interval workout is perfect to get in and get out knowing you got a quality workout. The 2 minute intervals keep the time flying and kicks your butt.

“Get In and Get Out” 2 Minute Interval Session

Your basic two minutes fast and two minutes slow recovery wrokout. Because get in and get out.

So there you have it. I can’t tell you how many articles I’ve read with tips and tricks to not hate the treadmill but as of yet the only thing I have found that works is to stay on the dreadmill for only as long as necessary. Here’s to many more unpleasant dreadmill experiences. Until tomorrow, #RunSelfieRepeat.