Hello friends, I’m back!! I’m finally done with my school finals. I only have my capstone presentation left for next week, and I’ll be officially done with school. This last semester of school was crazy, so I can’t wait to be back at my posting schedule. In the mean time, I brought you this post which hopefully can be helpful for some of you.
Treadmill runs are boring. I get it. Nothing can be compared to running outdoor in the magical trails. However, sometimes running in the treadmill is the only option to squeeze in a run. Maybe because is too late to be out by yourself in the streets, or because is too hot or even too cold.
I spent the last summer doing my long runs on a treadmill. For those of you who have never been in Miami during summer time, I can tell you that it kinda feels like hell. Yup. The hot weather and high humidity will make every mile 10 times more painful. So as “treadmill season” is approaching, I thought on sharing my best tips on how to make your treadmill runs less boring.
BEAT THE MENTAL CHALLENGE.
Running on a treadmill for who knows how much time can be mentally challenging. Being surrounded by walls is what makes a treadmill run harder for me. The best advice I have for overcoming this (or any other kind of mental challenge you might have) is to just not think about it. Think about your treadmill run as a task you need to accomplish and that’s it. Forget about anything that might bother you and calmly focus on your goal. I know this may sound way too basic, but it is what basically helps me get them done.
SEE THE BRIGHT SIDE.
As everything in life, running indoors has also pros. Whenever I run on a treadmill I’m most likely protecting my skin from the sun. Some other times, I’m keeping myself safe by not being out there in early or late hours of the day. So I’ll make sure to see all of the positive aspects of running on the treadmill in order for me to embrace it a little bit more.
GET SOME ENTERTAINMENT.
This is not new. Treadmill runs are the perfect chance to listen to podcast or albums that I don’t normally have the time to listen. Before your run, plan for your entertainment. Make sure your podcasts are long enough, and save some of your favorite songs for the toughest part of your run.
MAKE IT A TIME FOR YOURSELF.
Whenever I’m out there running, I tend to be distracted by what’s going on in my surroundings. However, during treadmill runs the conditions are given for me to think about stuff I need to think. The fact that I’m running statically at one place is what makes me focus more on my thoughts. So if I have something going on in my life, I’ll most likely make my treadmill run a time to analyze it. This helps me to make important life decisions or relieve my emotions if I feel like I need to. Sometimes, I’m not even paying attention to the music/podcast because my mind is doing it’s own thing. And when I’m done, I’ll most likely have the answer to my problems.
TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE THINGS YOU CAN CONTROL.
Treadmills are a place where you have the control. When I mean control, I mean posture, speed, and incline. Pay attention to your posture. Run at the speed you should be actually running. Run faster or slower if you want. Play up with the incline. It only takes pressing a few buttons and will certainly make the process less boring.
Another thing that you can control during treadmill runs is your hydration and fueling. Probably the right thing to do is to get used to the hydration/fueling methods that you’d be able to carry on a race. However, if having your favorite water bottle (the one that keeps the ice for more than 24hours or the one with the bright pretty colors) will give you extra motivation to get your treadmill run done, then use it!
I wish these tips are helpful for your next treadmill run, and hope you guys are having a wonderful weekend.
Do you like running on a treadmill?
What are your tips to make treadmill runs more fun?