Although I haven’t mentioned my training plan in the last couple of weeks, I’m still completely on board with it. I can’t believe that I’ve actually reached the last stretch of the plan. I always knew I could achieve the distance physically if I trained for it. The bigger obstacle for me was mental: how would I run over 90 minutes on a treadmill without losing my mind?!
I’m not sure whether it’s due to the motivation from successfully completing my past 5 long runs, the reward of buying a new pair of jeans once I achieve my goal, or because I’ve finally found ways to squash the monotony of running forward yet moving nowhere. Whatever it is, I am pumped to crank out those 10 miles on Monday morning, and hopefully I will walk out that gym a sane person.
If the idea of running on a
dreadmill treadmill fills you with dread, here are some tips that may help overcome the boredom:
- Load up your iPod with podcasts/audiobooks: Between Jillian Michaels and Tina Fey, listening to podcasts/audiobooks during my long runs make me feel like I’m running with a friend. And the best part is, I am entertained yet don’t have to speak back.
- Aim for intensity instead of time: On those days where I really cannot fathom the idea of being on the treadmill for more than 20-30 minutes, I don’t…but I make sure every minute counts. Put your big girl panties on, run fast, run hard, and you can cry about how exhausting it feels once it is over.
- Cover up the screen with a towel: Seeing the numbers increase actually motivate me to continue. However I know clock-watching can also have the opposite effect on some, and so if you are one of them, nip it in the bud: the more you look at the clock, the slower time will pass so don’t torture yourself unnecessarily…just don’t!
- Opt for a pyramid interval workout: Time flies with any interval workout because you need to pay so much attention to your interval times. The idea behind these runs is that you’re going up and down a ‘pyramid’: slower speeds are run for longer periods of time whereas harder, faster speeds are run in short bursts. Check out my personal favorite pyramid workout.
- Try something new: If running is usually your thing, switch things up by lowering the speed and amping up the incline. Walking may seem ‘too easy a workout’ but let’s talk once the incline is hiked up to 15%.
- “Ralking“: Running + walking. In terms of increasing my overall speed and distance, this has been my saviour.
- Don’t do it: Just because others enjoy the treadmill doesn’t mean you will to. Opting for the cross-trainer/cycle or swimming will also get your heart rate up.
How do you beat the treadmill blues?