I’ve been trying so hard to not run on a treadmill while training for this half marathon. But when your town looks like this:
You may have no choice.
After Jonas came and ruined DC (and pop music), I was forced to run my first ever long treadmill run.
It was torture. I’ve never been a fitness watch watcher (although my friends at TomTom did send me a new TomTom Spark + Music watch that I’ve been using…review up soon!) and I know exactly why. It’s because watching your mileage or time tick…tick…tick…is horrible (for me at least). I tried hard to look away but it was like watching a TLC marathon of Say Yes to the Dress…horrible, yet I just couldn’t stop watching.
And so as I ran 8 miles to nowhere, I tried passing the time like anyone does on a treadmill.
I listened to music
I watched Netflix
I finally got around to actually reading the rules of playing Settlers of Catan
I started doing my taxes
I read a classic literary novel
I realized after I was done, I had just read Tequila Mocking Bird (the plot did seem different than what I remembered…)
I learned how to play the ukelele
I made dinner
and before I knew it, I was done!
Ok, so none of that actually happened, but I seriously considered it while I was bored out of my mind. When I came back to my apartment, I started to do some research on how I could make my treadmill experience better.
I found a lot of helpful links like this one how to jazz up a treadmill work out by Women’s health. I tried a few and they really burned! Fair warning: it is super embarrassing if someone walks in on you doing any of these…trust me, I know.
The things I do for this blog.
This article, on the my fitness pal blog, is more focused on a full body plus cardio workout and also helps distract you from the mundane-ness of treadmill workouts by varying up movements, times and distances.
Here are some more fun ways to use the treadmill in non-running ways (start around 52 seconds in).
These exercises don’t replace good old distance running with fresh air, different terrain and changing scenery but if you are stuck inside because of a blizzard, they don’t hurt!
I am appreciative of the great resources on the internet, but needless to say, I was glad when I was finally able to run outside.
Hope those of you who got hit by Jonas recovered (I know, “Play My Music” still haunts my dreams). If you have suggestions on how make a treadmill workout more fun, comment below!