How To Stay Sane On The Treadmill
I am intimately familiar with the treadmill. I’ve probably completed 65% of my runs on this device. I’m not a winter runner (although I run outside in the winter once in a while) and I’m definitely not a summer runner (anything over 70 degrees is a strong NO). So I’ve spent more time hamster wheeling it that I’d like to admit.
The treadmill can be boring. Crazy boring. Spend enough time on there and you can start to feel as if you are losing your mind! I have run 10 miles plus on multiple marathon training occasions. When you are training for a big race and the weather is not cooperating AT ALL you have to find ways to get comfortable running indoors, quick!
Here are some of the things I do to make sure I stay sane throughout my treadmill workouts:
- Charge up that tablet: I love to Netflix during runs. It is the easiest way to catch up on shows and a fantastic distraction. Some people use their phone but I love to use my tablet because the screen is bigger and it feels more like a TV!
- Bring snacks: A Huge mistake I made when doing long runs on the treadmill was forgetting to bring fuel. I’d remember when I trained outside but would always forget indoors. Having fuel in the middle of a long run helps to keep your energy up tremendously!
- People watch: now this may seem really creepy but see what other people are doing at the gym. Are they doing something different? Nothing at all? You might even learn a thing or two.
- Stretch: take both of your feet and put them on the non moving sides of the treadmill every hour. It’s a great way to reset, assess how you are feeling and stretch if you need to.
Lucky for you it’s also time for our monthly runner workout series “Run IT” with a few of my favorite running blogger buddies. Check out THEIR tips for staying sane on the treadmill — they are really great!!
Laura @ This Runner’s Recipes
Angela @ Happy Fit Mama
Sarah @ Run Far Girl