Taking the Dread Out of Dreadmill!

Image of a pair of legs running on a treadmill
Published 30th December 2018
Category Running Tips

Love it or loathe it, the dear old treadmill does have its uses. It can help with rehabilitation if you need to fit a quick run in or if the weather outside is not really suitable for a run. The one thing that we, as runners, know the “Dreadmill” can be boring, it’s not like running in the big wide world!

The way both Gayle and I both cope with running on a treadmill is to make use of our iPads and watch something like a movie on Amazon Video. By taking your mind off the run, you are taking your eyes off that display on your machine that seems to click up the miles/kilometres very slowly!

If your treadmill doesn’t have a dedicated rest for your tablet, then you can do as we have, use a music stand. These are relatively cheap from good music shops and make a really good tablet stand.

If you are not into movies, then when not try something like Zwift. This is an app that you download to your tablet and along with a pod that you buy and attach to your running shoes, you can run against other people who will appear on your tablet screen. I have not used this myself, but I’ve heard some quite good things about it. You can see more information at https://zwift.com/en/run/ (non affiliated link).

Instead of setting the treadmill to one speed and running your entire session at that speed, why not do a Fartlek session on the treadmill to mix things up a bit? You can speed-up and slow-down the treadmill at random intervals, this will make your dreadmill session that little more bearable!

Why not try running to a specific heart rate zone? Trying to keep your heart rate in a specific zone adds a challenge dimension to your session. All you will need for this is a heart rate monitor non-affiliated. For more information, please visit https://www.wareable.com/running/how-to-use-garmin-polar-calculate-hrm-max-heart-rate-training. (non-affiliated link)

If you have any other recommendations, please share them in the comments section below. I would love to hear about what gets you through a dreadmill session.


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