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/ (
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.