|This is probably the 3rd time I've used this meme. Mother Nature, please don't make me use it again!|
|In case you missed it, my -2F, -20 WC 10 miler that I ran on Sunday, in order to avoid running it on the treadmill. Still waiting for North Face to call me to thank me for promoting this awesome Thermoball jacket. I didn't feel the cold.|
|I am sad about not running the Sarasota Half but I will not miss these "heat training runs". Ugh.|
Since this is a running blog, and I'm amongst friends here, I think it's ok to complain about my treadmill. Just because I do it doesn't mean it makes me happy. But I do have some suggestions about how I survive running on the treadmill.
1. Listen to music. I wear my spibelt, tuck my phone in, just like I do on the road, and crank the tunes. Music makes me run. Music makes me sing! Running makes me happy. So I say, sing out loud too. Seriously. Sharing my playlist because I've added a of new tunes and let's just say they've given me wind beneath my wings. Disclaimer: don't judge me on these songs. They get me moving. And that's all that counts.
2. Visualize yourself running outside. See #1 above. What's really interesting about music is that it has been shown to provoke memories. So when I hear songs that have propelled me to a great run or across a finish line, I can relive those same feelings on the mill. I just have to lose myself in the music. Mind over matter. Music does it for me.
3. Do intervals or speedwork. There is nothing better to help a runner pass the time than running fast for a set period of time, taking a break, and doing it again. Counting down the miles, the minutes, however you do it, really really helps. Trust me on this.
4. Dress lightly and have a fan blowing on you. Make it easy on yourself! And drink water. Or Nuun. When I was doing my heat training, I wore heavy clothes and did not use the fan. That sucked. But I did allow myself to hydrate.
5. Mind over matter. Tell yourself you can do this. Again. And again. We say this for so many things, but treadmill running is so boring, that you need to tell yourself that this is going to make you mentally tough. I will say that 1 hour is my limit. Anything longer than that, I have to take it outside. I did do an 11 miler on the mill once, when I was training for a January half marathon. Guess where I took my next long run. Yep. Outside. Guess I'm not tough enough.
I'm linking up with MCM mama runs, My No-Guilt Life, and Run the Great Wide Somewhere for Tuesdays on the run! Be sure to head over and check out what everyone else has to say about running on the treadmill!!!