Passing the time on the Dreadmill

Passing the time on the Dreadmill

I’ve just finished my first full week of getting back on my fitness track, so I thought I’d give you a little training update! I went to the gym 6 of 7 days this week, and completed 3 training runs. I alternate with cross training using a combination of 30 minutes of cardio (bike, elliptical, etc.) and weight training.

I’m not back up to my full running capabilities, so I am not running the entire distance. I’m still covering the miles though! For my short runs, I walked 10 minutes, ran intervals (15sec running/30sec walking) 10 minutes, and walked 10 more minutes. I set the treadmill on a bit of an incline and 4mph to give myself a bit of a challenge during the walking portions. For my “long” run, I did the same ratio of walking 1/3, run/walking 1/3, and walking 1/3. It was harder than it used to be, but it felt good. Next week, I plan on increasing the ratio to 1/2 and 1/2.

As some of you may know, I hate the treadmill. Unfortunately, because of the hot weather and allergy season, it has kind of been a necessity for me. I have figured out a couple of ways to pass the time, and thought I would share them with you.

1. Podcasts: Find a subject you enjoy, and search for podcasts. My favorites involve running, Disney, and pop culture.
2. Audiobooks: Find books you like to read, or people you like to listen to. I like to find audiobooks written by funny people. They are usually read by the author, which makes them even funnier. I usually try to find good deals on Audible, but I have also gotten them from my local library.
3. YouTube videos: This is my current favorite. If you are lucky enough to have wifi where your treadmill is, you can watch them either on a device, or on the treadmill itself. I am lucky enough to have internet on the treadmill at my gym. Right now, I am enjoying Disney vlogs. People film their Disney trips, so it is kind of like you are experiencing it with them. That definitely passes the time!

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If you do have a love/hate relationship with your treadmill, like I do, I hope some of these tips are helpful! I’ve got a long way to go in my training, but I feel like I’m off to a good start.

NOTE: I am late posting this, so I am actually on week three of my modified training plan. I am running 2/3 of the time or distance. So far, so good! I will keep you posted!

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