I’ve talked about this before — treadmill running is not always my favorite thing.
But I have goals and times to achieve and I am not going to reach them by not running. So I’ve come up with a few ways to make treadmill running less painful and boring.
SET A GOAL
I don’t care if it’s one mile or one hour, having an end goal makes my time of the treadmill more bearable. The number one thing that puts a spring in my step and gets me on the treadmill is knowing I have a race on the calendar.
I know this one is kind of the opposite of motivating you to run on a treadmill, but let’s be real — logging miles day in and day out on a treadmill can get tiring. If you’re able, get outside and enjoy the fresh air every now and then. Your treadmill will still be there waiting when you get done.
I’m thankful to have a treadmill in my garage. My runs almost always happen at night, after work and in the dark. Since I’m a pretty frugal person (and we live out in the country in the middle of nowhere) a gym membership just doesn’t make sense. Without the treadmill, I basically wouldn’t be able to run in the winter except on weekends. So it definitely has its advantages.
AND it’s not always bad. Some of my best runs have been on a treadmill. Crank a killer playlist or watch your favorite show and get to running! YOU have to be the one to make it enjoyable. If you hop on the treadmill with negative thoughts then, of course, it is going to affect your run.
Rant over? HaHa. But seriously, run where you can, when you can. Make it fun and get in those miles.
Happy hump day!