Thursday, January 23, 2014

Treadmill Tell-All

We are smack in the middle of treadmill season. If there ever was an ideal time for a treadmilling, it is now when the windchill is -20 here at my house. Ouch and no thank you. 

After my own mill session today, I read this article at Marcia's Healthy Slice and thought I'd jump on the bandwagon. If you have a blog, feel free to write your own edition of Treadmill Tell-All... or chime in with your comments below!

My current treadmill setup in my basement

1. What’s your favorite workout to do on a treadmill?  Anything easy! I really can't stand the treadmill; it's a necessary evil in my running journey. So I wouldn't call anything my favorite, but INTERVALS certainly make the time/miles go by quicker. I'm also fond of the progression run.

2. How many miles, on average, do you run on the mill each week?  Hopefully none! I get outdoors as much as possible, regardless of Illinois winter. Both my kids are in school now, so my schedule allows it - unlike the toddler years. Single digits tend to be my cutoff point for cold temp tolerance.

3. What was the most mileage you’ve ever completed on the mill in one workout? When? Why?  I did a 12 miler while training for my third half marathon (2011). When the kids were little, I depended on the treadmill often for my sanity mileage. My husband went through several deployments, so I had no other option sometimes.  Just recently, I did a 10 mile 'mill run. Again, it was nasty winter weather + the Packers game was on. Multi-tasking at its finest!

4. Do you mill at home, the gym or both?  Both for me. While the home treadmill is more convenient, I run better at the gym. I tend to quit on myself or back off the pace while at home. At the gym, there is more distractions (people to watch), less excuses and of course, the feeling that someone is watching. That makes me run stronger.

Treadmill #1 was the place I first
cooked up the notion of running
a half marathon.
5. What distractions or entertainment (if any) do you use to help pass the time?  I'm not a fan of watching tv shows while running. Not sure why, but I just don't like it. Most of the time, I crank the music really loud and watch news or a sporting event at the same time. The music is kind of a treat for me since I rarely run to music any other time. Sometimes as I run to music, I create new rides for my Spinning class... again, multi-tasking.

6. If you have a treadmill at home, what kind is it? How old is it?  In December of 2011, I welcomed treadmill #2 into my home... the ProForm Performance 1450. (My first treadmill lasted roughly 8 years of average use until the repairs got too expensive.)  I wrote a full blog post about my new treadmill here.

7. Do you fuel any differently for a treadmill workout than an outside one? I probably drink more water since it's handy, but normally, I fuel less with GUs.

8. Any treadmill mishaps to report? Nope! Thankfully, I've never fallen or taken any spills.

9. Do you mill at incline to compensate for not being outside?  I only add incline if I'm doing a hill repeat workout. I just don't feel the "easiness" that experts say about treadmills. It already feels harder to me than a flat road. When I run my comfortable pace on the 'mill, it's already slower than my outdoor runs. So I figure why add insult to injury?!  With that being said, I do find that the more treadmill miles I put in, the faster I am once back on the road.

10. Describe your perfect (if there is such an animal) treadmill conditions: I'd love to put my treadmill in a three-seasons porch extended off my dining room. I could enjoy the warmth of sunshine in winter, and be able to watch over my backyard in summer while the kids played.  

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  1. Love this! Joining in after my next TM session ;)

  2. Yay thanks for playing! This has been such a horrendous year I am grateful for my mill, as much as I usually hate it. I'm thinking my Snowball Shuffle may need to be on the mill. Ugh. Going to vote again! We need to get you to Napa!

  3. I hate the treadmill. I am so clumsy I am constantly afraid I am going to fly off the end of the thing. :/

  4. I had fun with this! I posted my tell-all at

  5. Fun that you played along with Marcia!!
    I love my treadmill and prefer it unless the outdoor conditions are pretty much perfect - for me that is 60-80 degrees!!!

  6. I love the treadmill too. It's just so easy for a no brainer workout--exactly the pace, time, and distance you want. I'd really love to own a treadmill so I can drop my stupid gym membership since it's the only piece of equipment I use (aside from the sand-papery hand towels). But being the Clydesdale I am, I'm pretty sure I'd have to drop some serious coin to get a treadmill that would last me...

  7. Awesome! I'm going to play along. :)

  8. i'm with you that the only miles i can find tolerable on treadmill are intervals--- i've found it somewhat enjoyable to do mile repeats on the mill where I just run for a mile, then walk 1-2 minutes then repeat... breaks up monotony .I also found that running on the treadmill REALLY forces me to focus on my stride since I have long legs and need to be aware of where my feet are landing... this has hands down helped me be more efficient, but i also think it helped me get my huge PR last May since I was running a lot on the treadmill at the time (when typically I only do it a few times a year)

  9. I am a big fan of the treadmill. I hate running in the snow and this awful cold weather. Boo.

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