Woah, so much alliteration in that title. I have officially started to migrate indoors with my running. There is really no replacement for outdoor running but when the temperature starts to drop and it’s super dark and icy out, the treadmill becomes my BFF. If you’re a long-time reader you know that unlike most runners I don’t hate the treadmill. I like wearing capris and tank tops all year round while I run and I enjoy watching the sports highlights every morning so treadmills are kind of awesome for that.
I notice when I migrate indoors, and then eventually head back outdoors, there is always a bit of a transition period where I have to get used to the different running settings. I always find I can’t run equivalent paces on the treadmill as I can outside, and I never know if I’m suppose to add a 1% incline to all treadmill runs? A 0.5% incline? Zero? I found some decent articles to share regarding treadmill running that I found super useful!
- “10 Treadmill Mistakes You’re Making” from Prevention. The TVs on the treadmills at my gym are probably in the most terrible position ever for your posture. If I stare at the TV too long I feel myself slouching forward and looking too far “down” than I should. It definitely affects my running form so it’s something to keep in mind!
- “Treadmill Training for Winter Fitness” from Active.com. This article suggests an answer to my ever-burning question of incline for running on a treadmill. It suggests 1% minimum to mimic the resistance of road running and to correct form. My doctor told me that it really doesn’t make a difference and to reduce injury risk I should leave it at 0%… hm.
- “5 Burning Questions About Running on a Treadmill” by Mens Fitness. I think I read Mens Fitness more than Women’s Fitness magazine… is that weird? I just find it has so much more useful workout information. This article talks about using the benefits of a treadmill as an advantage in your training… YOU control the speed and incline so you can train for faster paces and push yourself out of that comfort zone.
- “How to Run Long on the Treadmill Without Losing your Mind” by Runners World. If you are doing marathon training on the treadmill you might encounter a few long runs indoors. The longest I have run on a treadmill is 18 miles. It actually wasn’t THAT bad, but then again, I’m a fan of the dreadmill. My biggest tips -> Find some entertainment, whether that me podcasts or a movie… and break it up… don’t think of it as 12 miles, think of it as 2 x 10Ks.
My criteria for an indoor run:
- It is less than -10 degrees Celsius (14 degrees F).
- It is windier than 50km/h (gusting >60km/h).
- The streets are super duper icy.
- The sidewalks haven’t been plowed yet and are covered in snow.
- It is too dark to see if there is black ice.
I swear these aren’t unreasonable and I can justify an indoor run, haha! My least favourite running conditions are wind and ice so when those happen I just think safety is more important and I stick to indoor running. I am also a pansy so don’t use these criteria for any exclusive guidelines, I have a friend who runs outdoors all year round, -20, snowing, whatever the case. He is the one I did THIS run with sooo. 😉
Do you have certain criteria to justify an indoor run?
Favourite way to pass time on a treadmill?