Why I Love the Treadmill

Treadmill [n.]: A torture device perfected in the 20th century, designed to destroy one’s mind through sensory deprivation and monotony.

Mark Remy, runnersworld.com executive editor, in The Runner’s Rule Book

Ok, I understand why the treadmill gets a bad rap. It can be pretty boring, but I enjoy it, especially in the winter and for interval workouts. If a treadmill would fit in our basement (sadly, the ceilings are too low), I’d own one and run on it all the time.

Maybe I’m a weirdo, but I really love running on the treadmill. Here’s why:

  • I never have to worry about the weather. The treadmill is located indoors where it’s nice and warm or nice and cool, depending on the season.
  • I can truly zone out on it. Running on a treadmill means I don’t have to worry about the potential hazards of running outside, like cars, potholes, snow, ice, rabid dogs, or gangs of wild turkeys. The treadmill is safe and cozy.
  • I can multitask. Ok, I multitask on my outdoor runs too, but I do more so on the treadmill. I listen to music, watch TV, and check my email/Twitter on my iPhone when I’m walking during rest intervals. (I know, I’m totally one of those people, but at least I keep to myself and don’t bother other gym goers by talking on my cell phone while I’m on the treadmill, right?)
  • It’s great for interval/speed workouts. When I do my interval/speed workouts outside, I often find it difficult to accurately judge my pace and distance out on the open road””even when I look at my Garmin a zillion times. The treadmill makes it easy for me to maintain a consistent pace and track my distance. It basically just takes the guesswork out speed/interval workouts for me.
  • It’s made me tougher: The treadmill workouts I’ve been doing lately include much faster speeds than I’m normally used to, which means maintaining that pace is no easy task. But, the fact that the treadmill doesn’t slow down when I start to tire (unless I change speeds) has pushed me to toughen up and keep my little legs running at faster paces. I hate wussing out during an interval, so I almost always push myself to finish strong.

Are you a treadmill lover or treadmill hater?

Workout

Speaking of treadmills, guess what got me to the gym to run this morning? An oil change!

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Hey, whatever works, right?

My gym is located right next door to where I get the oil in my car changed, so I scheduled an appointment for bright and early this morning, so I’d have to get my butt in gear. I mean, what’s the point of wasting time, sitting at the automotive place, waiting for my car to be finished? I might as well break a sweat while I wait!

Today’s workout was 5 X 400m with 60 seconds rest on the treadmill. I warmed-up with a mile jog and then got right to it. I knew it’d be a short workout, so I pushed myself on the 400s by turning up the speed on the treadmill to 9.0 MPH. The 4th and 5th intervals were killer, but I didn’t let myself stop or slow down. I finished the entire workout (warm-up included) in less than 25 minutes. It was short, but tough!

Lunch

After my workout, I came home for lunch, which was a veggie smorgasbord. When my fridge is packed full of brightly colored vegetables, I can’t help but make healthy meals. I’m also really cheap, so seeing food go to waste drives me nuts, which encourages me to eat it!

On the menu: arugula salad with two hardboiled eggs, truffle salt, and balsamic vinegar.

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Sweet potato wedges + kale chips.

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Veg-a-licious!

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After lunch, I satisfied my sweet tooth with some peanut M&Ms.

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Snack

I spent the next few hours working away before I started to get hungry again. I received Today’s Top 9 email from DailyBuzz Healthy Living about smoothies this morning, and I stumbled upon Brittany‘s recipe for a Cinnamon Oatmeal Cookie Smoothie. Obviously, I needed to make it ASAP.

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It did not disappoint, and it tasted just like an oatmeal cookie. YUM!

P.S. Here’s an interesting article about “the science behind your booty” from Fitness magazine: How to Build a Stronger, Defined Butt.

96 Comments

  1. I don’t understand why the treadmill gets such a bad rep! When it’s cold outside I’d much rather run indoors watching TV. Glad to hear I’m not the only one!

  2. I love the treadmill as well. Especially, especially in the winter. I just feel more comfortable in a controlled running environment for some reason.

  3. I love how the treadmill allows me to do great interval training workouts. I always find it harder to complete interval runs outside, I usually like to just do slow, steady, and fun runs when outside 🙂

  4. I’ve got a love/hat relationship with the treadmill. I think it has its place, and I like it for intervals, but I have to get my outdoor runs in too.

  5. I <3 the tread mill too… a LOT. I do my long runs outside on the weekends but do speed work on the TM. I feel like I sweat more at the gym. I totally zone out and listen to the Moby station on Pandora. It is very meditative. I do 4 miles every morning during the work week and it keeps me energized, happy, strong and ready for my long run on Saturday! Sunday I 100% chillax.

  6. I love the treadmill too! And I get some trouble for it from my running friends. I’m a total beginner and it helps me with pacing. I hope to include more outdoor runs, especially as I get longer distances under my belt, but for now, I love the treadmill.

  7. I love treadmills for all the same reasons as you do, Tina! In addition, the treadmill has been invaluable as I’m recovering from a broken tibia and has allowed me to run at the pace, distance and incline I need to help the recovery process. I want my own!

  8. I like them. There’s no love…but only because the one I used to own wasn’t very good(second hand and cheap) and the ones of the gym here in town(only 1 gym) are all less than spectacular. There’s potential for love, because they do help me maintain my pace and stop me from slacking off.

  9. I got the idea for an oatmeal smoothie from KERF and tried it once. It tasted too much like dessert for me to believe it was healthy. I enjoyed it, but haven’t made one since because it just seemed so indulgent even though it was basically the same ingredients as what went into a bowl of oatmeal.

  10. Your post a little while ago about your sprints have pushed me on the treadmill recently and I finally feel like I’m becoming a faster runner. They are heard but they are worth every second of them! I have to try this smoothie recipe!

  11. I sometimes love the treadmill. I can’t do more than 7 miles. Gah. But they are great for when the windchill is negative or for speed drills. And I can watch the Today show!

  12. Thank you for saying you love the treadmill! People always call it the dreadmill, etc. and I’m always thinking, “I love the treadmill!” but I never say it because I don’t want to be “that” person. I really think its so much easier to push yourself speed wise on the treadmill. I love it.

  13. I’m not a “lover” per se but I really do like your workouts that you’ve posted. I’ve done the Pyramind so far and then the 50 minute elliptical work out tonight. I was a bit worried that I wouldn’t be able to keep up with all the quick changes, but a minute or two is a perfect amount of time to read a couple snippets in Glamour then see boom! Changing the speed! Awesome workout!

  14. Mmmm Your salad looks SO good! Eggs plus truffle salt…I die. As for the treadmill, I recently quit my gym as I prefer running outside, doing steps, or yoga. But I think if I lived on the East Coast (I’m in SF) I’d like to have a gym for back up when the weather gets crazy!

  15. I’m a California girl so typically LOVE running outside by the beach. However, since moving to the Netherlands where the weather is about as bad as it can possibly get, I’ve learned to have a newfound appreciation for the treadmill. I indulge in my guilty TV like Teen Mom and don’t feel bad about it. 45 minutes later… I’m done!

  16. I’m a treadmill lover too! Being in Michigan, the weather is super crazy and I’m pretty much a sissy 🙂 Also, having a bathroom 10 steps away at all times is pretty convenient 🙂

  17. Ugh the dreadmill! (Can you tell my answer?) But it does have its perks. The major one for me you also mentioned. You can set the speed! And trying to do intervals outside using a Garmin is just insane. I can’t keep my fast pace at all. So I do those workouts inside!
    ~Ang

  18. Eh… for entry-level speedwork it’s fine, I guess, but I didn’t truly improve as a runner until I moved it outdoors. And then to the TRACK. An important part of racing is the ability to judge and hold the appropriate pace. A treadmill de-trains that. A track, now, will heighten your ability to judge what a lap–a 400 or 200 depending on the track–feels like.

  19. I’m just getting into running and planning to participate in my first 5K this year. With the weather where it currently is, I love the treadmill. Yes, it isn’t as scenic but gets the job done. How long after you first started running did you begin racing?

  20. Yep, the treadmill is on my favorite list! I have pleased to read the entirety of the post as mentioned above in detail. I am going to share this post on my social media pages to see my friends and followers. Thanks and have a good day!

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