Hi guys! Happy Tuesday.
As you know, I love my treadmill. Words that I never thought I would say, but with the cold and icy MN winters, I have become a treadmill lover. Only with Netflix instant play on my iPad though. . . otherwise I would die of boredom.
psst – looking for a cheesy Holiday movie? Watch The 12 Dates of Christmas! I love watching cheesy Holiday movies during the month of December. . . and that has been my favorite one so far this year!!
I wanted to share with you the treadmill workout that I have been doing lately to help beat treadmill boredom. We all know the key to running on the treadmill is to mix it up.
How boring is it to stay at the same pace the entire run? I know, right! Horrible.
But I also get a little bored and burnt out by interval work depending on the timing. . .I am not a fan of having to mess with pace and press buttons up and down every minute. . .
So, I came up with something that is easy to do, not too tedious, and helps me to increase my speed and intensity.
Now, I realize that what I am about to share with you is nothing earth shattering and you’re probably already doing it, but it was new to me and I am really loving it, so I thought I would share.
It’s so simple.
Basically, you start at any pace you’d like. For simplicity sake, let’s say 6.0, Do your warm up, then when you are ready, increase the pace by “0.3”. So, up to 6.3. And stay there for 2 minutes. Then, bump back down by “0.2” – so 6.1 and “recover” for 3 minutes. Then, increase by 0.3 again (- 6.4) x 2 minutes, then back down by 0.2 (- 6.2) for 3 minutes. So, every 5 minutes you do a cycle of 2 minutes faster and 3 minutes slower, but overall, every 5 minutes you are increasing your base pace. By the time I get to 5 miles, I am doing a pretty decent pace, but I am not dying with super hard intervals, more of a slow and steady increasing intensity.
Warm up – 6.0
Increase to 6.3 x 2 minutes
Decrease to 6.1 x 3 minutes
Increase to 6.4 x 2 minutes
Decrease to 6.2 x 3 minutes
Increase to 6.5 x 2 minutes
Decrease to 6.3 x 3 minutes
Continue until you reach your desired miles.
Cool down! 🙂
Let me know if you give it a try!
Want to make it harder? Increase the intervals to 3 or 4 minutes of the faster pace and then 2 or 1 minute recovery (slower) pace!!
What’s your favorite workout to beat treadmill boredom??
Linking up with Becky for TYT. . . because not having to run in the snow and ice and cold is definitely a treat during the winter in Minnesota!