As I sit here writing this post, school has been cancelled for approximately one month of Mondays! With no end in sight, and the snow banks getting higher, I have been forced to move some of my runs inside. Down into the basement I descend to face the ever dreaded treadmill. Rather than drone on about the classic ways to conquer the treadmill, I’ve decided to share with you some unique strategies for tackling the treadmill run….
Stuck in a rut? Can’t get past your normal three miles? Want to kick it up a notch? Try roleplaying. C’mon! If you are in the privacy of your own home, why not? If you’ve ever dreamed of being a firefighter, a police officer, or a superhero, grab one of your kids costumes, pick the pieces you find most comfortable and transform your normal run into a game of superhero saves the grocery store. Guaranteed to make you laugh, get inspired and help your mind conquer “normal.”
Find your favorite romantic movie and throw it in the DVD. Nothing will fuel your run like laughing, yelling, and crying with your favorite characters. Not buying it? Ok, you could just watch the trailer to Fifty Shades of Grey or Magic Mike XXL on repeat for the next hour…whatever helps!
Every time I log into one of the on-line running or fitness communities I subscribe to, someone is discussing nude races. Races such as Bare Dare have inspired runners from all over the world to try doing it in the buff. While I cannot even begin to contemplate running naked in the frigid New England weather, perhaps the treadmill is a good place for you to give it a go. Since naked running is too extreme for most of us, another strategy is to imagine yourself running naked while on the treadmill. I guarantee you, if you put your mind to work and create some realistic imagery, your posture, stride, and breath will improve.
Running on the treadmill is hard, boring and basically a total mind suck. Reward yourself when you achieve great things. You know those handy cup holders found on most treadmills? Fill one with water and one with your favorite cocktail. Disclaimer: please don’t drink and run, generally nothing good comes from this. However, feel free to liberally reward yourself for running one week straight in the dark, cold basement on the miserable treadmill. Personally, I reward myself for anything over six miles, because that is about all I am able to tolerate. Honestly, those last couple of laps watching the little red dot slowly move around the track are made better when I can glance up to see a cocktail waiting for me at the finish. C’mon, don’t judge, every race essentially bribes its participants in the same exact way. How many times have you finished a race and found yourself hanging out in a park on a Sunday morning at 9:30 drinking a Harpoon Seasonal. Personally, a highball with some Bourbon and one large ice-cube is my winter drink of choice. See…I put in the ice-cube to incentivize myself to finish before it melts!
We have all heard the news, the groundhog saw his shadow, so we are looking at a minimum of six more weeks of winter…don’t ignore your treadmill, use some of my creative techniques to get the job done!
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