Thursday, August 5, 2010

Treadmill Thursday's

Okay, so for as much time as I spend running on this revolving plastic/rubber thing . . . I figure I might as well include a once weekly, monthly, when ever I get around to it post about how to change "it" up / make it fun -[er] / how I keep from slitting my wrists each day I hop on "Ed". 

Yes, I insist that my treadmill has a name. It MUST be a man name - and since I lack a creative side his name is "Ed".  Not Mr. Ed

      --- just good ol' Ed.

So starting next Thursday, I will start "Treadmill Thursday's". 

I receive quite a few emails from fellow bloggers about my training [marathon training specifically] on a treadmill
Through this weekly post, I hope to:

*address these questions
*include ways to keep treadmill workouts from being [too] boring. 
*discuss why I think this is a great mental toughness tool
*settings [what little tweaks to incline can do]

I am determined to show you [my fellow runners and not yet runners alike] that "Ed"ing it is fun.  And ------ wait for it ----- wait for it ----- may actually help you on your path to fitness or [gasp] reach your PR goal.

Got questions?  Sweet.  [but make sure they are nice] ;)

27 comments:

雅王任 said...
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Jamoosh said...

Um, what the Chinese guy said...

Hence, I will obtain a PR by never stepping foot on a treadmill!

Emz said...

Jamoosh- did you leave a comment?! Remember you are still dead to me.

TMB @ RACING WITH BABES said...

Dude. I love my treadmill. Although we haven't had a date all summer. I am planning on changing that with a 16 miler tonight though ...

So I want to know, how do you pick your pace on the treadmill? Do you switch it up during a run or just coast at one speed?

Teresa said...

2 of my 3 runs per week are on the dreadmill and I've actually gotten used to it. A 6 or 7 mile run goes by relatively quickly (and I'm a SLOW runner) but I have yet to hit double digits on it. I especially like it for intervals bc I'm not checking my watch every other second to stay on pace. Looking forward to Treadmill Thursdays!

Marlene said...

Sounds like a great idea! I know I am fascinated by the miles you put in on your treadmill and the INCREDIBLE road racing times you have achieved!

Johann said...

Good idea. I'll read this even though I never run on a treadmill. I find it fascinating how many miles people can do on the things.

Chloë said...

Now that I've moved to an apartment complex with a workout room, I'm just now starting treadmill running so this makes me uber excited!! :]

Petraruns said...

Now I've joined a gym I am actually looking forward to doing some - at least some! - of my nasty winter workouts on a treadmill. Are your abs the results of a treadmill? Do I bang on about your abs? Am I jealous?

Rae said...

Great idea! I've never ran on a treadmill, but since starting running a few months ago, I've never had to deal with winter/snow runs. So I'm sure I'll be running on the treadmills at the gym. Can't wait to hear your tips!

Quinton J said...

I'm all ears...and eyes...

AM-GoalsfortheWeek said...

i have a love/hate relationship with the treadmill. I know it makes me faster and it's great for winter training, but some days it's SO my 'dreadmill'!;-0

abbi said...

sounds like good posts! I haven't been on a treadmill in ages, mostly because mine is sitting in about 50 pieces while my husband 'fixes' it...he's been 'fixing' it for months now!

NY Wolve said...

I run a lot on a treadmill. Just a fact of life. One topic that might be interesting is treadmill maintenance. DO you have yours serviced? How much does it cost? How often? Can you tell a difference pre and post service?

I haven had mine serviced in years, but I run mostly at the gym.

Matty O said...

the treadmills and i have a hate hate relationship. At least its mutual right?

I have broken all but two treadmills I have ever used... I have used a lot.

I think I need a heavy duty treadmill or something.

Don't you like exploring nature and the wonders of the earth and your surroundings? That is why I love running, I escape all of life and I feel like its just me and God's creations (not getting sappy here... just saying). That is why I LOVE running outside.

I will be interested in your weekly updates so I can try to understand the logic :)

Keep up the great work!

Leah B. said...

I've been doing a lot of runs on the treadmill lately because it's sooooo hot in southen Alabama AND I work night shift so on my days off I don't get up until noon or later. I look foward to seeing your workout progress!!

Amanda - RunToTheFinish said...

i used to do a lot more treadmill running and it can definitely help with speed work or force me to do hills since they don't exist in florida

Adrienne said...

Oooh! I'm excited for these posts! I definitely run more than I ever want on the treadmill. I like that you named your treadmill too. I might have to do that.

I also learned at running camp that training on a treadmill is just as good as training outside! It's true. Scientific research has shown that a runner who trained solely on the road didn't have any additional advantages as compared to the runner who trained solely on a treadmill. That was new to me. The trick is you have to manipulate the treadmill to match road conditions.

@Matty, you and other guys may have the same problem my husband has with treadmills? He is a 180 pound running machine and had a hard time finding a treadmill that could carry his weight and his speed (5:20 mile pace) without "skipping" on him so we had to invest in heavy duty treadmill (smooth fitness 7.35). Of course he hardly ever runs on a treadmill either--just sayin if your interested in a good treadmill.

Thanks EMZ, excited for these!

Pam said...

Pass the ketchup because I am eating my words!!!

I've been running on a treadmill the past couple of weeks for my midweek runs because it's SO. UNBELIEVEABLY. FREAKING. INSANELY. HOT!!!!! in Tennessee right now.

I'm trying to like it. I really am.

Gracie (Complicated Day) said...

Ooh! Ohh! I have a question!!! I'm running a very hilly marathon in October and I live in totally flat New Orleans...can you help me learn hills on a treadmill?

Molly said...

I read in the Q&A section of this months Runners World, about how if you do the majority of your marathon training on a treadmill, your legs are really going to feel it race day. How true do you think that is??? I do all my long runs outside, but the rest is mostly treadmill. Am I screwed?

ajh said...

I'm sure this has been asked.....but the boredom factor???

Angie said...

Totally planning on doing my hill training on a treadmill next month. That's totally legit, yes?

Angie said...

'Cause you know, I live in Kansas.

Char said...

I'm amazed that anyone can run for any length of time on a treadmill - let alone train for a marathon on one. I've got either a low boredom threshold or ADD especially when I know I can turn off the machine and the run will be over. I'm much better when I have to run just to get back home.

Melissa said...

Tell me how I can read on a treamill. Do Kindles help?

Melissa said...

Tell me how I can read on a treamill. Do Kindles help?