The treadmill and I are best friends these days. Okay, so “friends” may be an exaggeration. It’s more like we’re colleagues with the same goal—getting this mama of two little ones in shape for her December half marathon. Okay, colleagues may be an exaggeration too. Master and slave is probably more like it, and you can guess which one I am!
To be honest, I can’t wait to get some outdoor runs under my belt, but I’ve been waiting until I can comfortably run three miles on the treadmill because let’s face it, gearing up to go outside needs to be worth the trouble. Besides, I don’t want my neighbors to see me struggling to keep a jogging pace that doesn’t look like an exaggerated power walk!
But if I’m going to be working out on the treadmill for a few more weeks, it means I need to ensure that I’m doing it properly. Otherwise I won’t be ready for the outdoors, and maybe even worse, I could injure myself. No need to give myself excuses not to workout. So it’s time to talk about training on the machine that epitomizes the term “necessary evil.”
I found a couple of great recommendations at www.livestrong.com and from Coach Jenny at runnersworld.com. First—and this is a rule I break so, so often—I should not hold onto the handrails when running. Using the handrails to help me maintain a higher speed does me no favors. A better idea? Get over my pride and decrease the speed.