Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Dread{mill}

Let me start by saying how much I love having a treadmill in my basement.  I love getting home from work, putting Katie down for a nap and then heading down to get in some exercise while she is asleep.

But I have a very hard time running on a treadmill.  Like, gasping for breath, staring at the numbers thinking, "I've only gone a mile??"  I am incapable of "zoning out" on the TV or a movie for more than 5 minutes.  My eyes always wander back to display and I watch the numbers counting my mileage move in super-slow-motion.  And I'm walking a LOT more often than I would on a normal run outdoors.  A LOT more.  It's quite ridiculous.

Any tips or advice, would be appreciated.  I'm still getting some time in running, which is better than nothing, but MAN!  It is so hard for me.  Is it just going to take more time in until I'm used to it, or what?

5 comments:

Jams said...

I'm like you... I can't just set it and forget that I'm on a treadmill. I end up having to do interval training or work in a pyramid (start at 5.0, work up to 6.5 one minute at a time, then back down to 5.0).. etc. That way, I'm looking at the numbers for a reason... and it helps the time go by.. because I think - only a minute before I get to change something!

I've done the same thing with hills, etc. too.

Becca Lund said...

please let me know if you find something that works...

L.B. said...

Have you tried running intervals on the mill? My favorite interval workout is a 42-minute treadmill session where you are actually only running for 24 of those minutes, and the longest stretch without walking is 12 minutes. Very manageable.

I was weaned onto the mill with that workout because I hated getting on there too and I learned to zone out. I ran six miles the other day and I could have run more and it was so stinkin easy, just zoned out and next thing I know it was over.

But yeah, if you want specifics on the interval session let me know.

Ingi said...

Can you put a towel over the display?? Do you listen to music (concentrate on the songs, not the slap, slap of your feet)? I run outside, so I can't help that much.

Candice @ I Have Run said...

COVER THE DISPLAY. NOW! It is the only thing that saves me. And listening to music is way better for me than movies or TV. And it took time. I didn't always love Millie.