Last Friday I decided to skip my morning 5-miler run because it was raining (lame excuse, I know), so I promised myself that I would run 5 miles on the treadmill after work. I got to the gym, pumped myself up, ran 2 miles and had to call it quits. My legs were ITCHING to run — outside. Why I do I always set myself up like this? I gave myself the biggest pep talk, but I just couldn’t bring it. I finished up my workout with 25 minutes on the spin bike. Woomp woomp.
I felt like a loser not being able to put those 3 extra miles in. I mean it’s not like I’m doing super high mileage these days. I SHOULD have been able to crank out 5 on the without a problem – so I vowed to run them on Saturday, with a plan. I call it the “I Hate the Treadmill Workout”:
It’s stupidly simple, but it gets me over the mental block of the treadmill. I ran my 3 in little less than a 9:00/mile pace — and I definitely could have put in a few more (but it was lunch time!).
I am seriously envious of you all who can rock out 10-20-30 miles on a treadmill without a problem. I also **might** think you are insane. For me it takes a huge effort to run more than 3-4 (and the most I’ve done is 8!).
If there is anyone out there like me – this workout is for you, until you can get out there and hit the pavement again. For some reason, I just don’t have any problems running out there!
What helps you power through a treadmill run?