The Treadmill: Love It or Loathe It?
|February 3, 2014||Posted by The Fit Scoop under My Training, News and Research|
Happy Monday! Hope the weekend was a good one. Violet got to meet some of more of our friends this weekend, and the stars aligned on Sunday so I could run outside (the weather was good and my husband was free to watch Violet)! Either bad weather or not having someone to watch Violet has meant doing all of my running on our treadmill. What a literal breath of fresh air it was to be outside again 🙂 Don’t get me wrong – I am very grateful to have a treadmill and think it is a useful tool for when you can’t run outside. In fact the more I run on the treadmill the more tolerable it becomes. My favorite types of workouts to do on a treadmill are intervals and “hill” repeats. The constantly changing speed and incline help to break the run into smaller chunks and keep my mind from getting bored. However, like most runners I really prefer running outdoors. In honor of treadmill running here are some interesting reads about treadmills I’ve found lately…
This article has some good tips on how to stay healthy and sane while doing lots of treadmill running.
Here a biomechanist discusses treadmill running form versus outdoor running form and gives her opinion on whether you need to set the treadmill to a 1% incline in order to make your effort on the treadmill comparable to running outdoors.
Here is an article about the habits of highly effective treadmill runners. I definitely agree with the tip to avoid staring at the clock – I usually cover it up with a towel.
This guy recently set a treadmill running record, running 77.07 miles in 12 hours on a treadmill. And I thought spending an hour on the treadmill was boring…
Walking treadmill desks are catching on. I’m currently brainstorming ways to be able to easily (and cheaply!) convert our treadmill into a walking desk without making permanent changes to it so that it can still be used for running. Any suggestions?
And just for fun, the world’s tiniest treadmill was built for studying flies.