Facing the Dreadmill

The past two Saturdays, I have been fortunate enough to do my longer runs in unseasonably warm weather, and I almost forgot that we are still in the middle of winter. However, this Saturday I am scheduled to run 6 miles, and the high for the day is forecasted to be 31 degrees. Since I typically run in the mornings, it is more likely to be in the 20s when I go. This is a problem, as I am a total wimp when it comes to running in cold weather. I hate the way my nose gets cold and starts to run and the way the wind cuts across my face, and sometimes my chest hurts. Even if I waited until later in the day for it to get warmer, it still wouldn’t exactly be warm. I don’t want to skip my run, though.

I could run on the treadmill, but the gym only allows members to use a treadmill for a maximum of an hour, and it will take me about 72 minutes to run the 6 miles because of my slow pace. So do I just tough it out, wear lots of layers, and run outside, or do I run for 60 minutes on the treadmill and try for 6 miles next week? The thought of running for an hour on the treadmill fills me with dread, as it takes every ounce of willpower I have to do 3 miles on the treadmill. How in the world can I do more than that? I listen to music, but that only helps me so much when I am staring at a blank wall in front of me and going nowhere. Does anyone have any tips for surviving longer treadmill runs?

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6 thoughts on “Facing the Dreadmill

  1. I do long treadmill runs all the time- bottom line? Yeah, your gonna be watching the clock 🙂 BUT, what helps me, is a magazine such as Oxygen with motivational pics and/or loading my ipod up with a killer playlist the night before.

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  2. Have you thought about audiobooks for those long treadmill workouts? There's this site you may not know about with free downloadable audiobooks in the public domain

    http://librivox.org/

    I listened to The Scarlet Pimpernel on my last drive to Texas…made it a bit more bearable!

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  3. I've done some runs as long as 16 miles on the treadmill. Bring water and a snack (do you ever eat sports beans, or anything like that?) and your MP3 player. If your gym has a TV, ask them to turn on your favorite channel and zone out when you can… I prefer to run outside too, but sometimes it's just too painful (i.e. 20 degree weather or 80 degree weather). So, hang in there the best you can. You'll feel so much better once you're done, and you may even get used to using the dreadmill in the future. : ) Also, stay on your treadmill for 72 minutes if you can and no one is waiting in line… or switch to another one after an hour!

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  4. I prefer running on the treadmill as the ones at my gym are designed to be easier on the knees (which, after 3 knee surgery, I am totally into). It does get boring, except they have a lovely wall of TVs and if I time it right, I get to watch Food TV (Barefoot Contess, my fav) and NCIS and Gilmore Girls all at once! That's how I compate boredom the the treadmill.
    If TV isn't an option, how about a book-on-cd? something insteresting? ~ L

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