Dreadmill Running…Surviving Winter While Running Indoors

There’s two things on this earth that make me gag, the treadmill and cauliflower. I hate it. Nothing makes my blood boil like a 6 mile death sentence on that god forsaken piece of equipment. Since moving to wonderful New York City, where winter is a real season unlike my hometown of San Diego, I had to figure out how to play nice with the treadmill when the weather isn't cooperating. I am fully aware that I am being dramatic but f*ck the treadmill. I know I am not alone....

This guy hates the treadmill.

So does this guy.

And this girl.

treadmil fall

Probably this guy.

This guy.

treadmill fail

Mike Wazowski definitely hates it.

It’s terrible that dreadmill but there’s no way around it. If the weather outside is frightful, there’s a good chance I can't run outside. And I know what you're thinking, "So don't run..." But running is one of those things that I need. You know that shirt, “I run because punching people is frowned upon?"

punching people is frowned upon

That's actually one of the reasons why I run, it's the perfect way to shake off the day. That and I don’t feel like me when I'm not running regularly.

The only way I can suffer through a run on a treadmill is by doing intervals. I can’t press go and run until the clock runs out because I will watch that clock, pull my hair out, and quit about 15 minutes in. So I need a plan of attack to get the most bang for my buck. There’s no way I am going to sit content running x amount of miles for x amount of time. So I do either interval training or hill repeats on a treadmill. Here are my 3 go to dreadmill workouts:

“Started From the Bottom Now We’re Here” Intervals

This is a pyramid workout - after an easy 5 minute warm up I alternate between 2 minutes of threshold fast sprinting and slow active recovery jogging. I try to go for 45 minutes but often walk in the middle or try to quit at 30 minutes because I hate the treadmill. (If I quit early I get on a bike for 30 minutes.)

“The Hills Are Alive With Treadmill Hate” Hill Intervals

This quick 30 minute high intensity hill interval workout is perfect to get in and get out knowing you got a quality workout. The 2 minute intervals keep the time flying and kicks your butt.

“Get In and Get Out” 2 Minute Interval Session

Your basic two minutes fast and two minutes slow recovery wrokout. Because get in and get out.

So there you have it. I can’t tell you how many articles I’ve read with tips and tricks to not hate the treadmill but as of yet the only thing I have found that works is to stay on the dreadmill for only as long as necessary. Here’s to many more unpleasant dreadmill experiences. Until tomorrow, #RunSelfieRepeat.

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Kelly Roberts

It all started when a silly joke made headlines back in 2014 when I took selfies with hot guys “hottie hunting” my way through the New York City Half Marathon. But ironically enough, I haven't always been a runner. As the self-proclaimed former President of the "I f*cking hate running club", I spent most of my life finding ways to avoid physical activity. Growing up, I missed over 70 days of PE my senior year. Working out was something I thought I had to suffer through in order to lose weight. 

Then, in 2009, my younger brother passed away unexpectedly and struggling to manage my grief, I gained more than 75 pounds. With the weight gain came a new fight to regain my sense of self and learn to love the body I saw when I looked in the mirror. Then one Thanksgiving morning, drowning in grief and self doubt, I decided to go for a run. I didn't make it half way down my street before I had to stop to walk but for some reason, struggling forward made more sense than getting back into bed. It turns out that running is a lot like grief, neither ever really get easier, you just get stronger. 

Over time, I realized that while some people are in fact born runners, others are made. I created this blog Run, Selfie, Repeat and my new podcast by the same name with the hopes to inspire others to say yes to themselves while making them laugh hysterically because laughing, in my opinion, is the solution to everything. 

Named by Women's Running as one of twenty women who are changing the sport of running and by Competitor Magazine as one of 12 Influential and inspiring runners under 30, my mission is to inspire others to get embrace a healthy lifestyle and pursue the strongest version of themselves possible.