My half marathon training is coming along quite nice. I’m a week and a half into my 8 week advanced program. Since not every day I have the time to make it to Central Park or the track, I have to suck it up every once in a while and hit the treadmill.
Monday morning at 6 AM I stepped on the treadmill with a mission.
I find treadmill running incredibly hard to finish if I’m going for a run longer than about 4 miles. For some reason the miles just feel longer. The longest treadmill run I’ve ever done was 10 miles during football season when I was throughly entertained. Since all I needed to get in was my sprints I knew I could do it.
When I was running much faster I used the treadmill as my speed work tool. It takes the guess work out of running the right pace. If felt good to be back on the treadmill pushing myself.
The main work of this speed drill focuses on 8 400M sprints at 5K pace. Make sure to warm up and cool down. Here goes:
TREADMILL SPEED WORK
Warm up 1 mile at Race Pace
8*400M sprints with a brief rest in between
Half mile cool down at Long Run Pace
I ran my sprints at different paces just to mix it up. I didn’t know it was possible to get a runners high at 6 AM on a treadmill but it happened. I love that running is so hard until one day its easy. Does that make sense? Warming up at my old easy pace felt awesome.
Do you like treadmill running? How do you make it through a treadmill workout?