Rainy days are inevitable. Therefore, running indoors on a treadmill might be part of your training at some point. Whenever I am forced to battle the dreadmill, I mix it up by doing a “5,4,3,2,1” workout, a friend shared with me.
My starting speed is very important in the plan of attack! I start out running the first 5 minutes at a comfortable and moderate pace, usually around 5 or 5.5 mph). Then, I bump up the speed 1/2 or 1 mph and continue running for 4 minutes. Next, I bump up another 1/2 or 1 mph for the next 3 minutes. And again, for the next 2 minutes. Finally, I increase to a full sprint for my final 1 minute.
After this interval, I slow my speed down to my original pace and start building again. Each round is a total of 15 minutes of running. Try this 3 times and you have conquered a NICE 45 minute run and your treadmill battle!!! Spice up the clash even more by adjusting your incline!
For those or you just joining the running world, you can start your first 5 minutes with a brisk walk and build from there. This workout helps me so much because it makes me pay attention to something other than my boredom!