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Hills on the Treadmill = FUN!

Thursday, September 01, 2011

Yesterday's run was supposed to be a hill workout. But, the last time I tried the hill workout it was all in the sun and near 90 degrees. So, I decided to move it indoors!

I'm reading a triathlon book by McMillan and decided to do his 'hill' workout. You are supposed to do 90 second hills on a treadmill at an incline of 6-8%. So, my goal was 6 hills for 90 seconds each and I was going to do one at 6%, one at 7%, one at 8%, and repeat. I didn't quite make that, but it was a great workout.

I warmed up for a mile at 12:30 and then dropped it to 12:14 for the last 1/5th of a mile. That's a pretty good pace for me. I kept it at 12:14 for the entire hill workout, and it is suprising how this feels like a 'recovery pace' after I turn the incline off.

The first time I set it to 6%, I was surprised at how steep it was! And, it's a little hard to run on! But, I did it! Then I did the 'recovery pace' for 2 minutes then hit the hill again. Since this was so hard & I was worried about getting too tired & falling off the treadmill, I decided to do only 5 hills & keep it at 6%. I did it!!! It was a great workout, too!

But, when I was done, I was only at about 2.4 miles...and I needed to run 4. What could I do to make it more fun?

I decided to start increasing the speed. I was at 12:14 and I would push the treadmill 1 'faster' every minute. I don't know how many minutes this took, but I finally got the speed to one under 10 minutes per mile! I think it was 9:50! That's FAST for me, and I was huffing & puffing...but feeling great!

At this point, I'd ran 3.8 miles and I had a class to get to in about 15 minutes. And, it was pilates so I wanted to change pants. So, I slowed it WAY down and finished out my 4 miles.

I really think this is a FUN way to use a treadmill! If I just had to hop on and run for 4 miles, I could barely do it. But, having to pay such close attention & really challenging myself made it FUN.

What fun workouts do you do on a treadmill?

Happy running!
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  • no profile photo CD7673407
    Isn't it amazing what a really fabulous tool the TM is when you make it that! Great job. I am trying still to get my set up with the Ifit so I can run in different countries. It's a great way to get your run done and multi task at the same time. Will have to try your hills!
    3619 days ago
  • TRICOTINE
    Way to keep entertained on that treadmill!!! Good job!

    For now, I just try to ease my way back into running so I just carefully do my intervals on my treadmill, but I can't wait for the day to come where I will be able to unleash the running beast in me... LOL
    3623 days ago

    Comment edited on: 9/2/2011 9:51:19 PM
  • SPARKYGONE
    That's the best way to use a treadmill. I can't just run at a steady pace, but speeding up and slowing down and testing myself on intervals and hills really breaks it up and makes it a whole lot more fun.
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    3623 days ago
  • KKINNEA
    That is a fun way to use a treadmill. I try to restrict my treadmill use to those kinds of workouts - I hate straight running on the treadmill because it's so boring!
    3623 days ago
  • FUNFROG79
    Whew! What a workout, nice job!
    3623 days ago
  • BILL60
    Those hills are challenging. I do them on the bike outdoors and they kick butt. Afterwards, however, you do have a sense of accomplishment.
    3623 days ago
  • STAROFD00M
    Hill workouts are my favorite way to use the treadmill as well :)
    3624 days ago
  • ITSHOWYOULIVE
    I don't do the treadmill, but I love how you used it! Very clever way to get faster. Sometimes I do wish I had access to a treadmill to force a faster pace. Great job!!
    3624 days ago
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