I used to think treadmills were EVIL! and the work of the devil. I've come to accept and even feel a twinge of--dare I say it?--love for my 'mill. It allows me to run during naptime, before school when it's too dark to go it alone, and, of course, during historic ice/snowstorms.
I thought I'd share a couple of my favorite treadmill workouts that superawesome Coach Emily has prescribed me. These are just hard enough that you read them and think, "Hmmm. That's not too bad." And then you start them and think, "Holy crap, is my heart going to BEAT OUT OF MY CHEST?"
(Or maybe that's just me)
Anyway, for those of you stuck inside due to extreme ice, here's a few workouts to try!
You can adjust your paces accordingly. My Zone 2 is around 9-9:15 minutes/mile. That's the pace I feel like I could go forever at, so start with that pace and then work up or down from there.
20 minutes building to Zone 2
5 minutes at 7.2 mph
5 minutes at 7.5 mph
4 minutes at 7.8 mph
3 minutes at 6.5 mph
3 minutes at 7.8 mph or higher (I made it to 8.5! Yippeeekayyay!)
20 minutes to cool down
20 minutes building to Zone 2 to warm up
3X (6 minutes at 7.6-8.0mph with 3 minutes easy in between)
20-25 minutes at Zone 2 to cool down
I know, right? They don't look that hard. But when I'm doing the workouts, I really have to focus. The tready is helping me win the head game a bit, and as soon as this ice thaws out I'll jump at the chance to try a nice hard tempo on the road!
Happy training--and stay warm!