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Training for Long Runs on a Treadmill For runners that are used to trail runs or even running on the road, a treadmill run can feel like a prison sentence. There are many people that struggle understanding how they are going to endure the time that they are forced to spend on a treadmill. Whether you are running on a treadmill because of inclement weather or you are working on a treadmill for rehabilitation, it can be difficult to make it through runs. Watching your distance slowly tick away on the digital screen or watching a tiny television screen can be difficult.

When the Treadmill is Necessary When you are used to scenery and the feeling of travelling and moving, it can be hard to be in the same place when you start your run and when you end your run. Although running on a treadmill can be a pain, sometimes it is necessary. If you find that it is necessary to be running on a treadmill, there are ways that you may be able to ensure that you are going to be entertained. Listening to music has saved many runners that would have otherwise hit the “stop� button throughout their run. Create a playlist that is motivating and that is going to help you focus on something other than the treadmill that you are running on. With the right music in your ears, you may be able to lose yourself in your thoughts and the music throughout your run. Some people even like to listen to books on tape as they are running. If you do not need a beat to run to, you may want to listen to a book on tape that will allow you to focus on something other than the treadmill and ensure that you can push through your entire run. Planning out your run ahead of time may also help you get the exercise that you are going to need. When you plan your run, you should decide how fast you want to run and how long you want to be running at that speed.

Circuit Training Verses Distance Some people like to plug away at a long distance while others prefer to do a circuit workout. A circuit workout can be a great way to get your heart rate up and ensure that you are getting all of your cardio in for the day.

Although running on a treadmill can be difficult, if it becomes necessary you can make the best out of it. Figuring out what diversion methods or workout plans will help you get a good workout on the treadmill can be hard, but will be well worth it in the long run. While you are training for any race, you should take the proper precautions to avoid having to meet with a knee replacement doctor. Running can be hard on your knees and it is important that you are in tune with your body as you are training. Meeting with a knee replacement doctor may be avoided if you stretch properly, listen to your body, let your body recover from long runs properly and use the right equipment as you are running. Don’t be afraid to talk with a professional about how to care for your joints to ensure that you can keep on running. Training for a race indoors can be difficult, but with some practice you can be sure that you are ready. So, hit the gym today to start training for your next race. Photo Credit:

Training for Long Runs on a Treadmill  

While for a lot of people running in the same place on a treadmill is borderline torture there is a time and place for using them.