The treadmill can give you a great option when the weather is frightful and your holiday schedule is on overdrive. On a treadmill the weather is controlled and there is no need to worry about slippery leaves, ice and the dark.
Things to keep in mind:
Most consider that the treadmill feels harder than comparable running outside. The treadmill is a great place to practice running by feel and not getting caught up with hitting a certain pace.
Instead of hopping onto the treadmill and expecting to hit a certain pace, be mindful that your body still needs a warm-up. Aim to walk for a bit before transitioning to running and then to a more typical pace. Easing into a run will help you complete the entire workout.
Be aware of your running form while running on the treadmill. If you are watching a tv, make sure it’s front and center so you don’t end up with a crick in your neck or worse an injury from falling off the treadmill. Relax your upper body and keep your cadence light and easy. Treadmill running provides a softer surface than outdoor running. Athletes need to ensure that they maintain outdoor running form on the treadmill as the rotating belt encourages different biomechanics.
Prepare to sweat. Normal gym temperatures are much warmer than our usual outdoor temps. Think of this as a great way to maintain some heat tolerance! It’s a great opportunity to practice your hydration and fueling strategies. After the run, remember to rehydrate to replace those fluids you lost.
If you find that you are drawn more to the treadmill at this time of year, keep some strategies in mind if the majority of your runs are on a treadmill.