So, today I did my 5K boot camp schedule workout. Run 3 min, walk 2 min SIX times. I also did 10min walking to warm up and finished walking to hit the 1-hour mark.
I set my treadmill to 4.7 MPH for the run intervals. That's slow but it's what makes it possible to get through a long interval. Slow is good! Because it's so hot here in the Phoenix area, I'm using the treadmill for all my workouts right now. You might think it's boring, but I LOVE the treadmill. Truly, I do and I'm not clinically insane! LOL The benefits of the treadmill are many, including convenience. I'm reading a book on using the treadmill that says 2008 Olympian athlete Magdalena Lewy-Boulet uses a treadmill for much of her training.
When I use mine, I put my tablet on it and pull up a good book, usually fitness-based, in HUGE font! I usually only read during the walking parts, and just listen to the music when I'm running. Other ways to make it less boring is to listen to a podcast on a subject you love, watching a TV show either on the TV or on your tablet. Many TV providers have an app that lets you access your recorded shows and live TV. Dish does!
The benefits of a treadmill are:
- Convenience - You can run without having to drive anywhere, pack clothing or worry about needing a bathroom.
- Weather - when the weather is too cold, hot, or wet, you can still get in your walk/run.
- Safety - If you run when it's dark, you don't have to worry about not being seen or running into a bad person or wild animal etc.
- Health Hazards - If you can run only where there is heavy traffic, you're breathing in those exhaust fumes. Even high pollen counts can make it near impossible to breath for some people.
The treadmill literally removes a ton of excuses not to get in your run or walk.