Apr | 4
Run Happy Inspiration, Running Tips

5 Reasons to Love the Treadmill

Getting outside is one of the best things about running, but sometimes you just can’t. Weather, childcare issues, timing…lots of things outside your control can force your run inside. For me, that’s not all bad. Here are a few reasons I’m a fan of treadmill running.

1. Indulge Your Inner Child

As kids, we run everywhere we go pretty much as soon as we can stand. Another instant favorite for all kids, of course, is pushing buttons. With the treadmill, I can do both things at the same time!!! How cool is that?

2. Be a Control Freak

All those buttons make the treadmill great for interval training. There’s no guesswork or cheating about pace or incline when you’re controlling it down to a tenth of a mile per hour.

3. A Kinder, Gentler Potty Break

Running can jumble things up and there isn’t always a gas station nearby. Not a problem when you’re on a treadmill.

4. Run by Numbers

I know that calorie counter isn’t super accurate, but I’m motivated by those numbers. I’ll run an extra mile just so I can hit a round number of calories burned – which then makes the mileage uneven so I run a little more.

5. Watch TV

My longest treadmill run was 15 miles thanks to my DVR and a backlog of The Biggest Loser. Another woman in our office looks forward to her 3 o’clock run in the Brooks gym because that’s when Ellen is on. Yup, we like TV and it gets us running and that’s just fine.

Do you like the treadmill or dread it? Let us know in the comments!

About Catherine
I'm a running, banjo picking, motorcycle riding mom of two boys. I love running for all the reasons: getting out with friends, getting out alone, cruising and relaxing, testing my limits. Most of all, having fun!
11 Comments
  • http://www.facebook.com/charles.brashears Charlie Brashears

    Love the tread mill….easy to schedule.

  • YamaYamaDo

    6. weather never too cold or too warm when you run on treadmill
    7. No worries on traffic…car, motorcycle, bike…

  • http://www.facebook.com/steve.carleton1 Steve Carleton

    great for Hill workouts for those of us who live in areas where the only hill is single freeway overpass….

  • http://mghollis.blogspot.com/ Melinda

    I’m using the treadmill to learn how to run. Never having run before, the treadmill is a good starting place. I love listening to my music as loud as I can so that I don’t hear myself breathing so hard! lol

  • http://www.facebook.com/tracyjotee Tracy Davis

    I love our treadmill. Living in Southeast Kansas you never know when the weather is going to be favorable for a run outside or not. I can stick to my marathon training schedule with my treadmill, and also cross train with the various programs on it. I’m never bored!

  • http://www.facebook.com/jon.w.buff Jon Buffenbarger

    I despise my treadmill in the very worst way. It is my nemesis. The Skywalker to my Vader if you will.

  • Cecil @ Dreadmill Drummer

    Love the treadmill! That’s where most of my miles are logged.

  • http://www.facebook.com/stephanie.krause.1422 Stephanie Krause

    I dread the treadmill. I bought one this year, and it helped me keep moving through the winter. I WANT to love the treadmill. It would be so much more convenient…but I don’t love it yet. I’d love some tips on how to LEARN to love the treadmill! TV??? Other???

  • http://www.facebook.com/stephanie.krause.1422 Stephanie Krause

    I dread the treadmill. I bought one this year, and it helped me keep moving through the winter. I WANT to love the treadmill. It would be so much more convenient…but I don’t love it yet. I’d love some tips on how to LEARN to love the treadmill! TV??? Other???

  • http://twitter.com/rUnladylike Jesica D’Avanza

    #2 is so true for me. I do almost all my speed work on the treadmill because it allows me to control my speed and not to back off difficult paces. When I head out on the track, I always find it so much harder though to gauge what my fast pace really feels like because I do so much interval training on the mill. Fun post!

  • http://anuragaggarwalinstituteofpublicspeaking.wordpress.com/ Anurag Aggarwal

    Nice one.