For some, like me, running on a treadmill is an absolute last resort and makes me think of a popular music video before an actual workout. I always have great intentions when I first jump on for a workout during inclement weather, yet find myself bored and unmotivated only a few miles in. However, there are some of you out there who live and die by the hum of the treadmill's motor and use it as your primary running space of choice. Pro Triathlete Lauren Goss is one of those who loves the treadmill, and finds peace in stepping out onto the belt and knocking out her workouts. Here is what Lauren says about the treadmill:
This season I have done a ton of treadmill running. People give me a hard time about it and constantly question my choice to do most of my running on a treadmill. However, I have found that I can really stay focused on my running form and cadence when I am doing a workout on a treadmill as opposed to outside. In addition, I have not had any niggles or injuries since becoming a frequent user of the treadmill.
I have found that all treadmills are not calibrated perfectly. This is really important to know because you could be pushing yourself too hard at times. For example, the treadmill says you are running 6min miles when in reality you are running 5:40s.
I have paired my Forerunner 910XT with the foot pod so that I do not have to rely on the treadmill to tell me my pace or distance. The foot pod also gives me my cadence. The run cadence has been vital to my improved run times. I try and keep it between 90-93 when I am running easy/warming up/warming down. When I am running hard it is a bit higher around 95-96. A higher cadence is said to help increase run speed. This is especially true when hopping off the bike after a hard ride and hitting the run. The quick leg speed really helps flush the lactic acid and get you moving at the pace you need to be at.