I think it is awesome to have an alternative to running outside.
I love being outdoors when I can, but sometimes work schedules, weather and traveling can hinder that. Training on a treadmill isn’t a bad thing as long as you know how to challenge yourself and not lose it from boredom. As a general
guide, putting yourself at a 1% incline will more closely mimic running outdoors. Incline training on a treadmill in general is a great way to build endurance and can also stop the monotony. I like using The Pyramid Workout from Greg McMillan of Running Times Magazine.

Set 1: steady pace 1 minute each @ 4, 5 and 6 percent incline
2-3 minutes recovery @ flat jog

Set 2: steady pace 1 minute each @ 5, 6 and 7 percent incline
2-3 minutes recovery @ flat jog

Set 3: steady pace 1 minute each @ 6, 7 and 8 percent incline
2-3 minutes recovery @ flat jog

Set 4: steady pace 1 minute each @ 7, 6 and 5 percent incline
2-3 minutes recovery @ flat jog

Set 5: steady pace 1 minute each @ 6, 5 and 4 percent incline
2-3 minutes recovery @ flat jog

It keeps me focused on small goals throughout the run so that I don’t concentrate so much on the length of it. I usually do sets 1-5 twice in a run and it takes me about an hour. If I don’t do an incline workout though, I just keep a steady pace at a 1% incline. Oh, and music and Netflix help pass the time too :)


 



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    Kris Fergus is training to run Red White and Blue 26.2 in Findlay, Ohio on October 7th, 2012. Though this is not her first marathon, it is the first race in which she will run after being diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. Training began on Monday, June 18th, and Kris will be keeping a blog to bring you with her on her journey and she will be raising money for Lakewood Hospital during the process.

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