Getting back into exercise with 2 kids is always going to be tricky.

To help maximise all available time, we invested in a treadmill. I really have a love-hate relationship with this machine.

On the one hand, I love that it allows me to squeeze in runs while Darcy who is currently king of the 30 minute naps, sleeps. On the other hand, it is a massive mental battle to stay on the damn thing and not give up after 10 minutes. Below are some strategies I have used to get myself running longer on the treadmill.

Listen to music

I cannot run on the treadmill without some form of entertainment for distraction. Music is my go to. It’s easy and fuss free to set up. Just pop in your headphones and GO! I’ve made a carefully selected playlist for the treadmill – it is all up beat as I find if a song comes on that’s too slow, I’m about ten seconds away from calling it quits. I have these bluetooth headphones which I love. It allows me to have all my music held on them and keep my phone free which is set up as the baby monitor.I also use them while swimming too. I also pair them with the ipad when I am watching something. Which brings me to my next point…

Get inspired

Running on the treadmill is boring and hard and goes forever. I have found that if I am watching something super inspiring then I am less likely to end my workout before I am actually done. Youtube has a bunch of amazing stuff on there and bonus, it’s free. Some of my favourite videos to watch are anything by Billy Yang or Salomon TV. Another way to get inspired is by listening to podcasts I love The Rich Roll Podcast and have recently been introduced to How to fail with Elizabeth Day which is always a good choice.

Save the long runs

Have I mentioned I find running on treadmills a real mental battle? To this end, I really try to save my long run for when I can actually get outside rather than having to tough it out on the treadmill. My pace is often faster running outside as I am distracted so it just feels easier and I can always go longer. If you can, keep the treadmill for shorter sets or focussed intervals. My favourite interval session at the moment is a pyramid set: 5 minute warm up then 3 minutes at 10k pace, 2 x 2 minutes at 5k pace and 1 minute all out with 30 seconds rest between each interval.I then go back up the pyramid, so 1 minute all out, 2 x 2 minutes at 5k pace and 1 x 3 minutes at 10k pace then 5 minutes cool down.

Tell me, do you love or hate the treadmill?

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