Most of us enjoy running outside, rightly so, and it should be the cornerstone of your training. But, in these uncertain times indoor running may offer a great alternative.
Treadmills allow you to control factors such as pace and incline, as well as removing variables like wind, people and surface changes. You can test and retest with greater accuracy, it’s light and safe, getting ready can be quicker, and mirrors offer the chance to see yourself run so you can build a more efficient stride.
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You can do any session on a treadmill, but this session is designed to help build or maintain speed. While long, steady runs are the default for many during the winter months, my feeling is that polarised training that builds speed while maintaining aerobic fitness is far more beneficial. All reps are under 45secs so that they don’t tip over into threshold work – that can come later in the season, if there’s a season!
Coach’s top 3 tips for the session
Keep well hydrated
Running indoors can induce heavy sweat loss, so make sure you drink around 200mls every 20mins and that you include electrolytes. Two to three pinches of salt in 500mls should suffice.
Wear calf guards
Treadmills generally present a softer surface than pavement, but the change under-foot is a stress that your calves might not be used to, so wear calf guards during your first few sessions.
Crank up the tunes
Listening to music is a really good way to distract you from the effort, which can linger in the forefront of you mind when indoors. Choose music that motivates and energises.
5mins dynamic stretches or run
drills, such as lunges, squats, heel flicks or a-skips
4 x [45secs moderate/2:15mins easy]
10secs max effort; 2mins easy
15secs max effort; 2:30mins easy
20secs max effort; 3mins easy
25secs max effort; 3:30mins easy
30secs max effort; 4mins easy
Adapt for beginners
Either follow the structure as set but reduce max effort to vigorous OR keep max effort reps to 10secs while following recovery as set.
Adapt for Ironman
Keep time of max effort at 30secs but follow the same rest intervals. You could also repeat in reverse.
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