If you're like me, you've been spending more time in the gym and on the treadmill due to the super chilly winter weather. And if you're like me and you almost instantly become bored when running or walking on the treadmill, then you will love this treadmill ladder workout. Lately, I've been using it as a walking workout since I'm currently in the off-season from running and have been focusing more on strength training and lower-intensity cardio workouts. But it can also be used as a running workout, it just all depends on what your current goals and priorities are.
Let's talk about running on the treadmill. It's not a very fun thing to do. You feel like a hamster, you have to stare at one thing (usually the time ticking away on the clock) for the entire time, and a pace that might feel somewhat moderate while outdoors sometimes feels like an enormous struggle. Up until last week I had the pleasure of going several months without having run on a treadmill. But when that polar vortex came along, it really threw my running routine off; To the point where I hadn't run in almost four days because it was just too damn cold outside.
This time last year, I was in the midst of training for the Hampton's Half Marathon. At the time, my weeks were filled with 8, 9, 10, and even 11-mile workouts. But this year, I have no long-distance fall races planned. I'm giving my legs a nice little rest from any sort of serious racing. I've been devoting a lot of my time to yoga and only running 2 or 3 days per week.
Steady-paced cardio sessions can get real boring, real fast. With intervals, the time flies by faster than a Cookie Monster can down an entire batch of fresh chocolate chip cookies.
Speaking of switching up your cardio routine… Today that is exactly what I did. I mean, I didn’t make any drastic changes, but I did get on the elliptical, which is something I have not done in a very long time. I think I avoid it a lot because I kind of associate it with “non-work.” Like, the elliptical was the machine I went to at the gym in college and just sort of passively spent 20 minutes on so that I wouldn’t have to feel bad about “not going to the gym.” What a great workout plan that was!