Pack Your Water Bottle!
Sometimes switching an outside run to the treadmill feels like cheating. Extreme heat, cold, ice, wind, rain, and even the weight of a growing child (for those of us who push youngsters) can make a run on the treadmill more enticing than a battle with the elements. Fighting through such conditions may make us tougher, stronger, and arguably a true competitor to the core, but I’ve got one training strategy to help relieve some of the guilt in moving a workout indoors.
Pack your water bottle!
It happens to the best of us. Who really wants to choke their way through every race day aid station? Taking in fuel near race pace speeds can be tricky. A tempo or long run on the treadmill is a great place to practice taking in fluids and carbohydrates on the run.
It’s a good idea to pay attention to how the fuel goes down best. Are you more successful if you fill your mouth with one big gulp and hold it there before taking small swallows? Do you like to open the hatch and let the fluid flow through quickly? Maybe you like to take your time, holding the fluid in the mouth for a few seconds while breathing through the nose before swallowing?
Why not test how fueling works best for you on a treadmill run? There’s no crew, fuel belt, stow tree, interruptions, or worry about stolen water bottles. It’s a great way to make the most of a treadmill workout!