Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Workout Wednesday - Treadmill Interval Routines

At 30 degrees, grey and occasionally rainy for the past few days, we've reached typical DC winter weather and the point where it is too crappy for me to run outside. That means either a) not running anymore or b) a return to the dreaded treadmill. 

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Since I don't want to lose the totally legit running cred I've built up by running TWO WHOLE 5Ks, back to the dreaded treadmill it is. Boredom makes running very fast or long on the treadmill hard for me, so I like to keep it interesting with intervals. Plus, interval training is also really good for you! Here's a few of my current favorite treadmill interval routines.

This routine is the ultimate boredom buster. Not only is it an interval routine, but each of the 6 intervals is different! With three difficulty options it's appropriate for different fitness levels, although I found even the intermediate option pretty challenging.

This workout isn't as difficult cardio-wise as the first routine, but the hills kill my leg and butt muscles.

This routine is tough for me because instead of alternating between fast and slow intervals of similar length you are slowly building up speed for 7 minutes before slowing down. But it's great for building endurance and makes me feel like a best to finish. 

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Q: Do you love or hate the treadmill? What's your favorite treadmill interval workout? 


  1. I have a love-hate relationship with the treadmill. They are great for interval training and boring for anything else! I haven't done a specific workout but these look pretty good!

    1. Totally agree about the love/hate treadmill relationship and I'm always looking for ways to make it less boring. Hope you like these interval workouts :)

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