Yup, you read that right! A one-mile treadmill run sure can improve your running without the wear and tear of the road. The reasons why might surprise you. Here are 5 ways to use your treadmill you may never have thought of. Excerpts from this post first appeared on Women’s Running.
How to use a one mile treadmill run to improve your running
The often disliked treadmill can be a very useful tool for runners to improve their form and endurance. Check out these 5 ways to add a short treadmill run to your running routine and reap the rewards.
A one mile treadmill run the day after your long run is a great way to wake up your legs while ensuring that you don’t hinder your recovery. Remember this is an easy, slower paced run that will leave you feeling invigorated.
Improve your form
Set up your phone to record yourself running to help identify where you might need to tweak your form. If you have never watched yourself run, it can be very eye opening.
Change up your pace
Use your one mile treadmill run as an opportunity to test out some faster speeds in short bursts or practice a faster finish. Treadmill runs are also a great place to force yourself to do a slower run.
Ups and downs
Hilly race coming up? Practice varying your terrain to mimic that of part of your racecourse. Hills are speedwork in disguise after all.
Warm it up
Doing a one-mile warm-up mile before your strength training or cross-training gets your heart rate up and calorie burn in high gear.
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