7 miles on treadmill - boring

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One of the disadvantages of traveling on weekend is I miss my long distance
road-running. This weekend because of
Conf 2007
, I had to plan my long run on a treadmill. So anyway, I got up at
5:45am and planned a 10 miler on the treadmill (few more weeks for the

). I'm a road-runner and have never run that long a distance on
treadmill but decided to give it a shot today. After running barely 4 miles I
started feeling bored. I browsed through all the channels and it was either
'Good Morning Weekend' or something else. I finally hooked on to
History channel which was showing a great
program on F16 &
F18. But even that
couldn't keep me around for long. The walls around me were the same, the scenery
was not changing and I was sweating more than normal (what else to expect in a
closed room!). I finally decided to stop at 7 miles, burnt lot of calories
because I changed the gradient from 3 to 5 multiple times but it was quite

I wonder how anybody can run

153.76 miles on a treadmill



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Comments ( 15 )
  • William Hathaway Saturday, May 19, 2007
    This winter I did almost all my training for a half-marathon on a treadmill. My main technique against boredom was to download tons of podcasts for my ipod to make sure I had plenty of interesting topics to listen to.
  • Brandon Carson Saturday, May 19, 2007
    I run between 3-7 miles a day on the treadmill. Like William, I use an iPod Nano with tons of podcasts and music. The longest I've run on a treadmill is 12 miles. It does get boring -- worse -- you can get repetitive leg injuries if you don't alter your run. I've been fighting IBT syndrome because I mostly run treadmill.
  • guest Sunday, May 20, 2007
    Thanks William and Brandon,
    I do alter my run adding up-hills and increasing/decreasing speeds. But I just could not enjoy being in a static room :) I guess I'm more a road-runner!
  • Kevin - Treadmill Reviews Editor Tuesday, August 12, 2008

    If you get bored on your treadmill try walking while you watch one of the new travelogue-type exercise videos that offer an array of majestic scenery from around the world accompanied by music with an energized beat. There are also training tapes that tell you when to change speed, incline, resistance, direction, and intensity - in other words, use all of the exercise programs on the machine to challenge your muscles.

  • Arun Gupta Tuesday, August 12, 2008

    I think I'd like a big enough TV screen around me so that it feels like running on the road. But still nothing beats running on the road :)

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    try some other things if you get bored running on your treadmill, maybe you can have a seat ups, push up or anything that can stretch your muscle.

  • Treadmills for sale Wednesday, December 22, 2010

    Treadmills can be boring, specialy at 6am & facing 10 miles. Music is always a motivator for me. Another thing you could do is run the first half outside for a better view & then finish the other 5 miles in the treadmill when you get home.

  • Treadmill Traci Thursday, May 26, 2011
    One way I have found to not be bored on a treadmill is to get one with a built in web browser. Now I am checking email before I even get to work. I can even watch hulu or youtube videos of shows from earlier in the week. It's pretty incredible, lots of fun, you should give it a try.
  • Arun Gupta Friday, May 27, 2011
    Over the years,, I've found treadmills beneficial for interval training but long runs are still pretty boring. Web browser will not help cause I'm enjoying the running itself :-)
  • guest Monday, October 3, 2011

    Boredom is only in the mind. Control the mind and you will not be bored. I enjoy both road running and treadmill, they both have their advantages. I find the treadmill far more meditative.

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  • guest Thursday, October 6, 2011

    One of the disadvantages of traveling on weekend is I miss my long distance road-running.

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