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The #Dreadmill Transformation

FULL DISCLOSURE: This is not an ad, but I'm totally going to be touting a product. Sadly, I'm not getting paid for this. 

It's winter. I have spring 5K plans. It's winter. 

Those of you who know me know that I really dislike running in cold weather. I also dislike running in the dark, trying to find a running buddy who goes my pace, and trying to fit my weekday schedule around a group run. Group runs are great, but the only time I've ever made a weekday group run work was when I paid for speed sessions. And it's cold. It gets dark early. It's cold and windy at lunchtime. Lately, the sidewalks are either snow or ice covered - or both. UGH. I'd have to go inside to have a safe, quality run. 

Enter Peloton Digital.  Yes, that Peloton. With the $2400 bike and the $4400 treadmill. I do not own either, nor do I have plans to own them. I do have the app, which, let's me take live or on-demand Peloton classes. For the longest time, I didn't do any running classes. But last Tuesday, I thought, if I have to run indoors, I might as well be engaged in something while I do it. The reason why people would buy the bike or the tread is to be more 'connected' to the live classes - then you get to see the leaderboard, and can 'race' others taking the class. Me? I'm usually just racing myself, so having that access isn't that big of a deal to me. 

Let me tell you, it has been transformative. It's like I have my coached group workouts again. No pressure to go a specific speed, only what speed works for me in that moment. Do I get challenged? Heck yes I do. And I love it. Instead of just plodding along at the same speed, I'm speeding up and slowing down, changing the incline, or maybe just focusing on my heart rate to really get that endurance training in. It's seriously transformed the #dreadmill into enjoyable treadmill running for me. I really feel like I'm getting a quality workout in, and that I'm improving as a runner. 

For example, this past Sunday, we had another round of winter weather roll through, leaving 1/4" to 1/2" of ice along roads and sidewalks. And where water pools, there were mini ice rinks. AND there were 24 MPH winds, gusting to 32 MPH. I don't run in that sh!t. So, the future hubs and I went to the gym, where I did a 10 minute warmup class on the Peloton app, followed by a 45 minute funk run. I ran up and down hills and did some speed intervals, topping out at 5K speed. It's two days later and I'm still on the high of killing that run, which otherwise would have been a boring, 4-mile plod. I've already become attached to one instructor who ran a sub-3:00 marathon in 2017. 

All that to say … I'm really excited I discovered the joy of these classes for indoor running. It's injected a new level of excitement that I just really need right now. They also do outdoor guided runs, which I feel like could be nice or be a disaster - what if I'm running a hilly route and they are all like, 'SPRINT!'? But, I will give those a try when it gets nicer. 

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Sounds pretty awesome. Anything that can make someone positively blog about the dreadmill must be good.

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Good stuff! I have seen a friend's Strava activities feature photos from these classes.

I didn't realize they had just an app version that you can use without their equipment. I took a quick look at their site. Is it just live classes only? Guess I'm wondering if you have to be on their schedule or can you just on demand start up a recorded session?

 

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I've actually been enjoying the treadmill lately, especially when I want to avoid busting my ass on the greenways. However, I just put my earbuds in and zone out. I never run with music so that's the added bonus for me. Those classes sound fun!!

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20 hours ago, mattw said:

Good stuff! I have seen a friend's Strava activities feature photos from these classes.

I didn't realize they had just an app version that you can use without their equipment. I took a quick look at their site. Is it just live classes only? Guess I'm wondering if you have to be on their schedule or can you just on demand start up a recorded session?

 

You can take on demand! I've yet to take a live class.

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I don't have access to such high tech gadgetry, but I definitely hear you.  In my advancing age, as my body slows and creaks, I find that my old bread-and-butter easy runs are becoming unsatisfying slogs.  So I'm beginning to experiment with more variation, hills, speedwork, tempos, fartleks...you get the idea.  Hopefully, it will keep things as fun for me as the dreadmill is for you.  And, of course, with our ideal winter weather, I get to do it outside!

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I don't have easy access to a track, so I do a lot of speed work on the TM. I'll have to check these out, anything to make the 'mill less boring is welcome. 

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I'm done running on poor footing, so that app sounds good to me. Right now I watch CNN on the mill and that's not very satisfying. 

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4 hours ago, CompulsiveRunner said:

I'm done running on poor footing, so that app sounds good to me. Right now I watch CNN on the mill and that's not very satisfying. 

I find the news these days unsatisfying too. 😉

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Missouri winters are hard.  We had winds gusting to 40 mph and I ran in it, but regretted it.  😉

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