When I first started, besides my shoes, I had no other gear to help me brave the cold weather-and thats because I didn’t WANT to brave the weather. So I ran and ran and ran indoors. I did my 3 miles, my 4 miles and even up to 8 miles on a Treadmill. Then I ran out of Biggest Looser episodes and was forced outside. That first run set me free and my LOVE for running began at that moment. Now, I can’t even stand to do 2 miles-today was very tough. (I still run indoors when the husband goes out cycling-it’s a give and take relationship we have)
Anyway, I actually did some research on how to run on the treadmill before starting to make sure I utilized what I had.
There are several pages worth of info if you google ‘training on a treadmill’ with lots of helpful support as well as plans to use the treadmill to your advantage. You can use them to work inclines and if your treadmill does it (mine doesn’t) you can use it to work declines as well.
Here is a fellow who has run a half, two full and an extreme trail ultramarathon-and all training was done on the treadmill.
So there you go-the hubby is off to work early, you cant leave the kids alone-for me, it wasn’t an excuse to reach my dream. I found a way through.