Running In Place

While most of the US is busy enjoying a summer of fair weather runs, those of us here in the South are busy seeking comfort in the closest air conditioned room. I’m not sure how many of you have noticed, but summer is officially here and it’s a bit warm out. Scratch that, it’s downright HOT. For some runners, early mornings and proper hydration allow for a season of uninterrupted training, while for others, summer simply means surviving until fall.

The treadmill provides an alternative to those summer days when getting outside for a run just isn’t an option. While the treadmill is not always viewed as the “knight in shining armor” of a distressed damsel looking for a run, it is an effective means to getting in the miles. Following are a few quick tips to help make the most of the time spent running in place.

  1. Have a clear plan in place before hitting the treadmill for a run. There are a number of reasons for this including time management, mental clarity, and training intentionality. Whether a recovery run or a goal specific interval session, treating the run as such will ensure a successful workout.
  2. The treadmill is the perfect opportunity to be more conscious of running form and to make improvements if necessary. Keys to keep in mind include keeping your head up and eyes focused on an imaginary horizon, executing proper arm swing, and maintaining appropriate foot cadence.
  3. It is key to replicate the changes in terrain and pace that are experienced when running outdoors. Varying both pace and incline on the treadmill will reduce stress on the body and help to occupy the mind.
  4. Due to the lack of air circulation, proper hydration and fans are vital to combat dehydration and overheating. Do not ignore the potential to be at risk for heat related issues simply because you are indoors.

Keep in mind that the treadmill is simply another tool available to help you meet your training goals. Use it wisely and with a clear plan in order to fully realize its potential benefits. There is no substitute for getting out the door and enjoying the wind in your hair. It’s just that when the wind in Memphis feels more like a hot hair dryer, getting inside might not be so terrible.

Do you have questions about getting started or finding a plan to work for you? Stop in and talk to anyone on our staff. We’ll be happy to help!

Feb is the General Manager and Footwear Buyer at Fleet Feet Sports. Most of his decisions are determined by rock, paper, scissors. For more information call (901) 761-0078 or visit our website at

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