(Closed) At What Speed Do You Spend Most Of Your Time On Your Treadmill?

posted 6 years ago in Fitness
  • poll: At What Speed Do You Spend Most Of Your Time On Your Treadmill?
    2-2.9 mph : (4 votes)
    3 %
    3-3.9 mph : (22 votes)
    15 %
    4-4.9 mph : (19 votes)
    13 %
    5-5.9 mph : (29 votes)
    20 %
    6-6.9 mph : (28 votes)
    19 %
    7-7.9 mph : (16 votes)
    11 %
    8-8.9 mph : (2 votes)
    1 %
    9+ mph : (1 votes)
    1 %
    I use an incline : (24 votes)
    17 %
  • Post # 3
    241 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2014 - Kukahiko Estate

    I don’t like the treadmill that much…but when I do use it, I set it at short intervals aternating between 4.5 and 6.  4.5 is a normal jog for me, and 6 is a slow run.

    I’m not a strong runner so I can’t do it for very long, and I normally use it as a warmup.

    Post # 4
    3552 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    I’ve got a respiratory disorder, so walking very fast on an incline is the best that I can do. I sometimes try to do short sprints but I usually can”t breathe 2 minutes into them.

    Post # 5
    1381 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    I alternate between speed walking (3.6) and slow running (5.6 – 6).  I would love to be one of those long-distance runners but my flat feet won’t let me Tongue Out

    Post # 6
    2755 posts
    Sugar bee

    Right now, I’m doing the Couch to 5k program and it has me doing 60 seconds of running alternated with 90 seconds of walking (though I think today I’m getting bumped up to 90 seconds of running… eik!)

    I’m pretty slow as someone who’s never run before, and I also have short legs that prevent me from walking SUPER fast – usually I walk at a speed of 3.0 and bump it to 3.5-3.7 for the running portions. But I’m aiming for being at 4.0 for the running by next week.

    I hope to eventually run at a much higher pace, but I’m not pushing my body til it gets used to running 🙂

    Post # 7
    2065 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: December 2011

    I’ve got heart issues, so I can’t jog/run for very long without my HR shooting up over 200. On the occasions that I hop on the treadmill, I usually alternate walking 2 minutes at 3mph and jogging 1 minute at 5mph, for about 30 minutes total.

    Post # 8
    3823 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    I typically run outside but I own a treadmill so I can use it on bad weather days (especially during training). I run around a 10 min/mi so that’s about 6 mph. 

    Post # 9
    1855 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    My comfortable long-run tmill pace is around 5.5, but I’m just clicking along.  When I do intervals, I go between 5 and 7, but I’m full out sprinting at 7 and breathing hard.  Since I do distance running, my goal is usually more about endurance and less about killing myself, but it’s fun to mix it up every now and then.  Most of my runs are outside, though, since the tmill can get pretty boring for me…

    ETA: I always use a 1% incline when running because with anything less, the tmill is doing the work for you.

    Post # 10
    277 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    I like to do intervals on the treadmill or else I get way too bored (but I prefer to run outside and only resort to the treadmill if I absolutely have to).  

    I always add an incline of at least 1 (I read somewhere that you should do this because it mimics the wind resistance you face when running outside. Not sure if that’s true at all but now it’s just become habit).  I usually add more of an incline though because I love hill running and it just feels like a better workout.  

    I generally do 60 seconds of sprinting alternating with 90-120 sec of comfortable jogging.  And I always try to total at least 30 minutes of running, plus a 3 minute walk both to warm up and cool down.

    ETA: My sprints are usually around 7.5mph and my jogging is more around 5-5.5mph.  My walk is usually a 3-3.5.

    Post # 11
    132 posts
    Blushing bee

    I usually run between 6-7.5 most of the time, though I do like to increase the speed if I feel I am able to push myself a little further. I don’t really have a set routine since I like to rotate between machines, but I usually run two miles and then slow down between 4-5 for one mile. I really just wing it most of the time depending on how energized I’m feeling; so, I’ll usually try to run at a higher intensity for a longer interval before doing a resting lap/mile. My main goal is to really just push myself to do better than the day or week before. 

    Post # 12
    5475 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I like shorter, faster runs or intervals on a treadmill.

    For my short-ish runs (3-5 miles) I would start off around 6.5 or 7 with a small incline, then every half mile I bump up my speed.  My last mile is usually 8.5 and no incline.

    For intervals I would run hard at 8.5 for 2 or 3 minutes, then walk at 3.8 or 4.0 for one minute, and go back and forth between the two for anywhere between 2 and 5 miles.

    *This is all pre-pregnancy, of course.  I’m not doing diddly squat on a treadmill these days!

    Post # 13
    155 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    @MissCalifornia:  I did this program last Spring and it worked great! I have always been an athlete but even in peak physical health have never been a runner. I was running 2.5 miles without a problem in no time!

    Good luck with it!

    Post # 14
    1748 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    I use the TM to do speed work. So I’ll start at a 7.4 and work up to an 8 and back down. 

    Post # 15
    1188 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    I only use the treadmill during the winter, but when I’m outside I try to do similar type runs. 

    I run 4-5 days a week with a different type of run each day. I vary the order week to week to keep from getting bored. 

    Day 1 – Sprint intervals: Start at 6 or 6.2 mph, run for 2 minutes. Speed up to 7 or 7.2 mph for two minutes. Drop back down to 6 or 6.2 for 2 minutes. I run a total of 30 minutes. 

    Day 2 – Fast 5k: I basically try to decrease my 5k time/increase my speed each week. 

    Day 3 – Incline intervals: Speed stays the same at 6 or 6.2. I increase the incline by 1 every two minutes until the halfway point. Then I decrease the incline by 1 until I’m back to 0. 30 minutes. 

    Day 4 – Combine speed & incline intervals: I start at 6 or 6.2 and zero incline. At 2 minutes, I increase the incline. 2 minutes after that I increase my speed. I continue that to the halfway point and then work my way back down. 

    Day 5 – Easy day: I run at a lower speed for the entire 30 minutes. 

    Varying your routine not only helps you from becoming bored, but it helps to keep your metabolism from leveling out over time. 

    Post # 16
    9677 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I do a few basic things:

    I will run at 5.7-6.0 mph (running comfortably, 3+ miles)

    I walk with the incline at 13-15% (max) at 3.1-3.2 mph

    I walk normally at 3.5 mph (no incline, or inclines up to 10%)

    Most times if I am inside on the treadmill I will run for 3-4 miles and then do another 20-30 min alternating between all of these things.  Oh, and I’ve never been a fast runner.  I prefer to do anything more than 6 miles outside.

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