Treadmill Trail Run!

WTF, right?  How can I do a treadmill trail run?

Well, because I realized that for running on the treadmill, music keeps me going more than TV (the TV makes me want to walk, not run).  The one problem is that I run with music staring at a black TV screen.  No fun, right?  If we had blackout curtains, I would totally turn all the lights off and just run in the dark, but sadly, that’s not an option.

So after lots of poking around on Amazon, I dropped way more than I ever had on a single DVD and bought a running DVD.

Yesterday, dealing with yet another full day of this…


…I figured it was time to give the newly arrived DVD a try!

And you know what?  It helped.  Because while listening to music (this run’s keep-putting-on-repeat song was Soul Asylum’s “Runaway Train” go figure), I was instead staring at this…


And this… (blurriness to do with the fact I took this while running – just imagine the non-blurry image on the screen instead!)



I’ll do a full review of the DVD later, once I have tried the other runs (snow, marathon, trail, beach, etc…).  Right now my first thoughts is that it’s awesome to look at this instead of a black screen, it certainly distracted me.  Some times I would be leading the run, sometimes following a runner.  It fit both my slow pace, as well as my sprinting pace at the end. 

The stuff that annoyed me?  The random words on the screen every few minutes “play” “breathe” “believe” UGH!  I’m trying to distract myself in the views, stop giving me yet another reminder it’s all fake.  But the most annoying part was that at some point, the runner who was filming would put the camera on him every two minutes.  I DON’T WANT TO SEE YOUR SWEATY FACE WHEN I’M TRYING TO FORGET ABOUT MINE!  Plus, then it’s the feeling of me running backwards, which is odd.

Also, it doesn’t tell me how long each “run” is for.  When I was ready to sprint on my last tenth of a mile, the word “calm” jumped on the screen and the chick started walking. Then they filmed the moon for what seemed like forever.  (So I had to rewind part of it so I could continue running.)  So obviously the run was less than my planned run, so it would be nice to know that ahead of time.

But all in all?  Still better than staring a black screen.  And if anyone knows of other similar DVDs that you have tried, please let me know!

I ended up running 3 miles at a 12 min/mile pace, sprinting at a 6:40 pace on the last tenth of a mile (for you treadmill users, that’s the “9” setting).  First and last miles at a 0.5 incline, but during the middle mile I was starting to doubt I could do this and changed it to a 0 incline, putting it back up for the last mile.

I finished it with a very slow cool down walk for the last tenth of a mile. 


Will I ever be able to run a 10 miler on a treadmill?  Probably not.  But if I keep doing 3 miles here and there, I’ll be happy.


Filed under Pictures, Treadmill Run

9 responses to “Treadmill Trail Run!

  1. Beki

    I just spent 9 days in Florida (I live in Michigan, there’s a big temperature difference) and because my first Half Ironman is now a week and a half away I couldn’t really take the time off (especially since my running is the first to fall apart, unless I _really__needed_ a break, I can’t take more than 5 days off without feeling it)… I ended up getting a 10 mile run on the treadmill and I read the whole time! I have a nook, so I just made the text larger than I normally would and it worked out really well!

    • Huh, maybe I’ll try that. I can’t read and run, but wonder if the font was just big enough if I could pull it off.

      • Beki

        I learned this little trick while studying for my microbiology final!! If I didnt go for a run, I was going to go crazy but I needed the study time, too. So I loaded all my lecture notes onto my nook and just upped the font size! Now I read EVERY treadmill run!

  2. I never knew such a thing existed… Maybe we should start a blog DVD. Everyone is assigned a duration, they record a run… Then we compile them and make a DVD. 😉

    • I didn’t know it either, but research to find out if it did! There’s actually quite a few different DVD’s like that, but this seemed the most varied one, and with the most reviews.

      Considering how blurry my pics get when I take a picture while running, imagine the bouncing if I tried to film a run? (It would be awesome though, to have my old trails on DVD!)

  3. Wow, I had no idea they made dvds like that!! Glad it helped, and I’m sure the more you use it, the more you’ll learn its quirks and your favorite parts and what parts to skip.

    • Yeah, I love it, helps get me distracted. According to the reviews online there’s some inspirational talk mumbo-jumbo too, but I just put the TV on mute and used my Walkman instead! It was perfect! I have to try the other scenes as well.

  4. Cool! I read an article a while back about a guy who made those (I wonder if these are them?) and I was interested in seeing what they are like. It’s fun to see the screenshots!

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