Yea, I know treadmill running is for “softies.” But when the next blizzard or heat wave hits, it's good to know a few treadmill running workouts to challenge yourself. If you want treadmill running to be less monotonous (who doesn't?), then knowing a few treadmill tricks can help keep things fresh.
Runner's World recommends setting your treadmill's elevation to at least a few degrees of elevation. “This compensates for the lack of air resistance in treadmill running and makes your speeds roughly equivalent to similar speeds outdoors,” writes Owen Anderson.
Runner's World also recommends these four treadmill running workouts:
You can also add this interval workout to your treadmill running workout repertoire: