How to Get the Most Out of Your Treadmill Workouts

No one actually likes using the treadmill. It’s a machine that was designed for lab rats, not human beings. Running in place next to a bunch of other sweaty robots in a gym? No thank you. I would much rather be outdoors exploring new landscapes with the wind at my back and the sun on my face. Unfortunately, in my line of work, the treadmill often provides my only source of exercise. While you may not live in a war zone like I do, if you are a busy person who likes to run, the treadmill is usually unavoidable. They might be boring but they do offer a convenient way to get a run done in a controlled environment. In order to help ease the pain, here are a few tips for getting the most out of your treadmill workouts.

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Hitting the Wall

Another piece of wall art by Banksy

Hitting The Wall. One minute you’re cruising along, legs pumping rhythmically beneath you, and the next minute you’re brought to a grinding halt. Colours dim, noises quiet, clouds roll in. Your legs start to feel heavy and disconnected from the rest of your body. Your movements become difficult and uncoordinated. Your thoughts turn inwards and your eyes droop downwards. No matter what […]

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Woman vs Wild

Credit to Sue Anne Tay

After spending almost a month and a half in Kyrgyzstan so far, I am starting to find my way.  Despite my best efforts at learning Russian through my online Rosetta Stone program, I’m still completely reliant on my excellent miming skills in order to get through my day.  I know the words for dog, cat, rice, apple and water, but […]

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Ultrarunning in Kyrgyzstan


Kyrgyzstan. Kyrgyzstan. Kyrgyzstan. No matter how many times I practice spelling it, I still don’t feel like I’m getting it right. Something seems to be missing – a vowel or maybe two – or perhaps the letters are in the wrong order. But spell check repeatedly tells me it’s right, so I shrug my shoulders and move on. That’s kind […]

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