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treadmill fear

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

So I've decided to run a 5k in May. This last week has been my attempt to start training. It is freeze-your-nose-off cold here, so I started by doing the wii fit runs last week.
last night was my first opportunity to get on the treadmill in a week, so I wanted to try my new running concept on it. i got the speed up to about 4 mph, and attempted a light jog.
I discovered I have an overwhelming fear of running on the treadmill. i'm not sure why. I feel like i'm going to fall off the thing. I do not get this fear running in place on the solid ground. after a couple minutes, I brought the speed down to 3.5 and did a brisk walk for the rest of my workout.
how do I overcome this fear of running on a treadmill? I don't think it's that I'm not capable of running for a few minutes at a time (I'm not expecting to run a mile yet), because I can run laps in water aerobics, and maintain a steady jog on the wii fit for 9 minutes.
I need to find a way to overcome this fear, because running outside is not an option (I can't even find the sidewalks!).
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  • no profile photo CD6939912
    So, you don't have a problem walking on the treadmill? If that is the case you should alternate between running and walking. I'm not sure what program you are following to prepare for your 5K but if it's C25K then I know it follows an alternating schedule to build up to the full run. So, try that. Also and MOST IMPORTANTLY attach your safety cord! You won't have a Biggest Loser falling off the treadmill moment if you attach your safety cord. The treadmill will cut off if you get too far away from the front of the treadmill where the safety cord is attached to the machine and to your waist of shirt. It will cut off. You wont' fall. Trust it. You won't fall. You can do it...slowly but SURELY, YOU CAN!
    3832 days ago
  • no profile photo CD8869793
    I had a hard time when I first got on the treadmill but I played around with it alot and got comfortable. Sometimes I still have problems (like accidentially turning it off) but I'm a lot more confident on it than in the past. Try different incline, speed, and pace settings.

    Like they say - Practice makes Perfect :)

    Good luck!
    3833 days ago
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