Treadmill Workouts Made Easy

Mile Repeats

Warm-up

  • Set treadmill to 2-percent incline
  • Jog slowly for 8 minutes

Main Set

  • Keep at 2-percent incline
  • Raise speed to individual preference*
  • Set watch for 6-minute interval

Recovery

  • Keep at 2-percent incline
  • Lower speed to 3 mph
  • Set watch for 2 1/2 to 3 minutes
  • Repeat main set and recovery for 3 sets

Cooldown

  • Keep at 2-percent incline
  • Jog slowly for 5 to 8 minutes
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Endurance

  • Set treadmill to 2-percent incline for entire workout

Warm-up

  • Jog slowly for 5 minutes

Main Set

  • Increase speed by .3 mph for 5 minutes
  • Increase speed to .3 mph for each 5-minute increment thereafter until you reach a total of 30 minutes (including warm-up)
Cooldown
  • Jog slowly for 5 minutes

This workout will help you run stronger at the end of races.

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*All main sets of workouts are designed to be performed at either 80 to 90 percent of maximum heart rate, or 80 to 90 percent of your 5K race pace. After a few workouts you should be able to gauge which target pace is right for your best performance. A rule of thumb for maximum heart rate is 220 minus your age.

Enjoy these workouts and, with determination, you will become a faster runner.

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