Treadmill workout: This time with actual running included

man in white tank top standing on treadmill
“Do I have to keep going?” Also, I could never pull off that shirt. Well, what little there is of it. Photo by Andrea Piacquadio on

(Yes, I know I had said I was going to hide all my exercise stuff from the blog, but it requires either a plugin or code, and it is not a high priority (but will be done eventually). To compensate, I have included a stock photo of a treadmill with this post to make it more visually interesting, if not stunning.)

Today I debated whether to go outside for a run. It looked like it would be around -5C to -3C in the morning and while that is better than -9C, I dithered long enough that I defaulted to the treadmill.

I kept the incline and speed the same as before, but after hitting 3 km, I started getting fidgety, and instead of stopping, I cranked the speed from 6.7 to 8.7. You can only walk at 8.7 if you have giraffe legs, which I do not. So I ran for about the last km and stopped at 4K, which is also a fine resolution.

The running part was not as horrible as I remembered, so I might just do a run from the start the next time I am on the treadmill.

Wednesday is calling for 0-2C in the morning with a chance of rain or snow, so I am uncertain where I will be running, but we’ll see!

Speed: 6.7-8.7 (6.7)
Incline: 1 (1)

Pace: 8:14/km (8:30/km)
Time: 33:09 (30.00)
Distance: 4.03 km (3.53 km)
Calories burned: 387 (292)
BPM: 142 (129)

Treadmill workout: Two whole days in a row!

I mean, it’s not a run day, and I have vowed to either go for a walk every non-run day, or do a treadmill workout. Today I decided to do the treadmill because it’s sitting there right behind me. It’s hard to beat that kind of convenience.

The only change from yesterday is running the speed at 6.7 the entire time. As you can see below, my pace was much faster and my BPM was lower, both nice to see. I managed to burn fewer calories, but that’s just body weirdness and rounding errors.

I can verify that I do not suffer from DMS1Dry Mouth Syndrome when using the treadmill in January. I also gave the water bottle a better rinsing today so the water didn’t taste funny in that “not haha funny” way.

All in all, it was fine.

Speed: 6.7 (6.7)
Incline: 1 (1)

Pace: 8:30/km (8:48/km)
Time: 30:00 (30.00)
Distance: 3.53 km (3.41 km)
Calories burned: 292 (317)
BPM: 129 (133)

Treadmill workout: One million years later

It was cold (near freezing) and raining this morning, with the possibility of snow, so I didn’t go for my usual Monday run.

By late afternoon, I was feeling guilty enough to get on the treadmill for half an hour. The last time I did this was eight months ago.

The most surprising part wash how weirdly easy it felt. I turned the incline to 1, the speed from 6.0 to 6.5, then to 6.7. I never felt tired, I was never thinking, “Why won’t this END?!”

It turns out that running regularly makes walking fast kind of easy!


Speed: 6.5-6.7 (6.5)
Incline: 1 (0)

Pace: 8:48/km (9:14/km)
Time: 30:00 (37.15)
Distance: 3.41 km (4.03 km)
Calories burned: 317 (235)
BPM: 133 (119)

Treadmill workout: Guilt-induced

This was a weird combo of guilt and not really wanting to go out for a walk. I had a serving of french fries as an afternoon snack, then immediately felt bad about it, so cast about for ideas and decided to do a half hour or so treadmill workout to make amends.

I turned all the fans up to max beforehand, got my bottle of water ready and watched a few videos on YouTube. It went fine. I paused several times due to the video having technical issues, which was slightly annoying. My knees seem okay, having gone through their briskest workout since my last run, but not nearly as impactful as an actual run.


Speed: 6.5
Incline: 0

Pace: 9:14/km
Time: 37.15
Distance: 4.03 km
Calories burned: 235
BPM: 119

Treadmill workout: totally casual

I was focused on other stuff today and skipped the Friday run, intending to catch up by doing a walk in the afternoon or something.

But I got too wrapped up and missed my window. Also, the weather was kind of lousy today–wet and cold, more like winter than spring–and so I found myself mid-evening faced with either a dark ‘n soggy walk, or hitting the treadmill.

I chose the latter, but took a decidedly casual approach, tweaking the speed down from 6.5 to 6.3 and just walking for about half an hour. All of the stats are slightly lower than the last workout, as expected, but I closed my rings and have assuaged the guilt of sitting on my butt for a good part of the day.

We’ll see if my Garmin watch yells at me in the morning for exercising so close to bedtime.


Speed: 6.3
Incline: 0

Pace: 9:39/km
Time: 30:11
Distance: 3.12 km
Calories burned: 218
BPM: 112

Treadmill workout: Lazy and sort of indifferent

Yes, I’m bad. I waited until late evening to complete my rings. I just didn’t feel like going for even a short 15-minute walk. As punishment, I started a 30-minute treadmill workout shortly after 10 p.m.

Unlike recent treadmill excursions, I was rather sluggish tonight. I didn’t feel bad, but I guess I wasn’t feeling it1Or maybe the watch didn’t accurately record the workout, maybe!. At least I didn’t go sliding off the end.


Speed: 6.5
Incline: 0

Pace: 9:35/km
Time: 30:06
Distance: 3.13 km
Calories burned: 227
BPM: 114

Treadmill workout: I’m not suddenly agoraphobic, I swear

It was quite nice today–mild and sunny, a perfect day for a walk.

But instead, I went on the treadmill.

I walked to the store and back, though, so I did go outside, just not for a general walk. So it’s totes OK!

What’s weird about today’s treadmill workout is I literally did not have to change any of the stats. Every stat you see below for today’s workout exactly matches yesterday’s workout. What are the odds? Also, a lot of 3s in there. Is 3 a lucky number? Will I win $3 million soon? Here’s hoping! Faintly!


Speed: 6.5
Incline: 0

Pace: 9:13/km
Time: 30:04
Distance: 3.26 km
Calories burned: 233
BPM: 113

Treadmill workout: Bad dog

On my non-run days, I normally complete my exercise ring by going out for a walk. Since I walk fast and usually have a few minutes on ye olde exercise ring before heading out, I can wrap the whole thing up in less than 30 minutes. Easy peasy.

But after yesterday’s BDI1Bad Dog Incident. See here. I didn’t really feel like strolling to the park and face the possibility of being bitten repeatedly and torn apart. So I did a 30-minute workout on the treadmill and watched some YouTube videos.

The workout was fine.

And I’ll confess, I kind of watch The Tech Chap’s videos not just because he is a knowledgeable sort of person and his videos are well-made, but also because he’s totally the kind of guy I’d be chasing after if I was magically single and 30 years old again. And if he was into guys. And a billion other factors that would need to fall into place to support my absurd fantasy scenario.


Speed: 6.5
Incline: 0

Pace: 9:13/km
Time: 30:04
Distance: 3.26 km
Calories burned: 23
BPM: 113

Treadmill workout: Maybe I could have ran?

It’s been milder and less winter-like the last few days, though still short of seasonal, and while the amount of snow I saw on the trail yesterday would have precluded running (especially with the remaining snow being very squishy and slippery), it’s possible enough might have melted overnight to make a run possible. But I didn’t feel like checking, and there was probably still too much snow still, anyway.

So yet another treadmill workout, with a load of YouTube videos.

The workout was fine, pretty much the same as the last 5K I did. Actually, I checked and my BPM was a tad higher and my pace a tad slower. Fat and old, I guess!


Speed: 6.5
Incline: 0

Pace: 9:15/km
Time: 46:26
Distance: 5.02 km
Calories burned: 401
BPM: 123

Treadmill workout: Garmin style

Not to be confused with Gangnam Style.

Today, I wore both my Apple Watch and Garmin Forerunner 255 for my treadmill workout, to see how they compared. Let’s take a look! Also, I messed up a bit at the end on the Garmin, as you will see.

  • Heart rate: Identical. Yes, both the Garmin and Apple watches agreed my BPM was 121. This is good!
  • Average Pace: Garmin thought I was faster, 9:00/km vs. 9:10/km for Apple
  • Total distance: As expected, Garmin logged more, 5.13 km vs. Apple at 5.02 km
  • Calories burned: Despite being slower, Apple felt I burned more calories, 391 vs.376 for Garmin.

Where I messed up was the end. The Garmin watch prompted me to enter the distance, which I thought was odd, because it clearly tracked it, not realizing this was a calibration step (which it notes after entering the distance). I should have entered the distance showing on the treadmill’s display, but did not, so it’s slightly off. I’ll see if it lets me calibrate again next time, though I’m also not sure if I really want to wear two watches on the treadmill (or at all).

The 5K workout went fine, though. I felt more vigorous doing it mid-afternoon than mid-evening.

Stats (Apple):

Speed: 6.5
Incline: 0

Pace: 9:10/km
Time: 46:03
Distance: 5.02 km
Calories burned: 391
BPM: 121

Stats (Garmin):

Speed: 6.5
Incline: 0

Pace: 9:00/km
Time: 46:03
Distance: 5.13 km
Calories burned: 376
BPM: 121

Treadmill workout: Make your own title

Another day, more snow. I didn’t feel like going for a walk and having to navigate the shoveled vs. unshoveled areas, so with 17 minutes to fill on my exercise ring, I once again did half an hour on the treadmill. And in mid-evening, which will probably not help my sleep.

Kind of dumb, but at least I’m keeping the cardio up.


Speed: 6.5
Incline: 0

Pace: 9:22/km
Time: 31:45
Distance: 3.39 km
Calories burned: 247
BPM: 116

Treadmill workout: February snow, Part 2

Today would have been a run day, but no, it had to snow. And snowed again today, with only 20 days until spring. Who ordered this weather? Not me!

The workout was once again fine. 30 minutes on the treadmill, all the usual sweaty goodness. I watched a couple of videos on film criticism (one knocking soft reboots, the other outlining how terrible the blocking and pacing of Jurassic World Dominion was). The videos were also fine. I agreed with the points made.


Speed: 6.5
Incline: 0

Pace: 9:19/km
Time: 30:52
Distance: 3.31 km
Calories burned: 232
BPM: 116