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How A 1-Mile Treadmill Workout Can Improve Your Running

Meet our new blogger, Deborah Brooks of Confessions of a Mother Runner!

Yup,  you read that right! A 1-mile treadmill run can improve your running without the wear and tear of the road. I typically run outside three days each week and do strength training or cross training on the alternate days. For the past few months, I’ve been religiously running one mile on my treadmill on my non-running days. That 1-mile run has become an integral part of my overall training plan–but the reasons why might surprise you.

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Here’s how to use a 1-mile treadmill workout to improve your running:


A 1-mile run the day after your long run is a great way to wake up your legs while ensuring that you don’t hinder your recovery. Remember: this is an easy, slow-paced run during which you should feel invigorated.

Work On Your Form

Pick a treadmill near a mirror or tape yourself running to identify where you might need to tweak your form.

Change Your Pace

Take an opportunity to test out some faster speeds in short bursts or practice a faster finish.

Ups And Downs

Got a hilly race coming up? Practice varying your terrain to mimic that of part of your anticipated race course. After all, hills are speedwork in disguise!

Warm It Up

Doing a 1-mile warmup mile before your strength training or cross training gets your heart rate up and calorie burn into high gear.

The dreaded treadmill now has lots of new possibilities. Happy running, friends!


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Confessions of a Mother Runner

Confessions of a Mother Runner

I am Deborah of Confessions of a Mother Runner. I live in Northern Virginia with my husband and two teens. As a lifelong vegetarian, I've always been passionate about healthy living and fitness. Looking for partners in crime, I started my own chapter of Moms Run This Town, which has grown to more than 700 running moms. I've met so many incredible women who inspire me daily to keep moving forward and challenging myself. You can usually find me running with my mom squad and training for the next crazy adventure they have talked me into. The 10K race is my favorite distance and I love the challenge of triathlon races, as well. As a Girls on The Run Coach, nothing makes me happier than volunteering my time to work with elementary school girls. I like to think I am influencing the next generation of female runners and moms-to-be. Vegetarian cooking is one of my passions; you can find original "Meatless Monday" recipes on my blog each week. Readers can contact me on Twitter and Instagram and by visiting my blog, Confessions of a Mother Runner.