Best Places for Indoor Running in Minnesota
With snow, slush, and all manner of messy running conditions upon us, you may want to get off the streets and trails and head indoors. You may think your only two options are to go to your local gym or to buy a treadmill for home, but thankfully in Minnesota there is a third option: indoor running tracks.
Not so long ago, the Metrodome was the bastion of relief for many runners tired of trudging through ice and cold. Every Tuesday night, runners from all over the metro area would head to downtown Minneapolis, pay $1, and run circles around the concourse. It’s wasn’t perfect, but it was a welcome change of pace to bundling up, or hopping on a treadmill. When they tore the dome down to make way for the new stadium, we started compiling the list below. We know it’s not perfect either, or complete, but maybe, just maybe it will provide you with a welcome break to winter’s relentless destruction of sure footed sidewalks.
Benefits of Indoor Running During the Winter
For most Minnesotans, saying you ran X number of miles during the winter is a point of pride. It demonstrates your ability to gear up, get out, and stay active during some of the most terrible weather anywhere. It’s probably one reason why the Twin Cities are continually one of the most fit cities in America. Don’t let a little windchill stop you! That’s why they make winter running jackets, and ski goggles, right?
If you’re training for an important spring race, it can be tricky to get in your necessary speed work outside on slippery sidewalks. While there are some great treadmill workouts out there, nothing compares to running in a more similar environment to race day. Making your way to one of these indoor running tracks a few times a month could really help boost your confidence and fitness for that important race.
Indoor Running Map
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Indoor Running Workout
Running inside at one of the above facilities can present it’s own challenges. One mile could be anything from 4.5 to 16 laps around. If you have an easy way to convert your normal road workout, do it. If not, try this:
1 On, 1 Off
This one is super simple. After warming up for 10 minutes, do 1 lap hard, then 1 lap easy. It will help you with quick leg turnover, and keep your body guessing. Do this workout for 20 minutes (or longer if you need more distance), then cool down for 10 minutes.
This is a pretty simple workout that I’ve done tons of times outside. You’ll want to do one lap of recovery between each set. 1 lap, 2 laps, 3 laps, 4 laps, 3 laps, 2 laps, 1 lap. If you’re on a super short course (like the Shakopee Community Center with its 14 laps/mile), consider doubling each set.
15 – 10 – 10 – 5
This is a workout that my coach has assigned me multiple times, and I have a love/hate relationship with it. After warming up for 10 min, run hard for 15 min. Walk/jog for 5 min, run hard for 10 min, walk 5 min, hard 10 min, walk 5 min, hard 5 min. The idea is that you run your hardest during your last 5 min. If you want to get really fancy, run the 15 min at your 10K pace, the 10 min sets at your 5K, and the last 5 min as fast as you can go.
What are some other ideas you have for running inside this winter? What other places should we add to this map? Share below!