In the winter I do a lot of running on the treadmill. As a mother of three, whose husband leaves for work at o-dark-thirty, I don’t have any other option most days. I have learned to appreciate my treadmill for what it allows me to do when I otherwise couldn’t. I would venture to say that my Landice treadmill is one the best investments I’ve ever made in my health and well-being.
I NEED to watch something while I run on the hamster wheel.
Here are 10 TV Series that have kept me entertained during countless runs. These are all shows that kept me engaged enough that I wanted to keep running to see what happens during the next episode. Like my running shoes, I save these shows for when I run. When I wake up in the morning, I look forward to my treadmill run because I am excited for what I plan on watching.
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Dexter: I credit this show to helping me to run 30 miles on a treadmill while training for a spring marathon one year.
Weeds: I still hum the theme song from this one. My husband could never get in to it. Maybe if I had watched it while not running, I might have felt the same, but it did the trick on the treadmill.
Orange Is The New Black: The acting in this show is amazing. Crime and comedy are my two treadmill must haves.
House of Cards: Streaming series are my favorite for treadmill runs because you can binge watch them. I also prefer when all episodes are already available or become available all at once. It’s painful waiting a week for a new episode when you have 20 miles to run.
The Wire: I liked this Baltimore based crime drama so much that I’ve been considering adding it to my list of shows to re-watch while running.
Homeland: I’ve enjoyed watching Claire Danes since My So Called Life and I like her just as much in this series. This is a political thriller. Growing up in Virginia in a family who was involved with politics has made me a sucker for this type of show.
Ray Donovan: You may be noticing a trend, crime drama keeps me running, literally.
The Killing: This crime drama is a bit slower than some of the others I have suggested but it still did the job, especially for runs under an hour.
Luther: How can you not like a crime drama that has Idris Elba in it (also see The Wire). I’m not a huge James Bond girl but you can bet I will head to the theaters if he gets picked to be the next one.
Shameless: This show and family is a train wreck, and who doesn’t like to watch a little drama from time to time.