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Treadmill Training with Zwift Running

Disclaimer: I received a Zwift RunPod as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review, find, and write race reviews!

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What is Zwift Runing?

ZwiftRun is a FREE running app that works with a shoe pod and any treadmill to make indoor training into a competitive game.  You can work through training plans designed to go faster and longer. You can also join other runners in virtual group runs, which is how I used ZwiftRun

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How does it work?

The lightweight device ($29.99 at the Zwift site) tracks speed, distance and cadence to power your avatar in Zwift. You need to create an account with Zwift. Then you should download the Zwift App. The app will walk you through setting up your Run Pod device and calibrating it to your treadmill.

Once everything is set up, you can join group runs called Events or work on your own through many plans for all levels of running. Pretty awesome options for such a small device!

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How I used Zwift Running

BibRave Pros used this device to participate in Turn It Up Tuesdays group run events. Each Tuesday had a different form of run. We ran intervals, hills, and tempo runs. The App guided us through a warmup and into the run. It prompted us to increase our speed and incline and decrease as needed. We each had our own avatar so we could see ourselves with our group.

Things to Consider

Right now, the Zwift Run app is free. There are 2 apps that work with the virtual running programs. The Zwift Companion is for your account management and for event sign ups. The Zwift app is where you find the actual program. You can also sign up for events on the regular Zwift app. The Companion gives more information on the events.

You might want to consider using a tablet. I used my iphone and I had several moments of squinting while on the treadmill. A larger tablet would work much better.

It’s no secret that I do NOT like running on a treadmill. It’s just boring. Zwift Running has been a game changer in my treadmill running. I have a plan to follow, other runners to join group runs, and training plans to improve my speed and distance.  Now that our “winter” weather is here, I see many more treadmill runs with Zwift in my future.

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