The internet started buzzing after Swift shared the workout she used to prepare for the “Era’s Tour” in an article in Time’s Person of the Year issue. She explained that as a part of her training to physically prepare for the show she ran on the treadmill every day while singing the concert’s entire 3-hour setlist.
She set the speed “fast for fast songs, and a jog or a fast walk for slow songs,” Swift told Time. While we don’t know the exact speed Taylor ran or walked, Runner’s World used the beats per minute of each song to estimate she logged about 16 miles during her workouts.
Thus, the Taylor Swift “Eras Tour” treadmill challenge was born. The challenge requires you to attempt to run through the entire 3-hour setlist while lip syncing the songs (or quietly singing them aloud).
So … fun, but extremely challenging.
Admittedly, the only cardio exercise I get besides walking is running for five minutes at a time on the treadmill and playing tennis 3-4 times a week. So this was definitely outside of my comfort zone. And to be honest, when the time came to actually hop on the treadmill, I was dreading it.
The videos on social media feature people donning sparkly attire, makeup and other fun accessories to really channel their inner Taylor. I thought they may be on to something and was looking for something to help psych me up for the physical feat.
I procrastinated heading to the gym for over an hour. So, in an attempt to motivate myself to get moving I decided to give a costume a try and opted for understated (but totally outside of my comfort zone) red lipstick. It did the job and I headed for the gym.