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FITWITHIN
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9/24/12 11:19 P

I don't like running on the treadmill.



DWROBERGE
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9/24/12 11:15 P

indoor recumbent cycle year round



ALLYALLYT
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9/24/12 9:32 P

treadmill



CLRWILLIAMS25
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9/24/12 9:29 P

If you really hate the treadmill, I'd try to tough it out on the road. That being said, I'm in VA and we had a really mild winter last year, so not much ice or snow to deal with. If you're really concerned about safety in the dark and weather dangers, I'd see if you can find a gym without a contract where you can get a membership for a few months during winter. I am a member at Planet Fitness and it's only $10 per month. Also, having an ipod helps distract you on a treadmill so it's not as bad.



BLUENOSE63
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9/24/12 9:05 P

treadmill



KMMAKI
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9/24/12 8:55 P

treadmill



KRISTEN_SAYS
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9/24/12 8:48 P

Last winter I was able to run outside a lot because we hardly got any snow (I'm in upstate NY) and when it was too cold/icy I ran at the indoor track at my school. You might not want to risk slipping on ice or the dangers of running in the dark. I personally HATE treadmills but if I had to choose between running in dark/snowy/icy conditions or the treadmill, I'd go with the treadmill.



GOOFYNANNY1
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9/24/12 7:50 P

treadmill because it is safer for me I live in a development with no side walks but busy streets



CAMEOSUN
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9/24/12 1:03 P

Treadmill. It's safer. Had a friend who ran in the winter & hit a patch of black ice...she ended up in the hospital with a concussion.



RSPAPRIL281
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9/24/12 12:27 P

treadmill...but then again I like the treadmill in all seasons



PUNKYPA
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9/24/12 7:13 A

Treadmill



WELLNESSME09
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9/24/12 7:11 A

Treadmill & Elliptical !



SLIMTHICK2
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9/24/12 7:05 A

treadmill



MAGGIEVAN
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9/24/12 6:26 A

Elliptical.



ELLEKTRA
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9/24/12 2:10 A

The only things that stop me from running outside is heavy rain and ice



RUBENB2003
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9/24/12 1:24 A

I love to run outdoors in general even in winter but I run indoors to better track my pace.



PHDMAMA06
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9/24/12 12:22 A

I live in Wisconsin and run through the winter - I use a combination of treadmill running and outdoor running. For outdoors, I invested in plenty of toasty workout clothes, a light for running at night, and YakTrax for my shoes. You can also do different things for shoes, there is a way to put screws in the bottom of old running shoes to get better tread on snow and ice, although I haven't tried that.

The times that are trickiest for me to run outdoors are when there is a mix of clear pavement and patches of ice - you can't wear YakTrax on clear pavement, it will ruin them, but then you run the risk of slipping on the patches of ice...I've done that a few times and yeouch! And then when it gets below 20-25 it's honestly too cold for me to be comfortable so I run indoors. And then there are the days when I just plain old don't feel like being in the cold so I run in the gym :-/

BTW, I'm like you with the treadmill. I am one of those rare people who finds it a LOT harder than outdoors and my treadmill pace is usually a good bit slower than what I can do outside! When I run on the 'mill I usually watch TV or get a good music playlist to listen to.



TACDGB
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9/24/12 12:20 A

personally for me it's not worth the risk to run outside in the winter. I did it once and slipped and fell on the ice. I prefer to use my treadmill. I also have night blindness issues and can't see well in the dark. I also have had dogs attack me so running in the dark is out for that reason alone. I keep my running outside to summer spring and fall.



FENWAYGIRL18
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9/23/12 10:50 P

tread



SLUNDQUIS
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9/23/12 10:17 P

I am facing a similar problem too. I live in the mountains of Idaho where we get daylight from around 7:30am to about 4:30pm. This is not reasonable if you have a daytime job. I plan to go to the gym and work on a treadmill, but also bicycle, and elliptical in 15-20min increments for a total of 90-100 min of workout. I also plan on joining a Zumba or cardio-kickboxing class at night too. I don't want to lose any of what I have gained, so I probably am going over-board, but I really am loving my new fitness level. I hope this helps.



MARIETIMSON
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9/23/12 10:12 P

Hi there. I totally get wanting to run in the winter and in the past before I got so used to the treadmill.. I have.

So to answer your question- Yes there is a risk and I would suggest looking into the gipper shoes.

There is also this option for a light head gear like this- http://www.roadrunnersports.com/rrs/produc
ts/FNU109/

Perhaps something like this would help. I also suggest buying running clothes that have reflectors as well.

There is a risk...but if you have all the right gear it should be less of an issue.

Hope that helps!



GNOCERA
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9/23/12 10:03 P

I am determined not to take the winter off from running this year - I don't want to lose all the endurance I've built up over the spring and summer and have to start back at square one. I briefly tried a free membership to a gym last winter, and found that running on a treadmill seemed much harder to me than running outside. (I know - this is the opposite sentiment of what I hear from most people.) I was using it at a constant pace rather than on a program or anything, so I don't know if that was the problem. I also tried 1% or 0% incline, and they both still seemed harder than outdoor running to me. I hate the thought of trying a treadmill again, but I'd rather run on a treadmill than not at all. My concerns with running outside in the fall/winter are (1) it's getting dark too early now and is too dark in the mornings - the bike path I run on crosses roads, so I'm worried about cars, plus there are a lot of animals, from stray cats, to dogs, to snakes and deer, and I can't see very well in the dark; and (2) the obvious dangers posed by an un-plowed and un-salted trail in northeastern Ohio once ice and snow start building up. I have been given a lot of information on trail shoes with waterproof gortex uppers, but I have no idea if these are actually any good. And they don't solve my issue of not being able to see in the dark. Is it too much of a risk to run outside regularly in the dark, cold, and icy winter months? Is a treadmill a better option for me? Any insight, personal experiences, etc would be welcomed and greatly appreciated. I have only worked my way up to running a max of a 5k route, and average around 10 minutes per mile, if that helps anyone willing to offer advice. Thank you all in advance!




 
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