Up until about two years ago, I did all my running at the gym on the treadmill. Then I left the gym, decided to work out at home, and as a result started running outside.
I did a lot of research about moving from treadmill to outside running, started things slowly and carefully, made sure I didn't go all hell-for-leather straight away, giving my body time to adapt.
Over the time from leaving the gym up until last month, despite every effort to make sure I did everything right, I have been constantly battling one injury after another.
I have properly fitted shoes, change them when they need changing, run on grass or softer surfaces whenever I can, make sure I have rest days and also cross-train with walking, swimming and weight training.
However, after two years of having my normal every day life adversely affected by niggling, ever-present injuries, and after much soul searching, I have re-joined my gym and gone back to the treadmill.
I am delighted now because I am running regularly, 7 miles at a time, with no ill effects or injuries whatsoever. I use the hill and speed interval programs on the treadmill to get as close to the outside feel as possible, and now run 7 miles in an hour.
Of course I know that the majority of people on here are more in favour of outdoor running, and believe me I was for a time, but I've come to the conclusion that my body is simply not built to withstand the pounding and punishment from outdoor running.
So rather than give up running all together (not an option!) I've opted for the next best thing, and just would like to express how good I feel at being able to keep up my running and still feel great, fit and healthy.
So there we are – a positive story in defence of the treadmill. Thanks for allowing me to share!
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| current weight: 108.0