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5/12/14 9:26 A

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How about a treadmill or indoor track? I know of at least 2 indoor tracks close to me that are free to the public. And a treadmill would allow you to at least run if no track is available.

I know running outside is more pleasant. But, I agree that actually running is better than "running" on an elliptical.

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5/12/14 7:47 A

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Oh i agree on that for sure. They were looking to better their times, my main goal is to not get injured and be able to participate. I think an elliptical is far from ideal for base training, but its not safe to run where i live in the hours i dont work, so im looking for some way to adapt.

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5/10/14 8:59 A

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" i think i may try to get at least three runs in. I had a few friends who recently improved their marathons by switching down to 2-3 runs a week and high intensity cross training the others, so i've been really curious about it."

I think I know what plan you are talking about, but the 3 runs are all quality: hard speedwork, race pace and long run. It is NOT about doing the bulk of your training on the elliptical.

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5/10/14 8:13 A

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Thanks for the replies everyone! This gives me some things to consider. I used to do 5ks pretty much every weekend (my times were far from impressive but I enjoyed it) and the occasional 5 or 10 mile race, and I want to get back to that. I won't drop the elliptical but i think i may try to get at least three runs in. I had a few friends who recently improved their marathons by switching down to 2-3 runs a week and high intensity cross training the others, so i've been really curious about it.

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5/9/14 11:40 P

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one of my running partners was injured through most of the winter and replaced most of her running with spin and elliptical.

She did not do very well at her spring races.

There is something called the principle of specificity - you have to do a certain activity to get better at a certain activity.

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The biggest problem is that the motion on the elliptical isn't fully analogous to running. The elliptical is zero impact, and will not prepare your joints and muscles for the impact of running. Walking is a better choice to get you started, and you can work up to short intervals from there. A couch to 5k program, or perhaps one of the Sparkpeople 5k your way training plans would be better suited than the elliptical.

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5/9/14 9:52 P

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The impact is much greater for running. I switched to the elliptical for this reason.

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5/9/14 9:22 P

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Training for a race should involve running, for a couple of reasons.

Firstly, the most challenging thing about running is not the fitness, but rather dealing with the impact. Running during training triggers the changes in your leg muscles, tendons and bones that are necessary to cope with the impact of running. The low-impact nature of the elliptical just doesn't trigger the adaptations necessary.

Secondly, the muscles get more efficient (ie. burn fewer calories) at anything they do regularly. So to get more efficient at running, you need to ... run.

Most experts recommend rookie runners only run 3 days per week anyway, which is only 1 more than you are indicating.

It is probably possible to come up with a training plan that involves running 2 days a week when you can (focussing on distance for at least one of them), and working on your general fitness (and perhaps some HIIT) with the elliptical on other days. Not as good preparation as running more frequently, but not too bad.

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5/9/14 7:26 P

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Has anyone trained for races(5k, half, marathon, whatever) using mostly an elliptical? I love my compact elliptical and due to work running outdoors is only practical on my days off (and a treadmill is not an option financially). If I try to only run those two days though I'd end up injured. Has anyone used an elliptical successfully to train for races? not to place high, just to be able to run it. It seems to b giving me some fitness towards that but I'd love to hear if anyone has had success with this

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