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10/3/11 2:47 A

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I am an experienced runner now that I have been running for about three years and i find that running outside is much more enjoyable but I don't mind running on the treadmill either.

When I have to run on the treadmill - I will either do hills change the elevation as I run or do speed work -

There is a difference between outside and the treadmill if the elevation is 0 on the treadmill but if you change the elevation to 1 or 1.5 it will be about the same.

Good luck!!!


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10/2/11 10:11 P

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I started running in July and absolutely love running outside. I have a treadmill but I'm feeling a bit stubborn about using it. I'm going to stick with running outside as long as I can and hope I can push through the dreary cold & rainy days.

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10/2/11 1:25 P

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I actually run with my treadmill incline on 1 or 1.5 because it keeps the noise down. :)

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10/1/11 11:39 A

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Way to go Keepitup!

I like to run outside but as the days have gotten shorter it's getting tougher. I won't run in the dark. So, I've moved inside. Hoping as long as it's nice to get in one outside run a week on the weekends. I have heard that to make your treadmill run comparable to outside, to put it at a 1% incline. Anyone heard anything different?

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9/30/11 10:50 P

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I decided to run the trail this morning and I am so glad I did! According the SP map I ran 5.15 miles!!! My longest run before this on the treadmill was 4.5 miles. I have to say I enjoyed the scenery and the fresh air. :)

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9/29/11 10:14 P

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It was pouring, thunder & lightning out tonight, so I had to run on the treadmill tonight instead of outside. I didn't like it as much.

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9/29/11 9:19 A

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I agree with what Ellie read. When I first started running back in 2008 or so, I worked myself up to running 30 straight minutes on the treadmill which was a huge deal for me at the time. I thought I'd have no problems doing the beginning 5k program in our area since I was able to do that, but I was sorely mistaken. I felt like running on the trails/pavement was basically starting all over from scratch! It was disappointing for sure, but I eventually got used to that kind of running and now it's not as hard as it once was.

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9/28/11 6:52 P

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I am REALLY new to running, but already prefer running outside. I have a hard time staying on the treadmill for any length of time, but find myself getting lost in laps at the track.

I did read though:
"Running on a treadmill is somewhat easier physically because the ground is being pulled underneath your feet and there's no wind resistance."



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9/27/11 1:13 P

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I agree with people have already said. I run on the treadmill (dreadmill) when it is humid or ice storming or crazy snowing or dark. Otherwise, outside is better. the road will rise up to meet you on the hills and fall away when you run down. The DM doesn't do that....... But, it is a personal preference. I do have a TV to watch and I have to be careful as I tend to run off the side of the treadmill.

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9/27/11 11:07 A

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I hope you get a Garmin; I have the Garmin 305 and I absolutely LOVE it! Its my tool that I cannot run without.

With that being said, I am an outside runner. I have tried to run on the treadmill, but I get so bored and can't take the noise they make.

I think running on the treadmill is so different from running outside. Actually it is more like night and day different. If you don't know this, I think it sort of sets you up for failure when you do go outside to run. For example, on the treadmill, you may be able to run 3miles easily. But then you go outside to run and you experience slight inclines, etc-you will see that it is sooo different. This can be discouraging.

So if you are planning to do a 5k, I say get more outside running in than you do treadmill running. That way you are totally prepared and ready for the ever changing elevation that comes on race day and you can enjoy your run. Plus running outside is so enjoyable-especially in the Fall and Spring.

Good luck!

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9/27/11 9:14 A

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I do both- treadmill and outside however as winter approaches I'll be inside. I agree with the others who are saying that it is a preference and a matter of what your goals are. I completely understand that!! emoticon

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9/27/11 9:13 A

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I do the walk/run interval method (some refer to it as the "Galloway" method) for pretty much all my runs now and find that trying to do that on the treadmill is unbearably difficult besides running on the treadmill just being flat out boring to me anymore. I started out on a treadmill and worked myself up to running 30 minutes straight on the treadmill but once I got outside, I realized how much more enjoyable it was. Plus, as I said, it's much easier to do the intervals that way.

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9/27/11 7:14 A

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I do plan to run a 5K here eventually. Right now the humidity here is terrible so I am waiting for cooler weather to run or walk outside. I run because I enjoy it and it keeps me challenged. I guess if I get a Garmin Forunner for Christmas I can compare the two. lol :)

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9/27/11 12:19 A

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Its such a personal choice but I feel its important to do a little of both. If you intend to run in any 5K or further you really should adjust to the road which is a lot more unforgiving then the give of a treadmill. It also depends on the weather where you live. Just do the workout that works the best for your life, that's what matters the most - to move our bodies.

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9/26/11 9:06 P

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Treadmill may burn more, but my goodness I can't hardly stand to run on one for more than a few miles without totally loosing my mind with boredom.

I'm loving the weather outside right now, so all of the outdoor training is awesome. I guess I can honestly say I don't run because of the calories I burn, but rather for the accomplishment of the run, and training for the next race, whenever that might be.

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9/26/11 8:01 P

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Hi KEEPITUP05,

That may not necessarily be the case. In a recent snippet in the British edition of Runner's World, caloric expenditure measured on the treadmill was approx. 20% higher than road running...this may be due in part to the steady pace one is forced to run when on the treadmill. That being said, if your goals is to participate in road racing you will need to take some of your runs to the road.

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9/26/11 7:42 P

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I keep reading that running outside burns more calories than a treadmill. Does anyone know for sure. I know there are variables such as wind and hills so lets just say mostly flat land. emoticon

Energy and persistence conquer all things. -Benjamin Franklin

Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

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