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2/11/13 12:31 P

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Thanks Cherry, I will try the 1% incline. I will have to guess at it since the cold room my treadmill is in has damaged the incline. It does not show the correct incline, so I have to guess. I will give it a try today since I am gonna run here in about an hour.

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2/11/13 12:27 P

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When I start running on the treadmill, I am pretty stable. After about a mile or so when I start getting a little tired, I find myself drifting to one side of the other which almost makes me stumble if I am not careful. I am glad to find I am not the only one this happens to. I just thought because I am fairly new to the treadmill running that it was a strength problem that would get better as I get stronger.

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2/10/13 4:20 P

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Hey Teach,
I have the same problem, and it's because of vertigo I get from an imbalance of fluid in my ears. I think it's from my TMJ or something like that. I do jaw exercises to open my tubes and drink water with hard swallows a couple of times before I start on the treadmill. Sometimes a little balance oriented yoga, like tree pose, and triangle pose help me too.

Luck to you.
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2/10/13 12:12 P

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Thanks Coach Nancy!
I'm still new to running, started last spring - and it seems like the more I learn, the more I find I still need to learn!

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Does anyone have any suggestions for keeping balance when running at a good clip on the treadmill? One of the reasons I don't care for the treadmill is that I find that I really struggle with this. I have to stare straight ahead as I run, or I fear I'll fall down! Is this just me? (I do get motion sick very easily, this could likely be part of my problem.) Does this happen to anyone else? Or is this how you're supposed to run on a treadmill, staring at one fixed point for the entire time?



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2/10/13 10:23 A

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Hey Kim,
I hate the cold too, but I've layered up to get out there this winter. I also do about one treadmill session a week. I always set my incline to at least 1% so I am not being pulled along by the belt and I haven't noticed my outdoor running to be more difficult at all. If anything easier. Maybe I just like being outside, but on the treadmill I tend to work myself harder since I can see my pace very clearly. On the trail or the road, I'm just enjoying myself.

Hope it's warm enough for you to get out there soon. Good luck.
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2/9/13 6:28 P

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Hi Teach,

How long have you been running? If you are still fairly new to the sport, I say less than 6-9 months I tell my runners not to worry too much about speed as this time frame you are running in is laying a solid foundation to your running career. Many people preoccupy themselves with being able to run a certain pace on each modality--treadmill, pool (aqua jogging) and road. The reality is road racing requires that you do all the work to propel you forward--in other words you do not have the belt to help pull you along. That being said, if you are not running on an incline (1-2% is best) this may explain some of the pace differences.

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2/9/13 5:17 P

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Thank you for your help. Hopefully I will adjust. It's going to warm up here soon I hope, so I will work on the difference and allow for the transition be what it will be.

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2/9/13 5:14 P

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Thanks for the input and the article. I will deffinately check it out.

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2/9/13 12:46 P

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Thanks for your response on this thread, Coach Nancy. I continue to learn new things on this site!

I'm very curious if you can tell me/suggest/point me toward information regarding increasing speed outside. I have found that I can go much faster on a treadmill for a longer period of time than I can outside.

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2/9/13 12:38 P

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Hey Kim,

The great deal is the most recent studies show (I am talking ones published in the last 6 months) state that treadmill running allows for the same physiological changes to our bodies as outside running does. So don't worry. I do not like to use comparisons--harder vs easier...they're just different. Just like trail running is different than road running and road running is different than treadmill running--all have a place in your training. Many elite athletes use the treadmill and make the transition just fine. As for speed--while you do have a consistent pace running on the treadmill, many times you can run faster because of the variables you can throw in running outside.

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2/9/13 12:19 P

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Yep...it will be harder. But look at it as a good thing!

Both have their advantages. I hate treadmill running. I started running outside and just can't mentally get myself on a treadmill. I tried, but I couldn't stand it. I was bored, struggled with balance and motion issues, etc. I just don't like it..and if you don't like it, you don't stick with it. That said, I haven't been getting in nearly as much exercise in the winter as I do in the warmer weather! I, too, hate the cold and the winter, and it's a real chore to get out and run in it. Yet, you're still getting in your cardio and sticking to it steadily.

When it does get warmer, yes, it will be a little more difficult, but you'll get used to it!

Here's a great article comparing the two.

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2/9/13 12:00 P

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I have a question that hopefully someone can answer. I have been running on a treadmill for the winter. I hate the cold, I won't get outside until it warms up. The question is that will it be harder to run outside after running on the treadmill for so long, or will there be no difference? I am concerned that transitioning to the outside may be slower that the treadmill, but I am not sure. Hope someone will know about this, because I really don't know what to expect.
Thanks, Kim

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