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1/23/11 11:21 A

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Good job fiction!

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1/23/11 12:34 A

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people snow shoe run around here. however, we have to go up into the mountains to do it.

i set the treadmill to random when i run on the treadmill. it only affects the incline. i usually set it to go from 0 to about 3% (level 2 or 3) and it changes the incline every minute or so randomly. since i have started doing that i don't feel it so hard on my legs after. i also change my pace slightly every few minutes even if it is going up say from 6 to 6.2 to 5.9 to 6 to 6.3.... seems to kill the boredom. however, 1 hour on the treadmill is usually my max.

i am glad you got out though.

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1/22/11 11:55 P

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The weathermen we off a day on the cold snap, so I put on a bright orange vest, some tights, sleeves, gloves, and a hat and glared at any car that didn't move into oncoming traffic to get out of my way.

Okay, so the cars were a bit nerve-wracking, but I couldn't stand being cooped up any more. Luckily, it was a slow traffic day.

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I read a lot of fitness mags, & when I read that Brook Burke walks on the treadmill, she does only a 3.5 mph but @ 15% incline for 45 minutes. It's pretty tough. And when you walk, esp. on that kind of incline, you work your muscles differently. Your muscles are more constantly contracted as opposed to tightening and relaxing of running. I mean, look @ Brooke's butt. I also saw Jillian put her BL teams @ 8.0 mph, so now that's my interval high for one minute, for now.

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1/19/11 9:17 P

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I live in the beautiful Mississippi Valley Region of Western Wisconsin centered around La Crosse. The town i live in is called Holmen, and on a daily basis I probably get waved at by about 50% of all passing drivers (these people do not know me).

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1/19/11 8:55 P

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Yes Joe, please share your drivers. The drivers around here scare me even when I'm on the shoulder, so I don't dare run in the road with the snowbanks blocking my escape.

Thanks for all teh suggestions and support. I'm going to try a few of the things mentioned today!

I'm excited again. Thank you SparkFriends!

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1/19/11 7:06 P

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Joe - where in Wisconsin are all the friendly drivers? They do not seem to be in my town emoticon

I struggle with the 'mill too. I know I change my stride a lot and I fatigue a lot more easily than I do outdoors, even if I bring my speed way down. I just feel like I don't run very efficiently on the tm or something. And I don't typically run outdoors during winter because evening is usually my ONLY time to run and it is way too dark and cold out!! I am very much looking forward to spring.

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I haven't noticed any pain from running on the treadmill aka dreadmill. In fact, I've noticed my hip hurts less when I run on the treadmill! But, I was 'hating' running indoors... until I started playing 'games'. I challenge myself to "run 1 minute at x pace" or "1 mile at x pace" or run 2 minutes at x incline" etc. And, it's actually fun!

Plus, I can look around at others...when I run in my neighborhood I'm usually all alone. I see some of the other runs & notice their legs... I want those legs! So, it motivates me. I watch what they are doing, how fast they are going, etc. Anyway, it isn't so dreadful any more!

But, I'll be happy when the sun is up in time for me to start running outside again before hubby leaves for work! In the meantime, I'm learning to enjoy the treadmill.

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Joe, would you send some of those drivers to Connecticut?

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Maybe because I am a bit stubborn the street issue doesn't bother me. The snow here isn't up to the street, it covers it. And underneath is a layer of ice. But i got no time to sweat the small stuff. I have to train for Sawtooth!


PS : I should give two thumbs up to Wisconsin drivers that know how to drive on slick and mucky roads. The cheese state has some of the friendliest and most courteous drivers u will ever see.

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1/19/11 12:29 P

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I'm a cold weather sissy so I spend a lot of time on tread mills and elliptical fitness machines in the winter (then there is the bike and the pool).

I'm also naturally clumsy - I have fallen off of at least one tread mill in every gym I've used. When I first started using them I had an issue similar to yours.

A friend explained that I WAS changing my stride and picking up my toes too much. Because this stride had become habit, I had to re-learn running for treadmills.

I started at a walking pace and picked up the speed gradually while paying close attention to the stride length and where my toes were when my foot landed. I still have to run with my abdomen touching the hand bar to keep my stride from getting too long again.

The last piece was my posture. For some unknown reason I would slouch while running on the tread mill. With my shoulders too far over my toes, my knees would ache. Standing up straight cured the pain in my knees.

I also use distractions - my favorite is a TV set to closed captioning so that I can read/watch through parts of the run.

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1/19/11 12:07 P

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I'm with Fiction on this one. In the Northeast this winter has me stuck inside.
I don't fear getting hit by a car, but then again, running in a car lane when they can't see me increases the chances of that happening.
I don't run on icy roads because I know that one slip and I'm injured for a long time.
In the NE the snow is pushed up against the road, icy, snow covered areas everywhere. Sounding like a woos I know, but has to be off road running where I live or nothing.
I hate the dreadmill and for the first time, haven't been running. Spending time cross training and in boot camp class swinging kettlebells instead.


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1/19/11 11:57 A

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My issue isn't the snow/ice, it's the darkness. It's just not safe to run here in the dark, so during the weekdays, I'm inside. I find that even though I really hate using the treadmill, it makes my weekend outdoor runs that much more enjoyable. Adding the hills and intervals really helps, too.

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Fiction, if you can find an are to snow shoe, believe me, it can satisfy that running crave. Each step is more work (particularly on new and/or deep snow) so speed and distance are less important. There are some snow shoes designed specifically for "running". Here's a link to snowshoes at EMS: www.ems.com/family/index.jsp?categor
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@Salty I am interested in snow shoes! Very much. I don't know that it could satisfy the running nut in me, but it is an exercise that I could probably convince the Hubby to do with me, which is bonus points. ;)

@glad There is a running specialty store about a half hour away. That would be a nice solution for weekend runs. I'll check them out.

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Fiction - you posted your message while I was posting mine. Here's another thought, have you considered cross-country skiing or snow-shoeing? Both give you great workouts. Snow shoeing is probably a bit less expensive, equipment-wise, plus you can wear your running shoes.

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I was wondering the same thing as Joekuhl. Why not give running outside a shot? I know there are some areas that truly are too dangerous to run (ice, snow, no room on the streets, no sidewalks). When the roads aren't too good, I run in this one neighborhood - there's a street that is basically a big "almost-one-mile" loop. Sure it gets a bit boring but it's still better than the dreadmill (no room for one here and not sure if I'd spend the money even if there was room). And yes, definitely yaktrax. And don't forget to ALWAYS wear something bright and reflective so drivers can see you. I wear jacket or shirt just about every time I run.
Just a thought.

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Have you tried contacting a local running store or running group to see where people are running? Maybe you can hook up with a group who knows where there are safer places to go.

I know that many malls open their doors early to allow people (mostly seniors) to come in and walk during the winter. Maybe you can run in the mall...

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1/19/11 11:40 A

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@Joe - the snowbanks are literally in the road now thanks to a couple of sizable storms. I have the cold weather gear, but not the safe place to put my feet.

@Mrs L - I do love using intervals/sprints to break the monotony, but the discomfort stops me before I can get into them. I will definitely try increasing the incline! I've been meaning to do that so that I don't forget we have hills around here when I'm outside.

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1/19/11 11:13 A

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I call it the "dreadmill" for that very reason. I always set the incline at 1.5-2.0. That seems to help. I also do intervals---breaks up the monotony, changes the stride--also seems to help. And to keep the brain engaged, I change up the intervals: 1 minute sprint, 2 minute recovery, 1 minute jog, 1 minute recovery, 2 minute run, 1 minute recovery...repeat........

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May I ask why you can't get outside? Weather can always be overcome by clothing. Unless you are scared of slipping on the ice (yaktrax?), than I say "get outside!"

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Hi team! I've been quiet lately because I don't like to complain, but then I reminded myself that the SparkTeams are great for motivation and new techniques, so here I am looking for a bit of winter advice.

I've been stuck indoors due to the weather, and like most road runners, I much prefer to run outdoors. I've been trying to keep my mind frame willing as I workout on the treadmill, but I have more bad runs than good runs on that infernal machine.

I'm looking for advice for treadmill running. My legs often ache when I run on it (within a half a mile even though I can run 4-5 miles on the road without discomfort). It feels almost as if the impact is harder/more jarring on the treadmill than the road, which I know shouldn't be the case. It causes me to change my gait, not to mention get stressed with frustration. I don't want to give up running during the winter, but there are no safe places to run outdoors while the snowbanks are hugeand lumbering into the road. Currently I'm mostly walking on the treadmill, but that's certainly not as cathartic as a good, sweaty run.

Has anyone else experienced this on treadmills?? Any suggestions on what might be causing this, or help relieve the discomfort?

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