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ELEKTRAONFIRE Posts: 39
5/21/13 7:59 A

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Interesting to read the input from everyone. I've tried a treadmill fewer than a handfull of times in my life, because we just don't seem to mix well or however I should put it. I feel totally off balance-wise and it seems unbelievably boring to me, in comparison with walking in gorgeous nature. I live in a climate, which can be snowy up to six months of the year though, so next winter will be very interesting indeed; will I run outdoors or succumb to the moving belt?

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4/18/13 3:25 P

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Usually I set the treadmill incline at .5 degrees, and sometimes I turn it up to 1.5 degrees for a minute or so. I've been doing more interval runs outside, and it's always much tougher.

I'm doing my first 5K on Saturday, and plan to run about half of it. But my lead-up runs had to be scheduled for Tuesday and today, and...all-day thunderstorms both days. So treadmill it is.

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CHRISTINALOVES's Photo CHRISTINALOVES Posts: 245
4/16/13 1:01 A

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was wondering the same things, I like the way the treadmill sets the pace and gives me feedback, and wondered how it would translate into real life on a course... something to be aware of and think about. Good topic.



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4/9/13 1:29 P

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I agree, I have been running on the treadmill and ran outside for the first time yesterday and boy was I winded.

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4/6/13 12:15 A

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The treadmill helps you pace yourself and has a little bit of give which makes it easier on feet, knees, etc...I started the program on the treadmill and then began running outside. If your goal is to eventually run a 5K I would recommend eventually running at least 1day/week outside. I can't tell you how frustrated I was when the 1st 2 5Ks I ran felt like they were all up hill!! Of course they really weren't ALL up hill, but it sure did feel like it!!
Good luck and keep up the hard work!

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4/5/13 9:15 A

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I was shocked as well. I think I was doing about 3 miles on the treadmill in roughly 30 minutes. My first outside run for the same distance, was 41 minutes. And I can't jog the whole thing like I can with the treadmill.

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4/1/13 9:00 P

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I think it is because I did week1d3 today and it was alot easier than the two previous runs. I think because there are no inclines indoors, no wind in your face, etc. I hope the weather turns and I can do all my working out outside.

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4/1/13 10:25 A

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Boy I had no idea how much easier-for me- running on the treadmill was compared to the road. I've been doing a few runs on the treadmill and tried going back to the trails and couldn't do it without stopping. Is that pretty normal?

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