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March 23, 2013 6:28 PM
Has anyone noticed a difference between running on treadmill and old fashion running?

I have recently conquered my treadmill-phobia but i noticed that its harder for me to run on it compared to regular running. Am i the only one?
March 23, 2013 6:29 PM
try setting an upward incline. i find that helps, especially the knees.
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March 23, 2013 6:30 PM
Your not alone!! I can run forever on the treadie but not outside. I'm told because of the different surface and temperatures? But honestly...I'm clueless & frustrated! :)
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March 23, 2013 6:33 PM
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try setting an upward incline. i find that helps, especially the knees.


ooh good tip. i'll try it next time :)
March 23, 2013 6:34 PM
I can run longer on the track than the treadmill. I guess because with the treadmill I get bored but when I'm
running outside I get the fresh air and the scenery which makes it much easier for me.
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March 23, 2013 6:34 PM
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Your not alone!! I can run forever on the treadie but not outside. I'm told because of the different surface and temperatures? But honestly...I'm clueless & frustrated! :)


haha, i guess it just matters that we are running.
March 23, 2013 6:35 PM
Treadmill dorks up my stride and makes my knee hurt. Darn indoor tracks are barely any better, especially with 13 laps=1 mile. Meh...bring on spring!
March 23, 2013 6:36 PM
I loath running on the dreadmill, but sometimes I have to do it. I have to put a magazine over the time and distance because I am constantly looking at it and it feels like FOREVER! I would much rather run outside. Even though it is harder, I love it!
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March 23, 2013 6:38 PM
Yes running on the trendmil and outside are completly different, on the tredmil you have a set pace and a set incline (unless you change it while running) and the ground is moving but you are not unlike if you ran outside you are moving and the ground is not and your pace is not set, you will slow down and speed up and what not, and the incline changes slightly the ground is not perfectly flat. I would switch up between running on the tredmil and outside to get the best of both.
March 23, 2013 6:51 PM
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Yes running on the trendmil and outside are completly different, on the tredmil you have a set pace and a set incline (unless you change it while running) and the ground is moving but you are not unlike if you ran outside you are moving and the ground is not and your pace is not set, you will slow down and speed up and what not, and the incline changes slightly the ground is not perfectly flat. I would switch up between running on the tredmil and outside to get the best of both.



i do plan on doing both
March 23, 2013 6:54 PM
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Treadmill dorks up my stride and makes my knee hurt. Darn indoor tracks are barely any better, especially with 13 laps=1 mile. Meh...bring on spring!


treadmills used to make my knee hurt too but it hasnt been hurting since i bought supportive shoes!
March 23, 2013 7:12 PM
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Treadmill dorks up my stride and makes my knee hurt. Darn indoor tracks are barely any better, especially with 13 laps=1 mile. Meh...bring on spring!


AGREE!

Treadmill is harder mentally and physically for me. I find my average pace is faster outside too.
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March 23, 2013 7:17 PM
I run better outdoors. I get hotter when on the treadmill cause there is only a pissy little fan on it. I need the sea breeze I get here outside. I miss running outside, I only di it on the treadmill cause of the heat outside. Now that it's almost over & done with I'll go back outside.
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March 23, 2013 7:19 PM
If it's only between these two, Ill take the track any day. 12 minute run is my nemesis.

Isn't better to get out of the house and get some fresh air on the track then being on the treadmill?
March 23, 2013 7:22 PM
I think it's because on a treadmill you're at a set speed where on a track you can run at variable speeds and maybe not even notice you're speeding up or down. I find it harder to run further on the track personally but I do both. I think it just takes some getting used to.
March 23, 2013 7:24 PM
I actually have the opposite problem. It was very easy for me to run on the treadmill. Track/ pavement I'm still adjusting to. I can't go as far or as fast or as long on pavement as I can on a treadmill. I think the regular pace setting is a crutch of mine. I have to actively not think about it to run more than a mile or so on pavement or trail.
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March 23, 2013 7:31 PM
Treadmill is harder if you set the incline high and you can get a bigger burn in a much shorter amount of time. Running outside is cool but make sure you have some quality running shoes as the surface can be brutal on the leg muscles causing injury.
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March 23, 2013 7:41 PM
I take my tablet down on the treadmill and pull up a movie on netflix so that encourages me to get down there because I can only watch the movie when I am on the treadmill. However, I am one of those people who don't have the confidence to go very long without grabbing the handrails. I try a slow jog at 4.2-4.5 and can manage about 6 minutes straight but after that I have to drop it down to 3.5-4 and usually after about 15 minutes I start grabbing the rails. I get so paranoid about falling off the back - never have - but like to be up at the front of the belt and once I hit that mid-back point I panic - I need a big belt like bunge cord to hook to the front of one side and come around behind my back and hook to the other side - to make me feel secure I guess...maybe someday I will overcome that fear :)

Today I got out and walked and the 40 minutes flew by!!! I much prefer the outside be we have had such awful cold, ice and snow I wasn't attempting it.

Angie
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March 23, 2013 7:49 PM
i think old fashion running is way better...i dont have to worry about my balance n falling down if the speed it too fast :-)
March 24, 2013 4:10 PM
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I take my tablet down on the treadmill and pull up a movie on netflix so that encourages me to get down there because I can only watch the movie when I am on the treadmill. However, I am one of those people who don't have the confidence to go very long without grabbing the handrails. I try a slow jog at 4.2-4.5 and can manage about 6 minutes straight but after that I have to drop it down to 3.5-4 and usually after about 15 minutes I start grabbing the rails. I get so paranoid about falling off the back - never have - but like to be up at the front of the belt and once I hit that mid-back point I panic - I need a big belt like bunge cord to hook to the front of one side and come around behind my back and hook to the other side - to make me feel secure I guess...maybe someday I will overcome that fear :)

Today I got out and walked and the 40 minutes flew by!!! I much prefer the outside be we have had such awful cold, ice and snow I wasn't attempting it.

Angie



i was afraid of falling off of the treadmill too. but i think it is a mind over body thing. I havent fallen yet despite my paranoia
March 24, 2013 4:12 PM
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Treadmill is harder if you set the incline high and you can get a bigger burn in a much shorter amount of time. Running outside is cool but make sure you have some quality running shoes as the surface can be brutal on the leg muscles causing injury.


Recently bought new running shoes :) no injuries yet lol
March 24, 2013 4:14 PM
OMG...I HATE the treadmill. Would rather be outside for 6 hours then on a treadmill for 6 minutes !!!
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March 24, 2013 4:21 PM
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OMG...I HATE the treadmill. Would rather be outside for 6 hours then on a treadmill for 6 minutes !!!



I dont love it either.... but it gets the job done when its raining outside :)
March 24, 2013 4:23 PM
Treadmills just make me want to cry. Literally.
I can run a mile normally in like 8 minutes, so about 7.6 mph, but when I try the 6 mph on the treadmill, I have to quit within the first 2 minutes! It's just awful.
March 24, 2013 4:49 PM
I have a harder time outside than on the treadmill. Its just too darn hot in Florida!
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