Treadmill to roads?

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05/03/2013 at 21:13

I've been doing nothing but treadmill running for the last 4-5 weeks as I've been having to squeeze runs in between 9pm and 11pm and where I live running outside at that time isn't good for your health.

My experience with it is that it's actually harder to run on a treadmill than outside. I can run 5k outside in 21 minutes with relative ease, but struggle to break 22 minutes on a treadmill (0.5% incline).

It's also incredibly boring.

05/03/2013 at 21:25
Treadmills and road running are equally as challenging in my book. The big difference that you need to take care of is on the lower legs. Road running is a far more unforgiving surface. Transition to the tarmac over time to avoid impact injuries such as shin splints
06/03/2013 at 17:49
Thanks for all the advice, I am going to go out tonight and give it a go. If you don't hear back from me, you know I have forgotten I'm not on a treadmill and am running on the spot somewhere!

06/03/2013 at 20:06
Well I did it. I did 2 circuits of my village which worked out to be 2.2 miles. I did it on week 4 day 2 of c2k. Felt ok and the only thing that aches, is my back a little bit.

06/03/2013 at 20:09

Good work sara,

by the way do you know theres a movie about you starring Russell Brand???


06/03/2013 at 21:18
Lol yes I do and have been given several copies as presents. Wish I looked like her but not bothered about sleeping with Russel Brand!

08/03/2013 at 06:34
Furthest I have done at the gym was 20 miles. Although there is TV, I really do rely on other gym users to provide the entertainment. I'm sure there must be an Attenborough documentary in it.

Back on line .... Well done on first road run. Swap treadmill for road every other run till you start feeling comfortable, and then build up
Edited: 08/03/2013 at 06:37
08/03/2013 at 07:41
Thanks Also-ran, I went out again and did the same route last night but on week 5 day 1 c25k and it was ok, the time definitly goes faster but feels harder work at the moment. Will try and alternate as you have suggested. Mmmm our gym is quite boring no one falling off or anything!


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