Outside all the way!
I trained from (begginer) on a treadmill until i could run 30 minutes and then i started running outside and almost died on my first run after about 10 minutes but it does get easier quickly outside.
I am easily running 5/10k on the roads now and have not touched a treadmill for weeks/months and i would not go back to one even if it was a blizzard...
Outside is most definitely best IMO . . . one thing I look forward to at the weekends, getting out and running rather than having to resort to the dreaded treadmill as I have to during the week
Teadmill - shite
Outside - just right.
Treadmills are great - simply put yer hands on the side rails and push down.......you just fly along. I managed 45 mph the other day. Dismounting was a wee bit of a bugger though!!
Just in case it hasn't already been mentioned. Studies have identified that running on a treadmill is equal to 1% downhill; therefore that could be one reason why the treadmill seems easier to get up to and maintain a good pace.
I run on a treadmill and also outdoors. To make the treadmill session a worthwhile one, I always use the "random" program option which basically alters the gradient between every 30 seconds or after a maximum of 2 minutes. Doing this makes the run a lot more interesting and varied.
I started on a treadmill doing 10k in an hour as training for my first 10k which I went through in about 54 minutes even though it was partly off road, so I find outside a lot easier cause I was knackered after the treadmill but felt pretty good after the race, so the treadmill doesn't even give me any indication of how good I am at running outside.
Went back to the treadmill after the run and I agree with everyone who says it's boring, I just can't stand it for more than 2 or 3 minutes now so trying to do any kind of running is just impossible unless I'm outside, wind rain or snow.
Even as a math geek and all the numbers in front of me on a treadmill there's only so much I can do to entertain myself before I just get fed up.
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