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04/02/2013 at 14:06

I usually run 4 times a week, but due to a new job I am up too early & home too late to make it practical during the week. I am still running weekends but its not enough. I have therefore decided to buy a treadmill so I can get some sneaky runs in before work - I would welcome anyones comments re their experience with treadmill running.

many thanks

ian

04/02/2013 at 16:15

Where are you going to stick it ? If it's anywhere inside it will wake the rest of the family

Stick it in the garage and the car gets cold

MAN UP and get out running on the roads

04/02/2013 at 16:17

If you have time for a treadmill run before work, then dont you have time for an outside run?

04/02/2013 at 16:18
Max's Mum wrote (see)

If you have time for a treadmill run before work, then dont you have time for an outside run?

He's a wuss

04/02/2013 at 16:29

treadmill running is awful! 

man up!!

dont quite understand the statement "due to a new job I am up too early & home too late to make it practical during the week" then you say your going to run on a treadmill before work??

04/02/2013 at 16:32

Ian

In the dark, I have been doing intervals. tempo and hill runs. While I'm comfortable running easy and steady paced mileage in the pitch black with a head torch, I prefer the treadmill for the more risky stuff. Plus the local track near me is not all weather and useless at this time of year.

I have used several treadmills in different gyms recently, and the big big thing for me is decent airconditioning. I hate treadmills where the ventilation is poor. This is one of the reasons I probably wouldn't use one in the house. Luckily for me I have several gyms in warm up distance (1 to 2 miles away) which I use and are open by 6am. The treadmills are easily programmed so putting together an interval session is easy without lots of button pressing mid run.

If it is just a sneaky run, then for me its simple and quick to just open the front door and get a few miles in. Likewise with a medium long run.

Ignore the macho/wimp bullcrap and workout why you need the treadmill, and how much over the course of the year it is needed. Bad weather / dark mornings don't last long

 

Edited: 04/02/2013 at 16:37
04/02/2013 at 17:25

To be fair to the chap, running outside in the dark can be a right ball-ache, and reasonably risky.  Round these parts roads are very pooly lit and the surfaces are dreadful.  If he can manage 45 minutes on a dreadmill good luck to him.  Anyone who can stand that without going mental must be pretty keen.

04/02/2013 at 21:06

I did twenty miles on the treadmill yesterday in 3 hour 18 minutes. I was trying my best to hold the pace at 6mph which is hard when i usually run at 8mph.

I won't be happpy until i get up to 5 hours.

Then i'll work my way up until i can do  5 hours at 7mph

Then i'll be ready  for  a Treadmill race.

 

05/02/2013 at 00:35

If you're buying a treadmil make sure to buy a good quality one with lots of reviews and a top brand. Cheap ones, no matter what they say are never a bargain and result in a loss of money.

We used to have a cheapish* one but if you ran too heavy footed then the moving belt would touch the floor and stop which made it feel like you were going to a backflip or something quite acrobatic, very scary!

On the other hand by old gym in Canterbury from when I was a student had treadmills with fans built into the control panel section, was quite 'cool' to be able to change your speed, incline and fan speed whilst running.

05/02/2013 at 06:55

 

 

Intermanaut wrote (see)

To be fair to the chap, running outside in the dark can be a right ball-ache, and reasonably risky.  Round these parts roads are very pooly lit and the surfaces are dreadful.  

If I can run over terrain like this in the dead of night at a respectable pace then you shouldn`t have any problems with your local roads...

http://sphotos-e.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/s480x480/482967_486153961448780_465062397_n.jpg

 

05/02/2013 at 07:08
Ultra waccyracer wrote (see)

I did twenty miles on the treadmill yesterday in 3 hour 18 minutes. I was trying my best to hold the pace at 6mph which is hard when i usually run at 8mph.

I won't be happpy until i get up to 5 hours.

Then i'll work my way up until i can do  5 hours at 7mph

Then i'll be ready  for  a Treadmill race.

 

Christ I did 40 minutes and was going potty by the end ...

In my opinon running on a Treadmill is much harder than running outside so good luck Ian

05/02/2013 at 08:58
Roland McCartney wrote (see)

 

 

Intermanaut wrote (see)

To be fair to the chap, running outside in the dark can be a right ball-ache, and reasonably risky.  Round these parts roads are very pooly lit and the surfaces are dreadful.  

If I can run over terrain like this in the dead of night at a respectable pace then you shouldn`t have any problems with your local roads...

http://sphotos-e.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/s480x480/482967_486153961448780_465062397_n.jpg

 

As I say, if I was doing any speedwork, I would be nuts to do it there. OK for the slower stuff though, everytime

06/02/2013 at 06:15

Your missing the point David ..

@ Also-ran : you should see how quickly some of the orienteers can run over such terrain...

 

06/02/2013 at 09:18

My local council gym have rolling monthly contracts, it is ideal for the winter.Personally I would not waste the money on getting my own hamster wheel. 

This forum get more unhelpful and unpleasant with each passing month.

06/02/2013 at 09:46

1) Less risk of injury in the dark, ice, snow, and mud - agreed. My last run in the dark:

http://s4.runnersworld.co.uk/members/images/693152/gallery/imag0104_0.jpg?width=350

 Luckily it was bath week.

06/02/2013 at 09:57

No, but thanks for the compliment.

06/02/2013 at 10:18

Ian, I flirted with the ideas of getting a treadmill. There are quite a few businesses renting. I was quoted £65 per month for something that would go up to 12mph, minimum 3 month rental. Not bad if you are thinking of buying a decent quality machine. I stuck with Gym membership, and benefit from DF3's apples 1), 2), 3) 4) & 6), although I think there is more chance in getting mugged near my gym so 5) is an issue.

06/02/2013 at 10:47

I am the proud owner of a new treadmill ... subsequently picked up an ankle injury (not on treadmill but running over terrain similar to pictures shown on previous page!) so not using it as much at the moment.  Would agree with others that you probs need to work out the reality of whether you would really motivate yourself to use it, but if you WILL get the use the go for it!

I spent ages deliberating - my favourite running is outside, offroad and will happily run with torch. But for me the school holidays/sick children completely destroy my training and the treadmill is fab, if hamster-like!! They ARE noisy though and unless you are by a window/in a garage or have fans you will melt ...

Edited: 06/02/2013 at 10:47
06/02/2013 at 11:07

It does annoy me when someone wants some info on treadmill running they get a lecture like they are inferior for even considering it.

I bought one after 5 years of running outside. It is a great alternative. I have mine in the garage and even in arctic conditions it does gets warm. My training has increased as I can always manage a quick 30 min interval session. Although I feel safe running out doors in the dark on your own running down dark cycle paths isn't always advisable and I do end up looking over my shoulder and jumpy sometimes. Working shifts means you can't always run at "normal" times so if I fancy a run at 2300 then into the garage I go.

My advice is try before you buy I visited a few different shops before I picked one I liked and there is a world of difference in them.

 

06/02/2013 at 14:10
David Falconer 3 wrote (see)
Steve Rand 7 wrote (see)

 

This forum get more unhelpful and unpleasant with each passing month.

To be fair some people were pointing out the downsides of owning a treadmill, which in a months time after he's forked out £500 for one and then suddenly realises it wasnt actually working the way he hoped, he would thank us for having warned him.

For what its worth, I run on the 'dreadmill' (I never referred to it as that till I came onto these forums), for the following reasons.

1) Less risk of injury.
2) Im sure constantly breathing in zero degree air constantly over an hour or two can't be good for you when done continually day after day.
3) I can watch TV as I do it, (ta LA fitness lol)
4) I can monitor what the person next to me is doing, so I can show off that Im outlasting them, particularly now with all the new years resolutioners .....
5) Less risk of getting mugged in the dark.
6) The air is slightly stuffier .... but hang on thats a negative right? Well not necessarily, less oxygen in the air, its like virtually training at high altitudes for free.

How do you guys like them apples?

Don't eat apples, they give me gut ache

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