There is no problem with using a treadmill as part of training. Its a forgiving surface to run on, so can be useful where you need to get off the tarmac / concrete when the fields and footpaths are a no go. Provided you harden yourself up to running long distances on roads, then there is no reason not to use a treadmill as part of training, other than the boredom aspect.
I have done a few interval sessions recently on the treadmill and its worked out really well for me. I have also done some tempo, fartlek and progressive runs that were good. Long runs at a constant pace have no interest for me on the treadmill - just too mindnumbing.
You could also do short recovery runs while at the gym to help with the training.
I'm looking to buy a treadmill for the days I can't get out because of family commitments - normally I would run on the roads.
tempo, hills, recovery all possible. Always have it up one notch to simulate outside then the world is your oyster.... I don't do the telly thing with treadies - you don't concentrate on the training IMHO so it becomes an active telly session not a training run. I love my treadie in this weather....
I bought one in November as an alternative and enjoy doing intervals on it. Sometimes my shift work means running at unsociable hours so the treadmill has been great for that. I actually find the treadmill is harder than running outside so figure it must be doing me some good..
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