I love my treadmill. I haven't found that it has hindered my running in any way - in fact it has made it a lot easier as I have no excuse not to get stuck in. I usually run 3 times a week. Lately (weather and time related) - this has meant Treadmill: 1 shorter run with speed intervals or stuff like that and 1 longish steady or gently progressive run (10-13 miles). and 1 medium steady run with lots and lots of talking (hilly 7-8 miles) outside. HR etc seems fairly consistent between road and TM - but I have been running for about 11 years and mainly do triathlon now so now looking for out and out speed. I have to say - it is bloody brilliant for brick sessions.
In terms of getting the best out of it. Entertainment for the longer runs (longest I have done is a couple of 20 miles - watched a couple of movies during those types of sessions). Shorter sessions - playing with gradient and or speed. You need to listen to music or podcasts or audio books in all honesty. There are now sufferfest downloads for the treadmill now - cannot recommend sufferfest highly enough - pure brilliant. My fav speed session is pretty straightforward - 10-20 mins gradual warm up then 30 secs fast, 30 sec jog..... forever - then cool down. I always stick a bit of gradient on and change speeds now and again a little to simulate outdoors a little. Got to be honest that I don't even notice the time anymore - I just turn on the telly, jump on and run till I am done. I guess, like anything, you get used to it.
It's not that bad, my issue with it is that it has been run for quite a few years now - 4 of which I have done - and they just never seem to quite get it right. The organisers this year were total numpties - I can only assume they are not runners or have never ever even met a runner (they kept all the results secret until everyone went nuts and then they apologised and released them!!)
The start is fine (apart from the lack of signage to the smaller start this year) but the finish is an issue as it's quite a bit away from the city centre in an area where you can't really park so you have to wait for a shuttle bus to take you back to the city centre. So, how this goes will be totally determined by your finishing time. The route is good - and I keep going back because of this.
I would not do it again (probably) - I really like races that I can get to and from easily - other city marathons seem to make it seem so easy and so you come away barely noticing what must be epic organisation. Dublin for example - awesome race - Highly recommended - easy to get a hotel 10 mins walk from the start and the finish - great support, loads of portaloos, just a great day out. Loch Ness - again start and finish (well you get bussed to the start line in the middle of nowhere which is quite nice) - is the middle of Inverness so easy to get to your hotel or whatever. Fab wee tented village thing at the finish line - just a gorgeous gorgeous race. Have't done Manchester so sorry I can't compare it to Edinburgh.
I guess I just get pissed off that Edinburgh just never seem to get it quite right - and the number of times they have put the event on , they should be ironing out these issues by now. I really love the route and it annoys me no end that they just seem to get something wrong every time I do the bloody race.
PS - The yes votes genuinely believe that the rest of the UK is nicking all our money (oil tax revenue) and only giving us pocket money back in exchange. This is what they are being told by the SNP - they are also being promised a fair society with less division between rich and poor - no more food banks, bigger better NHS, corporation tax cuts and no income tax rises. More jobs, happier people, safe pensions, higher immigration leading to a higher rate of economic growth...
I could go on - it is so ludicrous you would think people would see through it - but they don't because everyone hears what they want to hear. F*cng Scary
Some of this is becasue the impact of separation would be bigger north of the border (set up new currency, central bank, defense etc) but also because it would be run by a madman who is already talking about defaulting on the national debt.
..........run by a madman - says it all really and is currently keeping me up nights as the YES posters appear from every lampost and on every street corner, car window etc etc It is bloody awful up here right now - if you are in rUK watching on bemused - just be glad you aren't here with the imminent possibility of your country being sold down the swanney by a lunatic with a silver tongue promising rivers of gold and pretty much anything anyone could possibly want just so long as they vote yes.