My wife began the c25k program using the treadmill, (on the basis that if she ran outside people would "look at " her), and the first time I could persuade her out into the real world she took off like a scalded cat and was too knackered to carry on after 5 minutes: too fast....
I keep trying to persuade her out into the real world on the basis that she will never be able to do a decent 5k fun run if she continues with this indoor running - and that despite the effort she is putting in, she just isnt getting the proper benefits of running.
I got her out last week on the promise that I'd run with her nice and slow so she wouldnt feel daft on her own. We "ran" 10.5 to 11 minute miles for half an hour and she was exhausted at the end - managed the full half hour time, (because I had the watch and I lied to her and said she had only done 23 minutes), but not the distance.
So for the first time I gave the treadmill a go myself to see what the difference is....
I can run almost 20% and cover 20% more distance on the treadmill than in real life! I also ended up with extremely sore knees no doubt caused by too big a stridfe pattern and going faster than my legs can genuinely cope with.
Treadmills are RUBBISH!
Get out there and experience real life not virtual running!
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Posted: 14/05/2009 at 14:08