Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Treadmill Vs. Indoor Track

It was really cold and windy again this morning, so Steven and I decided to run inside today.  We have always ran on the indoor track when we have been inside.  I didn't feel like I could run in that circle again for 30 minutes today, so we decided to run on the treadmill.  It was a great run.  If we have to run inside again, we are not running on that track.

I was able to really focus on my run and see my pace and my distance.  I enjoyed today's run.  I got all 30 minutes in and really felt like I could do more.  Starting next week, I am going to start running for distance and not time.  I will come to the gym sooner and make sure I have time to do our 3-mile loop or run on the treadmill. 

I prefer running outside over the treadmill and the indoor track, but it was good to know I can get a good run on a treadmill.


C. Crosby said...

Ran on the treadmill today.. Wasn't as easy...

wam said...

I've mostly avoided treadmills, but I've read from plenty of places that even if you want to do a "flat" run, it's best to adjust the treadmill to at least a 1-2% incline to better simulate running on pavement. When you run on a treadmill, there is actually a level of force pulling your feet backwards which doesn't exist during a real run, making a treadmill run deceptively faster. The 1-2% incline helps to counter that, to give you a more accurate simulation of effort. Also, it's supposed to help knee pain, although I'm not as convinced on that argument. Anyway... just relaying on what I've read.