Sunday, March 27, 2016

Running Surfaces: The Treadmill

Running on a Treadmill

This is not a natural surface at all but many of us runners have used them . I personally have a love hate relationship with them and as I mentioned in a training post I can't do more than three miles on one until I get bored. Lets have a look at the pros and cons.


  • easy access
one can buy one used or join a gym

  • weather doesn't matter
no excuses, if there is a treadmill aronnd you can run no matter what it is like outside 

  • injury prevention
  • safety
  • set pace easier 
  • easy on the joins


  • too easy doesn't challenge the muscles enough
  • it is boring 
  • no fresh air 
In conclusion . The treadmill is a useful tool for any runner on any level. I had one in my garage when I first started to get serious about running. I worked on getting up to a mile  before I would go outside and do that mile. I was self-conscious about running . It is  great if you add about a 1% incline too as that helps to stimulate running outside. Add treadmill training to your quiver. It helps you be an all round runner.

Happy Running!

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