Running, outside vs. treadmill

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  1. Sonar_un

    Sonar_un Prowler Orange

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    I tend to generally run outside, however last night I wasn't able to make it to the gym until late, so I had to hit up the treadmill.

    Now, normally I run for about 1.5 miles outside in 100 degree humid weather. I have always been somewhat of a weak runner, so after that 1.5 miles, I can't move my legs. I then finish it off with a normal weight lifting workout. However since I was in an airconditioned space, I was somehow able to manage running for 30 minutes straight, even then I wasn't tired at all, I stopped because I got bored.

    Now, could it have been what I ate that gave me this unnatural energy? About 2 hours before the workout, I ate Pho. In this Pho, I had everything, tripe, beef, fatty brisket, tendon.. everything. The only orignal side effect I noticed was that I was very tired. All that MSG I suppose.

    So, was it the Pho? or was it the indoor treadmill environment?
     
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    Treadmills move your legs for you. They're not nearly as challenging.
     
  3. broccoli

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    No. Treadmills move the belt underneath your feet. Big difference.

    Probably the calibration on the treadmill was off.

    What's your normal outside pace vs. your pace on the treadmill?
     
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    Meh - semantics.

    In the end, they propell your feet for you, making it far easier to run.
     
  5. broccoli

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    Go stand on a running treadmill and wait for it to move your feet for you. :p
     
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    Sonar_un Prowler Orange

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    I ran at about the same pace as I do when I am running on the road. Roughly 10 min / mile.
     
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    Running outside is much more taxing than running on a treadmill!!
     
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    :fawk:

    Seriously, though, you use far less energy on a treadmill at the same pace than you do outside.
     
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    Treadmills don't equate exactly to outside running. There's no wind resistance, the treadmill on a flat setting has a slight downward pull; you're technically running slower than you do outside even if the display shows the same pace.

    To make it closer to outside running, put the incline up to 1% or so, and up the speed a tiny bit. The workload will be more similar.
     
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    xela So say we all!

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    Good to know. I'll raise the incline a bit. :bigthumb:
     
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    Nice tips. I read this in a magazine also...

    The natural hills and traction of the ground is much better for your work out. Once in a while the tread mill isnt much worse than running outside though.
     
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    Yeah- I keep it to 1, max of 2 treadmill runs if weather/time forces me to. More than that and I start getting injured- it's a more reptitive motion than outside running.

    Varying your speed on it helps too.
     
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    xela So say we all!

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    I miss running outside, but it's been too hot for me. I got heat stroke once.
     
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    You should set it to about 2-3% incline to equal running outside.
     
  17. Chris3G

    Chris3G Bullshark Testosterone

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    i walk at 12 degrees. i don't do running :fawk:
     
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    Freaks of genetic makeup need not apply! :mamoru:
     
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    flamingsnowball Only once the drugs are done...

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    run outside and walk on the treadmill. i dont like to run on the treadmill because you cant increase and decrease speed as easily such as sprints
     
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    You don't want to be doing sprints every run anyways- not if you are an actual runner and not just doing HIIT.
     
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    BlinginAssRims Now I'm blaumped out

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    i HIIT the same distance i jog for each day on the way back home. seems to work pretty well.
     
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    That's different from being a runner with race goals, though :wiggle:
     
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  25. ZeroSkillet

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    depends...

    I run all my treadmills at 4.5 inlcine when running and 15 for walking.
     
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