treadmill vs. outdoors

@syndibee (799)
United States
October 24, 2009 8:40pm CST
Any outdoor runners ever transition to a treadmill? Is there any special trick to do so? I know I don't maintain a steady pace when I run outside and I am just a bit nervous about falling off the back of the machine or just not being well challenged and having to play with buttons all through my workout. My husband just got me a treadmill so I don't have to go out in the cold and dark in the mornings. Now I need to put it to good use. I also run barefoot normally and I tried out the treadmill in sock feet and it was rather slippery. Is it a given that one has to wear shoes on a treadmill? Any input appreciated
2 responses
@BART78 (2931)
• Canada
25 Oct 09
..hi, I raised this question before to my trainer and he didn't give much that much explaination, but for me, running on TM feels somewhat easier physically co'z the ground is being pulled underneath your feet and there's no wind resistance. Running outdoor demands more from your body co'z you're propelling your body forward stride for stride. Many TM's are padded, making them a good option if you're overweight or with knee injury and want to decrease the impact. You can better simulate outdoor running by setting your TM at 1% incline. Mentally, you may have a tougher time dealing with the monotony of the TM. It's easier to distract yourself when running outside. The bottom line, is if you're training for outside race, it's much better running outside but if it's for your physical fit, then is ok to run on TM..have a nice day!!
@syndibee (799)
• United States
25 Oct 09
thanks for your reply. I did notice the treadmill is "easier" and I don't like not feeling the challenge. Though my heart rate rises and I'm able to keep track of distance, calories, incline, and speed; I just don't feel the same intensity. I started running for health. I want to be healthier, wanted to lose a few pounds, and read that running was the "best for the buck" You don't need a lot of equipment and you don't need a lot of acrobatic skills. I now run because I love to run. I like running races to show myself how far I have come. Though races aren't my real goal they certainly are a part of keeping my motivation up. I guess I'll run the treadmill this winter for safety's sake and move back outdoors in the spring when it's not dark so late in the mornings and early in the evenings. Safety is more important to me than ideal.
• United States
1 Jan 10
I am generally an outside runner. I usually run with shoes on, but have done so with out shoes before. When I transitioned to the treadmill...I had this big feeling of monotony like the one expressed above. I was so used to feeling the ground shifting under my feet and the ever changing landscape that I stopped running on the treadmill after 10 minutes. I prefer going outside for the fresh air and for the variety.
@Pigglies (9336)
• United States
27 Oct 09
Maybe try taking off your socks? Or get those yoga toes socks with the grip bottoms maybe. I've seen YouTube videos of barefoot running studies on treadmills so I know it can be done. Actually a treadmill is probably the only place I would run barefoot, if it was my own treadmill so I knew that nasty feet hadn't been on it. I want to get a treadmill, but then I'm too lazy to actually go out and look at them and I keep thinking that our weather here really isn't that bad anyway. I don't mind running in rain, we don't get snow, and on the few days when it hails I can be on the exercise bike. However, if I could get a free treadmill I'd give it a try.
@syndibee (799)
• United States
27 Oct 09
I did take off my socks and enjoyed todays walk on the treadmill. Today I did speed walking with hills. It was quite a work out and I was sweating after 30 minutes. One of my feet is tender now though. I'm planning on staying barefoot though. I'm hoping this will continue my foot conditioning as I play with this new machine. I had to move inside as I won't run alone outside in the dark. I have no running partner and I'm alone with 2 little kids during all daylight hours. So the treadmill it is. I find it harder than outdoors. It is definitely different.