>Running 101>Treadmill vs. Outdoor running
Wisecracks to other posters aside, I say if the treadmill helps you get your run in, then by all means, use it. Most runners hate the things because they are extremely boring. If you know you're not going to run in the cold, though, it seems to me you're better off to run on the treadmill.
Bring it on.
I run for Fried Chicken!
OK, I'm humbled...the dreaded treadmill made me adjust my speed to a mere crawl (4.9) to silence my HRM! Does anyone see a decline in their pace on the treadmill vs. outside? I had the incline set at 1.0 and on manual.
Has anyone mentioned shin splints yet? Thus far, I've done the vast majority of my running on the treadmill (for lack of owning the necessary winter gear) and when I run too many miles in too short a span of time, I end up getting shin splints from using it. That's not something that normally bothers me when I run the same mileage outside. Just my two cents.
Ive always wondered if running on a treadmill was easier than outside. It seems like to me running outside you are having to propel yourself forward using your legs and keep yourself moving, where on a treadmill the belt is moving and you have to pick your legs up and down so you dont get thrown off. You are not actually working to get anywhere. Does that make sense? I have not seen any studies on this, just always wondered.