TOTR: Say “No” to Treadmill Running

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Some like it and some hate it. I’m sure that runners can all list the benefits of running on the treadmill i.e. you can run when the conditions outside are less than desirable.

I am one of the haters. I don’t own one and I run on one very very rarely.

So here are my reasons why you should NOT run on a treadmill.

  • Lack of air resistance

When running on the treadmill, it is obvious that you are not running through the air. When running outdoors, the wind raises resistance. The quicker you run, the more you feel the air resistance over you. To me, running seems so much harder when there is wind. And we to prepare for such conditions.

I struggled running into the wind during this race

  • Less front slope

Some studies have shown that runners run with less forward inclination of the body when they train on the treadmill. Leaning forward is essential as it maximizes the runner’s ability (and energy) to move forward.  Of course, we want this when we race.

  • Unrealistic Running surface

The treadmill surface is obviously uniformly level and soft. This offers a significant disadvantage. When running outdoors, the surface is mixed: stones, soft and hard surfaces, wet or dry points, and combinations of all these. Running on these varied surfaces is a challenge but it is an important aspect of training as these different surfaces have impact on the muscles, joints and affect balance. And it is rare that we race on a flat, straight (no curves), soft surface.

  • Lack of visual perception

When running outdoors, you move between trees, buildings, cars and other people. When you’re on the treadmill, you are not actually moving so you do not have all this visual experience that gives you the feeling of running. If you are lucky, you can look through a window or at a computer/TV screen. Not the same!!

  • Shorter Length  of Stride

The limited physical size of the treadmill can give you the impression that either you will step off the treadmill or that you will fall.  This usually leads to smaller and/or more perpendicular strides.  I know that I run at a slower pace on the treadmill because when I up the speed, I feel like I will fall off.  I can only comfortably sprint in a race or at the end of a training run outdoors.

  • Running on a limited space

You may feel claustrophobic when running on a treadmill because you are usually in close and restrained space.  There’s nothing like the feeling of the great outdoors (even when it is 0 degrees.)

  • Lack of Confidence

Many runners who do their training runs on the treadmill do not feel properly trained for races (for many of the reasons I  mentioned above.)

  • Boring and monotonous

Running “in the same spot” aka the “dreadmill” can be very boring and very monotonous. No matter what I try…podcasts, music, TV…. 3 miles feels like 13 miles!!

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So there you have it. If you avoid the treadmill like I do, you now have reasons to justify your decision to run outdoors…no matter what.


Since today is Tuesday, I’m also linking up with these wonderful ladies:

Erika @ MCM Mama Runs, Marcia @ Marcia’s Healthy Slice and Patty @ My no-guilt life for

Happy Running!! How do you feel about the treadmill? Please share.

March Recap

March Goals:

  • Run 3-4 times each week (no matter how cold it gets.) YES!
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a few on the treadmill 😦

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on vacation in CA 🙂

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at work

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  • Get some strength training or yoga done. No trips to the gym but occasional planks and lifting weights.
  • Start running with a training group. YES! My group started on Mar. 16. I’ve run 3 Mondays with them.

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  • Do long runs on the weekend to start to train for half marathon on April 18. Sorta. I missed 2 and ran the other 2 in 2 parts.

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after a 5 mile race

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6 miles after a 5 mile race

  • Complete a 5K race. No! My flight got cancelled so I got to Palm Springs too late.
  • Complete a 5 mile race. YES! Two.
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and a 34 sec. PR at 46:29 & 3rd in my AG award

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45:46 – another 43 sec. PR

  • Complete a 4 mile race. YES! 
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and a 13 sec. PR at 37:27

  • Run all my races under 10 min. mile pace. YES!
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Runnin’ of the Green 4m – 9:22

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Shamrock Shuffle 5m – 9:18

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Delmar Dash 5m – 9:10

  • Volunteer at a race. YES! At the HMRRC Winter Series Marathon
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3 hours in the freezing cold!!

  • Run at least 80 miles. YES! 82!!

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However, since this is the month before my half marathon, I should have run more miles.  I’ll blame the cold weather and my trip to California.

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82 three months in a row – how did that happen?

So this month, I was lucky to get to spend 4 sunny warms days in California where I ran, hiked and watched tennis.

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I started knitting again.

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it’s a hat for my friend’s new grandson

April Goals:

  • Run 3-4 times each week.
  • Get some strength training or yoga done.
  • Continue running with a training group.
  • Do long runs on the weekend to train for half marathon on April 18.
  • Complete a 5K race.
  • Complete Half Marathon #12.
  • Run my 5k race under 10 min. mile pace.
  • Win an age group award.
  • Run with my GOTR running buddy.
  • Run at least 85 miles.

Happy Running! How was your March?  Anything special planned for April?

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Monday Running Update

IMG_4595 Last Week: (AP Half Marathon Training week #8)

  • Monday – 3 mile group run with FRW training group

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  • Tuesday – rest, tennis
  • Wednesday – 4 mile run on the TM
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too windy outside – 1st half of last episode of How to get away with murder

  • Thursday – 3 mile run at lunch (too busy at work), hair appt
  • Friday- 3 4 mile run on the TM, mah jongg
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snowing – 2nd half of last episode of How to get away with murder

  • Saturday –  GOTR orientation, rest
  • Sunday –  5 mile race + 5 more miles
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46:29 = PR & 3rd in my AG

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so hard…so slow = 1:02

This Week:  (AP Half Marathon Training week #9)

  • Monday – 4 mile group run with FRW training group
  • Tuesday – rest, tennis
  • Wednesday – 3 mile run at lunch, dinner out with tennis ladies
  • Thursday – 4 mile run 
  • Friday- 3 mile run, mah jongg
  • Saturday –  proctor MPREs, rest, knitting group
  • Sunday –  5 mile race + 6 more miles

Happy Running! How is your running going?  Any races ?

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Monday Running Update

IMG_4595 Last Week: (AP Half Marathon Training week #4)

  • Monday -DAY OFF – 4 mile run on the TM, tennis
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too cold and windy outside

  • Tuesday – rest, tennis
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post tennis birthday celebration

  • Wednesday – 3 4 mile run
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25 degrees! Warmest weather in a long time

  • Thursday – 4 3 mile run on the TM, mall walk with BFF
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I refuse to run outside when it is below zero with the wind chill

  • Friday- rest, mah jongg
  • Saturday –  8.57 mile run, Chinese New Year’s party
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16 degrees with 40 mph wind gusts!!!

  • Sunday –  rest 3.3 mile run, errands
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34 degrees!! Heat wave!!

This Week:  (AP Half Marathon Training week #5)

  • Monday -work at the Bar Exam, rest, tennis
  • Tuesday – work at the Bar Exam, rest
  • Wednesday – 3 mile run on the TM, tennis dinner out
  • Thursday – 4 mile run
  • Friday- rest, mah jongg
  • Saturday –  9 mile run
  • Sunday –  volunteer at  HMRRC Winter Series #6
I’m linking this post up with Tara at Running n’ Reading for her Weekend Update!

Happy Running! How is your running going?  Any races ?

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Tuesdays on the Run: Treadmill Running Tips

Erika @ MCM Mama Runs hosts Tuesdays on the Run with April @ Run the great wide somewhere and Patty @ My no-guilt life!

This week’s topic is: Treadmill Running Tips

As much as I HATE running on the treadmill, it is a necessary evil this time of year.

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So this is what works for me:

  • Wear comfortable clothing.  Even in the winter, you will get warm indoors.  Breathable clothes are necessary. And if you sweat a lot, have a towel nearby.
  • Water! I don’t get thirsty or drink a lot of water when I run EXCEPT when I run on the treadmill. (Maybe it’s the indoors.)
  • Entertainment.  No matter what anyone says, running on a treadmill is boring.  Have a TV nearby.  I use my iPad to watch my favorite television shows.  Lately, I have been listening the podcast, Serial.
  • Vary your workouts. You can do intervals or speedwork.  You can even simulate hills by changing the incline.
  • Rewards.  Yes, you can promise yourself a Starbucks coffee or a sugary snack if you get it done.
  • Run outside if you can.  Only use the treadmill when running outside is unsafe. Especially for long runs.

Happy Running!  Do you have any tips for running on the treadmill?

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Monday Running Update

IMG_4595 Last Week: (AP Half Marathon Training week #2)

  • Monday – rest (SNOW DAY), yoga at home

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  • Tuesday – 3 mile run on the TM at work, tennis
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too cold & snowy – episode 2 of “serial”

  • Wednesday – rest, 3 mile run
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snowy slushy path but a heat wave at 30 degree

  • Thursday – 4 3 mile run on the TM
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back on the TM – sub zero temps – ugh! episode 3 of “Serial”

  • Friday- rest, mah jongg
  • Saturday –  Polar Cap 4 m race + 6 more
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37:40 = PR and 2nd in my age group

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  • Sunday –  rest, nails, cooking
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chili, corn bread

This Week:  (AP Half Marathon Training week #3)

  • Monday – 4 mile run
  • Tuesday – rest, tennis
  • Wednesday – 4 mile run, webinar
  • Thursday – rest, hair appt
  • Friday- rest, mah jongg
  • Saturday –  car appt,  8 mile run
  • Sunday –  rest, volunteer at HMRRC Winter Series #6
I’m linking this post up with Tara at Running n’ Reading for her Weekend Update!

Happy Running! How is your running going?  Any races ?

(Don’t forget to enter my Runner’s Choice giveaway HERE.)

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Friday Five: Fitness Snapshots

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Every Friday, three DC area bloggers Mary at Mar On the Run, Cynthia at You Signed Up For What?! and Courtney from Eat Pray Run, DC to host the Friday Five linkup.  Anyone can join with their own Friday Five post (yes, it must be a Friday Five!!)  They encourage you to visit other blogs on the linkup, comment, share and engage!

This week, the theme is: Fitness Snapshots

1. Tennis – 1 1/2 hours of doubles this week (inside)

2. Walking – 9 1/2 laps of the building – it is still too cold to go outside.

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3. Treadmill – still too cold & icy sometimes to run outside. I ran on the treadmill TWICE this week.

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this podcast is getting me through the runs

4. Yoga – I didn’t actually go to a yoga class but I am doing a few poses each day.

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5. Running – yes, I did run outside in the cold too.  Brrr!

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Happy Running! How did you keep active this week?

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Friday Five: Favorite Indoor Workouts

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Every Friday, three DC area bloggers Mary at Mar On the Run, Cynthia at You Signed Up For What?! and Courtney from Eat Pray Run, DC to host the Friday Five linkup.  Anyone can join with their own Friday Five post (yes, it must be a Friday Five!!)  They encourage you to visit other blogs on the linkup, comment, share and engage!

This week, the theme is: Favorite Indoor Workouts

This is hard for me because I HATE to work out!!!!

But here are 5 that I occasionally do:

1. Yoga – I actually like yoga but running gets in the way and then there is the money to take classes.  I really should do it on my own.

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2. Planks – I was doing these daily for about 1 minute but like everything else, I stopped. But when I remember, I do them.

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3. Weights – my co-worker loves weights and gave me a pair of 5 lbers.  They sit on the floor near by desk at work. Every now and then I do several arm exercises with them.

4. Treadmill – this is only out of necessity.  I run on it when the weather is so bad that I can’t possibly run outside. And I must have my iPad to watch TV on or I will go insane.

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5. Upper & Lower Body Machines at the Gym – I don’t mind these but am lazy about going (even though I belong to a FREE gym.)

Happy Running! What are some of your favorite indoor workouts?

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Monday Running Update

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  • Monday – rest, sun, tennis
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soaking up the sun at Delray Beach

  • Tuesday – rest, sun, fly home to NY from Florida
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morning walk at a wildlife sanctuary

  • Wednesday – walk at work4 3 mile mile run
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back in frigid temps and jumping over ice patches

  • Thursday – walk at work, rest 3.5 mile run
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in the park after work & it’s staying lighter longer 🙂

  • Friday- walk at work, 3 mile run, gym, mah jongg
  • Saturday –  rest, car appt, walk, errands
  • Sunday –  HMRRC Winter Series #4 – 15k, movie

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This Week: (And it looks like a SNOWY one.) – AP Half Marathon Training week #1

  • Monday – rest, walk at work, tennis
  • Tuesday – 3 mile run on TM, tennis
  • Wednesday – walk at work, 3 mile mile run, dinner out with tennis friends
  • Thursday – walk at work, rest, mall walk with BFF
  • Friday- walk at work, 4 mile run, mah jongg
  • Saturday –  rest
  • Sunday –  HMRRC Winter Series #5 – 4 m or 10 m race
I’m linking this post up with Tara at Running n’ Reading for her Weekend Update!

Happy Running! How is your running going?  Any races ?

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TTT

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1.  It is cold. Not cold. Frigid. Like -20 with the wind chill.

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2.  I still have not mastered treadmill running. I run slow.  I can’t handle more than 3 miles.  I ran outside Monday night and survived.  I hope it warms up to 15 so I can run outside tomorrow night.

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3. I am excited and nervous about my upcoming half marathon,

I can’t wait to leave the cold weather?  But will it be warm in Florida?  Will my flight arrive without a delay? (I leave on Friday & my race is 6:30 am Saturday.)

How will I be on race day?  Will I have a good race?

and an extra #4 & #5

4. I am racing (if it warms up) on Sunday,  HMRRC Winter Series #3.  It will be a 10K and my last long training run. I ran this one 2 years ago. I had finished in 1:08:18 (which was a PR at the time.) Now my 10K PR is 57:03. I hope to finish around 60 min.

5. I went to a STEM celebration dinner last night. It was for the volunteers and runners in the Domestic Violence Survivors Group. The women were so proud that they ran a 5k (in the pouring cold rain).

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I can’t wait to do participate in this program again.

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Happy Running! What’s new in your life? How are you dealing with the cold?

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