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6/7/10 4:22 P

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I like running outside, but with my schedule it is too dark in the morning to run (not safe) and it is too dark in the evening by the time I take care of what needs to be done. Also, I am a single mom and don't like to leave my son home by himself (even if I am in the neighborhood.) I try to run outdoors sometimes on the weekends when I can, but the treadmill just fits my schedule better.

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6/4/10 4:12 P

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I'd pick outdoors as a strong preference for the fresh air, wind in my face, birds chirping, changing surroundings, and more. However, a treadmill saved my training plan during a recent hotel stay and when October/November comes around... I'm sure the treadmill will appear more appealing...

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6/4/10 1:08 P

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I have only run outside (and only in the rain once), but I can't imagine running on a treadmill. I am actually wondering what I will do this winter since I hate being cold and live in upstate NY. I'll probably run as late in the year as I can comfortably (some new clothes will be in order) and then pick it up again on warm days. I'm hoping that it will be less than 3 months where I would run less than 2x/week, but we'll see. At that point I might consider a treadmill just to stay in shape.

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6/4/10 9:43 A

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I've done both, but as my time running has increased (on week 9 now) I really try to do it outdoors because it gets so boring to me on the treadmill. But I use the one at the gym. If I had it in home in front of my tv it might not be as bad. But it is definitely harder to run outside which is why I also do that. When I first moved outside I was doing it at the high school track, but then it got boring running in circles and because it is flat it doesn't really train me to run in our areas that are all hilly. But since I'm not really into freezing I may go back inside when the weather is bad although I know I should really be a trooper and stay outside. I'll see when winter gets here if I can do the cold.

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6/4/10 9:34 A

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I think if your going to run in a 5K race with other runners you should train outdoors. Seems if you train on a treadmill you struggle with outdoors. Outdoors seems to give you the the advantage in a 5K.
I know some people even run outdoors in the cold. They have clothing for that even. WOW! Talk about dedication!

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6/3/10 10:34 P

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I work 2:30 to 11pm, so if I don't get a run in before work, then it's at the gym on the treadmill because I won't run through the neighborhood (even though it's a good neighborhood!) in the dark. I only count my outside runs as C25K days, though. Anything done on the treadmill is just extra mileage - maybe because it seems easier. I don't know.

The treadmill seems easier because there are no surprise hills and you only have to keep up, not propel yourself. But, at the same time, the treadmill is sooo boring.

IMO, anyway.

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6/3/10 8:51 P

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Weeks 1-6 i used the treadmill... i kept the same pace the entire time (which was a quick jog to a run). Week 7 i decided to try it outside.. it nearly killed my legs, lol... but i was able to do it!! I really enjoyed it.. especially since i wasn't stuffed in my basement but was at a provincial park near my home! That being said.. i hate not being able to track my distance. Also, when im outdoors i can only do a slowww jog pace, but treadmill i am able to go much faster. I do plan on practicing my outdoor running.. but i think i will finish the program on the treadmill (im on week 8 day 1). Today i did week 8, day 1 and i went for 30 mins instead of the 28 and i went 2.67 miles... so i have to move my butt a little faster to be able to do the 5k in 30 mins. I know some people who have been running a long time, who said for a 5k, its not even bad having a time of 35!!!

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6/3/10 5:40 P

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I started the c25K program indoors on a treadmill, then after W4 the weather had gotten nicer so I moved it outdoors. I found it MUCH harder! The surface is fairly flat, but atmospheric pressure, wind, etc., may have contributed. HOWEVER, after I adjusted to it for a few weeks, I went back to the gym and found THAT harder, I think because it seemed hotter and stuffier, and not nearly as interesting! The key to succeeding outdoors, I think, is PACING...I made a special 5K playlist on my iPod, and the beat keeps me where I should be, like when I'm on a treadmill and can control the pace more easily. Aren't we fabulous???

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6/3/10 4:58 P

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Amen to differences between indoor and outdoor running. I have done the majority of my training inside on the treadmill and when I venture outside it is so much harder. I've even done the incline, but it is still alot harder. I am hoping it will get easier, but it hasn't yet and I'm on week 6.

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6/3/10 1:44 P

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I have done all of my running outdoors...haven't hit a tread even once. Granted I live where it rains only occasionally, but I have run in the rain at times and found it to be somewhat enjoyable (as long as it wasn't pouring!). I vote outdoors!

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6/3/10 1:08 P

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Looks like outdoors is winning so far. God Bless you bad weather warriors! I hate the rain and snow!

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6/3/10 12:52 P

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I run exclusively on a treadmill but hope to transition to outdoors soon. Oregon it still fairly wet.

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6/3/10 12:25 P

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I prefer to run outside and do most of my training and running outside. The only exception I make is if the weather is really hot and humid or freezing cold with a windchill! The proper incline for a treadmill to simulate the resistance of running against a stable surface is .5 - 1.0. I enjoy running outside even in 'bad' weather. I feel like a warrior if I have to get a quick run in before a storm rolls in!

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6/3/10 11:56 A

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I do two days a week on the treadmill and one outside because of my shin splints. I find if I run outside everytime that I end up in so much pain after a few days that I can't run at all. I ran my first 5k about 2 weeks ago and my shins have just now started feeling a little better. Running outside is a lot harder but I think it is important to try it at least once a week.

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6/3/10 11:49 A

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For me, running outdoors is a more challenging work-out because there are very few flat places to run in our city unless you run around a track, which I find way too boring. Our neighborhoods have small or large rolling hills, so are challenging.

Also, I have a treadmill for winter running and the surface is slightly cushioned, so it's easier on my legs and feet.

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Okay, I only run outdoor - however, I live in Florida so weather isn't typically an issue. You can run in ice/snow just get YakTrax, I believe they are called. Treadmills make it easier to get miles in during really bad weather. If you decide to check out Craigslist.com for used ones.

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The trick is to change the incline. I have heard it should be at 3 degrees to simulate the earth's shape. I know there are treadmills with built in programs.

Don't buy one just because it is cheap. I have one that I can't run on anymore (since I can actually run now!) It just isn't very sturdy.

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I do not have a treadmill, I would very much like one but alas I do not so I run/walk outdoors.

Thinking about investing in one for the rain and or the snow/ice when it comes.

So what method works for you? 5K's are done outdoors so I would think you should run outdoors. What do you think?

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