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- March 19, 2006 at 12:39 am in reply to: Treadmill vs. Outside running. PLEASE answer, very curious #20250
I’m sure if you put your mind to it you can calibrate a treadmill workout to match the effort needed for an outdoor run.
I’m more concerned with the experience of running.
Usually I’m in a office or equipment room in front of a screen all day in a climate controlled environment. I want to get out there and feel some weather, maybe even get some dirt on my shoes or jump through fresh snow.
Not that I will go run in any weather but I find the treadmill run a bit flat compared to the real world.
My modest January distance was 150 miles training 4 days a week with the long run increasing from 10 to 16. Shorter runs are 6 to 8 miles either over hills at medium effort or flat course at hard effort.
Hope to stay healthy for a 30k race late in March.
Its true that some treadmills have cushioning. My problem with mills is with the repetitive nature of the footstrike. Streets, paths and trails are irregular and force your muscle/joint combinations to adapt to changing terrain, uphills, downhills etc. Also if there is any weakness in your gait, repeating exactly the same stride will soon expose it, resulting in injury.
That being said, I’ve heard of elite runners who have used treadmills in their training, either because their local weather was terrible or because you could precisely calibrate the pace of the workout.
I voted for more than 1 week of reduced training. This was due to achilles problems which came on strong in June. This type of chronic injury doesn’t result in a layoff but still prevents full training load and keeps you mentally tentative when you should be pushing hard.
The only upside is that when a injury is serious enough you start educating yourself pretty fast and take steps to cure the problem since the alternative is a permanent layoff.
During the last 3 spring seasons, I’ve done 8 to 12 weekly sessions at the local high school track. This is prior to doing local 5k races in May and June. I’m in my 40’s and don’t usually do over 30mpw. A good 5k for me is around 19 minutes.
The different workouts I’ve tried are:
– 8x400m’s with 400m jog,
– 3x1mile with 400m jog,
– 3x(400,300,200,100m sets) with jogs same as repeats
– 5k time trial before the first race.
I can’t say which is most effective. If nothing else it’s improved my anaerobic capacity and has given a “preview”of running under race conditions.
I’d say the most fun is the 4,3,2,1 stepdowns. The least fun are the 400 repeats (especially with 2 left to go).
I started out with the 400’s and then rotated the workouts after the first few weeks which kept me motivated and looking forward to the next session.
I don’t wear any special shoes for winter but I use the ones with the biggest “footprint” such as a control type shoe for the most stability.
On the coldest days in order to stop windchill from blowing through the mesh uppers of my shoes I’ve wrapped cellophane around the front of the sock before lacing up.
Winter is good for keeping you aware of your footstrikes when slippery. I use a “neutral” step when confronted with flat ice, sometimes slowing down to a sliding shuffle if there’s no friction. Also when confronted with slopes you have to “go with the hill” much like skiing on ice instead of trying to lean away from the downhill and losing traction. The point is to stay over your footstrikes instead of ahead or behind them. Sooner or later as Ryan said you will slip and fall. Learn to roll. It’s more dignified than a faceplant.
- January 31, 2005 at 5:13 am in reply to: Poll: What is the most qualifying factor in a good run? #17541
I’d say mental attitude + consistancy. Part of the mental aspect is being able to get through a rough period during the run where you feel either physically fatigued (eg: gone anaerobic on a tough hill) or are getting negative thoughts (eg: 3/4 thru a long run). Knowing you have “run through” these patches before helps.
Over the years I’ve had periods where a series of training runs were crappy due to staleness or injury. Remembering that I have come back from this before is key to motivating me to continue.
One of the attractions of running is never knowing when you will have a “great ” running experience. You can only make sure you have adequate rest and nutrition and then get out the door.
Congrats on surviving the cold. At least your midwest weather warmed up before it hit Ontario.
More like 5F here with consistant winds so you can plan to start
the loop against the wind.
I found the ventilation on the top of shoes can lead to cold toes so when the windchill gets below – double digits I put plastic sandwich wrap around the front of my socks to seal off the wind – feels weird but beats getting frostbite.
– Stay injury free
– Train more systematically
– Race a May or June 5k under 19:20
– Run DamnTuffBluff 50k trail (to finish)
– Race a fall 10 k under 41:00
– Stay fresh for another 25 years of running