Good News: Mondays are usually pretty crumby at work but this morning we found out that we will be closed Christmas Eve. Hallelujah! I can now bake and watch Christmas movies consecutively for four days.
- It gets dark early and I hate running in the dark
- There is not a safe running spot near my house
- I feel less guilty about watching trash tv if I am doing it while running (I am talking to you, Real Housewives of Beverly Hills)
- I am less likely to slack off and slow down because if I do I will fall off of the treadmill and look like a fool
So you could imagine my heartbreak when Janae posted about an article saying that in order to simulate outdoor running the treadmill incline needs to be at 3%. Um, WTF? That’s insane and I don’t buy it for a minute. For the past month (probably longer) I have been training exclusively on the treadmill at .5%-1.0% incline and managed to PR at the Turkey Trot. This was also after not running as much as usual due to being sick and travelling.
I def think that treadmill time and outdoor running is different, but I do not think that the ‘mill is an inferior workout. A 1.0% incline might not have anything on an uphill run in the wind, but when comparing flat outdoor runs to ‘mill runs, I think they are pretty equal. Mentally, I would argue, it is even harder to run on a treadmill. And it seems impossible to get my treadmill speeds up to my outdoor speeds, my outdoor runs are always faster than the ‘mill runs.
I don’t have any real scientific evidence to support this but neither does the article with a measly 14 study participants. I have decided to ignore this article and continue my love affair with the ‘mill.
That being said, I am off to the gym for some treadmill time.
What are your thoughts about the ‘mill vs outside runs?
Are you off for the holidays?
Sadly I used all of my leave time this year travelling for weddings so I will only be off for Christmas Eve, Christmas day, and New Year’s Day