I did my second 5k treadmill run last night. This time I had my knee braces and my outdoor (road) running shoes. It went very well.
In fact I was feeling so comfortable I pushed up the pace and took 2 minutes off my best (outdoor) time.
Now, I'm willing to believe that it was a badly calibrated treadmill. But... I can also believe that being able to precisely monitor and control my pace, in a way that is not possible running outdoors, actually means I can build up my speed better than I would. My heart rate, monitored by my watch, was a little faster than it normally is, so that implies I really was working a little harder, yet I felt completely able to do so.
So I am optimistic that this will become a valuable tool in gradually building my speed and endurance in a controlled way. And at worst, it allows me to run in all weather and conditions.
What are other people's experiences?