Well, due to a number of reasons (dark, wet, no street lights, no pavements, mad tractor drivers) its very difficult to run outside during week nights, so I decided to try a treadmill for the first time.
I read all the comments on this site about and treadmills and there are obviously lots of opinions, so thought I would give it a go with an open mind.
I set the gradient at 1% as I read this helps simulate outdoor running and then upped the speed to what felt reasonable and sustainable.
Got to say, I was pleased with my run, I achieved a PB doing 5K non stop in just over 34 mins!! Although it was a bit boring with only my tunes to keep me going I really did like to ability to "fix" my running pace (speed). This meant that I knew in advance if I kept running at a constant speed what my 5k time would be.
Whilst I will always prefer running outside, I don't know when I will be able to repeat the above time as I seem to struggle setting a reasonable pace and sticking to it when outside.
So, I will use the treadmill again as I certainly felt that I did a run!! I think that running on a treadmill and outside both have their place.