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W7R2 Treadmill run went on for ever

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Hi All

This morning I did my 25 min run at the gym on the treadmill (don’t like the dark on my own!) It seemed to go on forever!!

I also feel like I’m running faster and covering less distance.

I think it’s having the time in front of me and the temptation to keep checking it!!

How do others find mixing road and treadmill running.

Only 7 runs till graduation 🎉🎉

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Running down the clock is always tough, and when you don't have the distraction of scenery it is harder.

The chances are you will run faster on a treadmill as it is (dare I say it) easier - or at least more forgiving.

If you havent already, try raising the incline 1-2% as it is meant to make it more like road running.

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jlw34Graduate in reply to Whatsapp

I currently set it to 1%. Definitely nicer with passing scenery 😊


I find silent running quite boring 👍

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jlw34Graduate in reply to SnailRunner71

I do run with music. I’ve never tried a podcast!!

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SnailRunner71Graduate in reply to jlw34

They're a new thing for me!

I don't have any music in my phone 😝

DNB2512 profile image

Treadmills were once used as punishment in prison. But it was banned as being dehumanising. That has been my experience of running on the things too.

Safety is important, and I will never be able to run in your shoes, so I won't criticise your choice. But do look at the crime statistics where you run and see if your concerns about running in the dark are well founded.

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jlw34Graduate in reply to DNB2512

I still run outside on weekends or days off. I think the crime rate is very low but I just hate the dark and would be constantly worrying. Roll on next summer 😁

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SnailRunner71Graduate in reply to jlw34

Am sure it's safe where I live but still wouldn't go out alone in dark!

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Good job. You may have run faster and gone less distance... that’s what treadmills do isn’t it? 😂

Take a hat or something with you and cover the timer up, then you only look if you need to, same as outside.

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jlw34Graduate in reply to UnfitNoMore

Yes it definitely felt like I ran faster and l did cover less distance. Good idea about covering the timer, I’ll try that next time 👍🏼

sr4363 profile image

I started and finished the C25k all on a treadmill. I cover the time display with an ipad showing a running video (look for trail genius on youtube) and listen to EDM to spur me on. I graduated months ago and I'm still running three times a week but just never got round to running outside. However three weeks ago they started a new parkrun where I live so I had to give it a go. The following week I was on holiday in Jersey and so did another parkrun there too. My fourth parkrun will be back home this Saturday and I like the mix of a couple of runs on the treadmill with a 'special' run on Saturday.

If you are not comfortable in the dark then parkrun is ideal. You are with a group of like minded people and its a safe environment to run in. I was far from ready to let the world see me running but it's fine it and it's given me a new running experience mixing things up a bit!

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