Before starting this programme I was advised never to run on a hard surface (years long back problems now +/- okay). I stuck to this advice and ran in the woods, also because it was too hot here in central Europe to run in full sun. Then came W8R2 when it was cooler, and I conveniently forgot/ignored the advice and went on a run involving tarmac for 10 mins and never again I can tell you. It was back to the woods for run 3 today which was fine again.
However, woods all winter aren't very attractive. I've heard a treadmill is soft to run on too, can anyone confirm this? Is it softer than a dirt track? And what about those soft track affairs with wood shavings or whatever they are, someone told me yesterday there's one locally I could use at weekends. It's attached to a school, couldn't go there and make an exhibition of myself during school hours
Also about treadmills - how do you know what speed/incline/??/etc to start at?? I've never been on one of the things in my life. Help!