Running on a treadmill vs. outdoors

Updated: Aug 28, 2018

Treadmill running and road running are not quite the same. Running on the treadmill is easier than running outdoors, for a variety of reasons. One reason is that the treadmill belt assists leg turnover, making it easier to run faster. So most runners find that their pace on the treadmill doesn’t correlate to their road pace. Also, some of the soft tissue conditioning or “hardening” that occurs with road running does not occur with treadmill running because the plate or base on the treadmill "gives" more than road surfaces. And, obviously there are no weather conditions to deal with when running indoors.

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However, the treadmill can be a great training tool. Because treadmill running is easier, use it for speedwork. Use the treadmill to help you run faster by speeding up the pace for short intervals and then slow it down for recovery intervals. This is a very convenient way to get in some speed work or tempo runs in a controlled setting. (And check out RW’s new on-demand treadmill workouts, available for streaming straight to your device.)


However, the treadmill can be a great training tool. Because treadmill running is easier, use it for speedwork. Use the treadmill to help you run faster by speeding up the pace for short intervals and then slow it down for recovery intervals. This is a very convenient way to get in some speed work or tempo runs in a controlled setting. (And check out RW’s new on-demand treadmill workouts, available for streaming straight to your device.)



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