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Friday, February 12, 2010

Question for all you runners out there

I have to hurry off to school (I'm subbing first grade for the 2nd day in a row) But I have a few questions for all of you.

I asked it on twitter this AM, so I apologize if this is a repeat for any of you.

1. When I run on the treadmill, should I run at an incline? I'm training for my first 5k, which will be outside and I really haven't had a lot of experience with running outside.

When you run outside, where do you put your keys and cell phone?

Any other tips for a treadmill-only runner who is trying to transition to running outside?



At February 12, 2010 at 8:55 AM , Anonymous Andrea @ said...

I would recommend using at least a 1% incline. I ran on the treadmill for a long time because running outdoors hurt my knees and hips, but when I ventured outside I found it to be much more challenging. Nowadays, I might use a 1.5% incline on the treadmill. I hope that helps! Best of luck!

At February 12, 2010 at 9:58 AM , Anonymous susan said...

yep, a little incline will help. the naturally more bumpy/slopey terrain outside will make a difference in your muscles and endurance.

there are little slim fanny pack looking things or shoe clips etc for putting your keys, ID etc in while you run.

caitlin at the healthy tipping point will give you lots of good ideas if you want to run it by her.

At February 12, 2010 at 10:16 AM , Blogger Sammy Sue said...

I attempted five 5K races last year and I thought they were a lot harder than running on the treadmill! I agree that running at a 1% incline helps you get a more accurate feel for what outside is like... or maybe run on the random hill setting so you can get a variation since most 5K courses have at least a few small hills. And I have a little wrist band thing that you velcro around your wrist and it has a zipper on it so that I can put my house key or ID or whatever I want in there.

Good Luck!

At February 12, 2010 at 10:18 AM , Anonymous Kara (@ Kara's Marathon) said...

I'd also recommend running a little faster on the treadmill than your goal race pace; the effort exerted running faster on the treadmill will be about the same as running at your normal pace outside.

Spibelts are awesome for storing anything and everything, and they don't bounce at all when you run!

Good luck :D

At February 12, 2010 at 11:27 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good questions! I actually had heard of people adding a little incline on the treadmill but never think to do it. So I might also try that out.

As for keys and cell phone. Before I got my SPIbelt i would tie (doubleknot) my key to my shoe using the shoelace. Cell phone I would jam into my pocket. I hated that. So now the Spi belt works awesome and seems to hold key and phone no probs.

At February 12, 2010 at 3:06 PM , Blogger Tricia said...

I rarely run on the treadmill (I'm lucky enough to live in a warm state), but when I do I make sure to have a slight incline. That feels more like outdoor running for me. As far as the keys go, I have an iFitness sportbelt that I wear. Its great!

At February 12, 2010 at 3:27 PM , Blogger Mari said...

Oh I am so happy that you asked this question!!!! I am going to raise the incline from now on...

At February 12, 2010 at 9:04 PM , Blogger Ca88andra said...

Not being a runner I can't help you! But when I go walking I put my keys in a pocket and hold my phone.

At February 12, 2010 at 9:16 PM , Anonymous Olga @ Healthing It said...

Yeah, I run on a 1% incline usually. I started running on the treadmill first but I have to say I am completely in love with running outside.

I think it's easier AND more fun!

At February 13, 2010 at 3:56 PM , Anonymous Lily @ Lily's Health Pad said...

I run at a 0.5 or 1 percent incline. Running on the treadmill is way harder than running outside for me. I feel that 1 percent incline!

At February 13, 2010 at 5:09 PM , Anonymous said...

Agreed, you always want at least a 1% incline to mimic outdoors.

I tie my key to my shoe strings and don't usually take my phone. You can find some good belts online to keep your running stuff in though.

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At February 13, 2010 at 6:12 PM , Blogger EatTravelEat said...

Yes, a little incline helps as there are many bumps in the real world which feels quite different than from running on a treadmill. For me, I run outside usually so running on a treadmill is still weird to me. I feel like I am running faster than I am actually am...

As for the keys and cell phone they are usually in my pocket or in a light backpack.

At February 14, 2010 at 6:01 AM , Blogger Gina said...

I'm not currently a runner, BUT I used to be. I would definitely run on an include if I were training on a treadmill. You need to make the situation as much like the actual situation as possible. An include of maybe 2-3 is a must.

Take your key off your key chain, and put it in a pocket or hold it. Lock your wallet in the car.

Good luck ;)

At February 14, 2010 at 7:46 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have never put the treadmill at an incline and always been okay when I ran outside.

I just bought a Spibelt for my keys. I used it for the first time today and it was awesome. It didn't bounce at all. It was $20.

At February 23, 2010 at 7:26 AM , Blogger Sarah @ See Sarah Eat said...

I have heard that putting the treadmill at a 1.0 incline is supposed to "simulate" outdoor conditions. But I have found that the incline on the treadmill hurts my shins, so I usually avoid it unless I'm feeling up for the challenge.

If the course you are running on is flat (for your 5K) then don't worry about it now. If it has some inclines or hills though, you may want to start training for those so they don't surprise you.


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