Treadmill Running vs Running Outdoors

I. Love. Running. 

I love running outdoors and feeling the sun on my face, the wind though my hair and the freedom you get from running outdoors.  I love getting up early in the morning and going for a run when most other people are tucked up in bed.  I love running in all seasons, Wind, Rain, Sun, Sleet, Snow.  I love running through puddles.  I love it when you get soaked to the skin and I love it when the sun shines through the trees as I run through the park.

If I were to choose between running outside and running on the treadmill, running outside would almost always win.  I don’t see the point in running on the treadmill when you can just step outside and benefit from fresh air, scenery and fun!  And don’t even get me started about people who hold onto treadmills!! >:-O

That said, I do accept that treadmills… or ‘dreadmills’ as I like to call them, are good for somethings:

  • To help beginners get used to running.
  • For injured people to greadually get back into running with the opportunity to stop if they need to.
  • For overweight or self consious people who feel more comfortable running indoors  than running outdoors.
  • As part of a gym workout: warm up or cool down.
  • To do structured hills, speed or interval workouts.
  • When the weather outside is frightful:  Ice or Hurricaines might just get me running on the treadmill instead of outdoors. 😉

But wouldn’t you rather run through this, than run in a smelly noisy gym on a treadmill??



Anyway, I got together some reasons why both are good (and some reasons why I’d rather run outside than on the dreadmill.)   Go on, you know you want to. 🙂

I hope you enjoy.  Please add to them if you think of any more! (Use the comment field below).

Finally, here are some other posts I’ve done about running and treadmill running. 🙂

Simple Treadmill Hill Run
Get up and go…stick to your runs…
Wk3 – 2.5M beaten by the Dreadmill
Wk3 – 5k speedwork then Bodypump: it all nearly killed me
Wk51 – 5M steady run on treadmill
Wk49 – 7.6M treadmill hill session
Wk49 – 8k progressive treadmill speedwork
Running in the dark
Run Workouts
Run Workouts (using your Heart Rate)
Up Hill Running Tips
Downhill Running
Running Long
Q. How to run faster?
The days are getting shorter…

Happy running!

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1 Response to Treadmill Running vs Running Outdoors

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