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Treadmill Conversion

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We all know there are crazy runners out there, those who run in blizzards and when it’s so cold that your tears freeze to your lashes, those who truly let nothing stop them from getting out for a run. But if you’re not one of those brave (unhinged?) runners, you’re probably getting to know your treadmill quite well during this cold snap.

Truth be told, I’ve always hated the treadmill. However, after using it and the Alter G in PT this winter I’ve discovered that it’s not totally awful – just mostly awful. There’s a lot of debate about how treadmill running compares to outdoor running, and I will ALWAYS urge outdoor running if you’re training for a race seeing as most races are, well, outdoors, but one blog has come up with a rough conversion chart for how treadmill running compares to outdoor running.

http://www.hillrunner.com/training/tmillchart.php

I’m not entirely sure what I think of this, but I do think it’s an interesting concept. I don’t agree with the incline bit, per se, but hill training certainly has benefited by flat-terrain pace. So, take it with a grain of salt and do with it what you will, but I think it’s too interesting not to pass along. Happy Running (and defrosting)!

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