View Full Version : Tread Mill or Roadwork


Bobby Shaw
10-02-2009, 09:19 AM
This may sound dumb but still I hope you guys will help.Besides buying waterproof kit and trying to be consistant I think I'm gonna buy myself a tread mill instead of jogging in the rain.This will make it easier for me say just jog in my flat more consistantly.

The problem is with road work I really feel worked over as compared to being on the tread mill.I know I can adjust the gradient and speed on the tread mill but it never feels the same as roadwork.

Anyone in the know ,how do these two compare?Any advantages over the other?

THE REED™
10-02-2009, 09:27 AM
It's much easier to run on a treadmill being that the surface underneath you is moving and you just have to glide with the tempo... on the ground, you have to exert more force to get your body to move.

Obviously roadwork is much better, when comparing.

ABOSWORTH
10-02-2009, 11:23 AM
It's much easier to run on a treadmill being that the surface underneath you is moving and you just have to glide with the tempo... on the ground, you have to exert more force to get your body to move.

Obviously roadwork is much better, when comparing.

Not to mention way less boring than running on a tread mill. I like running on back roads or trails where you have some nice scenery.

That feeling you get after running on a tread mill right when you step off is cool though. It feels like you're moving even though you're standing still. Know'm'sayin?

S31KOU
10-02-2009, 07:24 PM
i prefer roadwork it has a variety of scenery and hills but i tend to get bored on the treadmill though

trigger happpy
10-02-2009, 07:34 PM
Get treadmill because I have one in my basement and I put a tv down so I can easily run 10 miles without even knowing it. Get please!

pk500
10-02-2009, 09:46 PM
Roadwork. Fresh air, change of scenery, possibility of local chicks sunning in bikini tops during the warmer months. :)

RightCross94
10-02-2009, 09:54 PM
I equally despise both. But roadwork is harder, therefore better.

atgatt
10-03-2009, 12:10 PM
Treadmill is just too boring; I got rid of it. When I ride a bike outside, 45 minutes just flies by.

oc9979
10-03-2009, 12:12 PM
i run about 3-4 miles starting in the treadmill. I go outside and run about 1.25 starting

mannyman
10-04-2009, 03:06 PM
I prefer road running as you get the scenery and fresh air etc. I find the treadmill pretty boring.

Personally though when I run on the treadmill my knees don't hurt but when I've been road running I get pains in my knees.

JayCoe
10-04-2009, 07:42 PM
I think roadwork is better because it's free, harder - both physically and mentally because of the differing gradients, tougher surfaces, the pace being set by you alone and you can't 'zone out' so well. However, a treadmill will motivate you to actually run more. If I had a treadmill I'd be running like a hamster on a wheel, just because it feels good to exercise. Also, if you get a good treadmill you can set them to a pre-set which continually adjusts the gradient up and down as if you're outside. I don't know how often these pre-sets come on treadmills because i've never looked to buy one, but it was on the ones I used to use when I would go to the gym.

Either way, there's good and bad to them both. However, if you've got the money, want to go for it and know you'll actually use it. Go for it.