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Old 09-25-2009, 12:50 PM #1
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Is it just just me or does anybody find the running machine easier than going out on the street and pounding the road?

I take a couple of days ago as an example; I ran on the running machine and managed to run 5 miles is 39 minutes, after the run i felt like i could go further but i set a target of 5 miles and stopped after that. But then when i do a 5 mile run on the road i get a LOT more tired and ran it in 44 minutes.

5 minutes in normal time may not seem like much but the guys on here who run daily will no thats a lifetime!!!!!!

Road running for me is the business, love late night runs, earphones in, cold air, if its raining even better!
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Old 09-25-2009, 12:58 PM #2
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I find treadmills harder to be honest, extremely boring and just couldn't be bothered with them whenevers theres a perfectly good running surface outside. You could find the route your doing outside is hilly which is why your doing it in a longer time than on a treadmill.
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Old 09-25-2009, 01:41 PM #3
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i find running on the road more benificial than running on the tredmill.
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Old 09-25-2009, 01:44 PM #4
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Is it just just me or does anybody find the running machine easier than going out on the street and pounding the road?

I take a couple of days ago as an example; I ran on the running machine and managed to run 5 miles is 39 minutes, after the run i felt like i could go further but i set a target of 5 miles and stopped after that. But then when i do a 5 mile run on the road i get a LOT more tired and ran it in 44 minutes.

5 minutes in normal time may not seem like much but the guys on here who run daily will no thats a lifetime!!!!!!

Road running for me is the business, love late night runs, earphones in, cold air, if its raining even better!
That's because you aren't going against wind, slopes and heights when you hit the road. When you're on the machine you aren't going against anythin except yourself, that's why it takes longer.
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It can also be that your just running slower on the road. On a treadmill you are forced to run at whatever speed it's set to or you'll fall off. On the road there's no way to judge how fast you are running.

Too boring running on a machine. I prefer running outside. I run on the roads too not a track (going in circles is only slightly less exciting than running in one spot on a machine.
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Old 09-25-2009, 02:25 PM #6
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Is it just just me or does anybody find the running machine easier than going out on the street and pounding the road?

I take a couple of days ago as an example; I ran on the running machine and managed to run 5 miles is 39 minutes, after the run i felt like i could go further but i set a target of 5 miles and stopped after that. But then when i do a 5 mile run on the road i get a LOT more tired and ran it in 44 minutes.

5 minutes in normal time may not seem like much but the guys on here who run daily will no thats a lifetime!!!!!!

Road running for me is the business, love late night runs, earphones in, cold air, if its raining even better!
it could be your foot wear are you wearing a certified pair or shoes that are meant for running
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Running machines are much easier. The two aren't even comparable. Running 5 miles on the running machine was tiring but generally quite easy, running it on the road is pretty tough. I've realised this and always wondered why running your miles on the road is much harder, these are the only possible reasons I can think of;

- Outside running means you're on uneven surfaces
- Outside includes different gradients
- When in a gym on a tread mill you can "zone out" and just run, outside you look around and think a lot more. You're always put back in the "real world", so it's psychologically harder.
- Treadmills set a constant pace. You kind of just move your legs along with it, while on the roads you do it all yourself.

Whichever reason, I 100% agree, running on the road is much harder. It's much nicer though, a nice run when it's starting to get dark and it's got a nice cool breeze coming, much nicer like being trapped on a running machine like a ****ing animal. I don't like actual gyms, look at them, people look like caged animals just "exercising", no personality to them. Boxers don't need gyms like that, we need a boxing gym of course, but other than that run outside, skip outside, bodyweight exercises and get a punch-bag. Gyms are only good for two things i) MAKING you go. If you pay you motivate yourself. ii) Weights, for those who want to use the machines.

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Is it just just me or does anybody find the running machine easier than going out on the street and pounding the road?

I take a couple of days ago as an example; I ran on the running machine and managed to run 5 miles is 39 minutes, after the run i felt like i could go further but i set a target of 5 miles and stopped after that. But then when i do a 5 mile run on the road i get a LOT more tired and ran it in 44 minutes.

5 minutes in normal time may not seem like much but the guys on here who run daily will no thats a lifetime!!!!!!

Road running for me is the business, love late night runs, earphones in, cold air, if its raining even better!
strange i run a lot faster when i run on the road... probably machines have a bit off offset on milleges vs. timer.
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Constant pace is the main factor for threadmills being easier.
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I run on both the road and treadmill. The treadmill helps condition my body to run at a certain pace. Once I get on the road, that's the pace that my body knows and recognizes so if I try to go slower than that, it feels very uncomfortable to me.

If your running on a treadmill, you should place the incline to at least 1.0, because at 0.0 you it's really like jogging on a slight slope, not to mention that your the treadmill does some of the work for you in running.

Running on the road, does condition your legs more than normally running on a treadmill, but the constant impact over longer periods can be damaging. Regardless where you run though, you should wear good running shoes.
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