Slower on a treadmill?
May 23, 2011 1:33 PM Subscribe
I have just begun running on a treadmill with some regularity. I've been running in general for about 3 years. Why is my treadmill experience the opposite of what I had expected?
posted by Ignatius J. Reilly to Health & Fitness (12 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
Due to convenience, sometimes weather, and a desire to exercise at the same time as my wife (who despises running) I have started running on a treadmill at the gym regularly. Otherwise I typically run outdoors, on dirt or gravel as much as possible.
I read up on treadmill running before I started. One consistent theme was that the treadmill is "easier" than running outdoors--one should expect his speed to be a bit faster, his times shorters, endurance better, etc. This has not been the case for me at all.
I find that my "comfortable" mile times are much higher on the treadmill (around 10 minutes, as opposed to 8:45-9:15 outside) and that I get tired faster and am more likely to want to walk for a couple minutes in the middle to catch my breath. I don't think this is a problem exactly, but I'm curious if anyone else has had this experience, if there is a likely explanation, and if this means I should be concerned in some way about my form or fitness.