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6/29/11 12:25 P

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Treadmills are more convienient -- However, I have found that if you train for a 5K on a treadmill, and then attempt your outdoor 5K -- the feel is much different than the treadmill.

They both have pros and cons. But I am liking the outdoors more lately. Seems like more of a workout doing the training outside than doing the same training on a treadmill. For me, that is best. But treadmills are good if you don't have time to get to somewhere outside to run.

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3/30/11 11:35 A

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I found a free interval timer app on iTunes for my iPhone. It works great.
I can set the intervals; from warm up, to low interval walk, to high interval run, and the number of sets. It plays my ipod music too which makes the time fly by.
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2/25/11 12:11 P

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SCARRUTHERS - thanks for the info about the app! I downloaded it just now, and am looking forward to trying it out. I also downloaded 2 other related apps, so it'll be great to see how it goes.

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2/24/11 8:09 P

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You are going to love the gymboss and the freedom it will give you to stop clock watching!
I love mine!

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2/24/11 7:57 P

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My GymBoss Max just came in the mail today! I programmed it and am anxious to give it a try tomorrow! I'm in W1D3 tomorrow so I also set the program for next week too. Easy to program & hopefully I'll like it! I get tired of watching the clock on the treadmill, now I can just concentrate on keeping going!

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2/24/11 9:29 A

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I have always found running on a treadmill easier. I think that it is because I tend to try running too fast when I am not being held in check by the treadmill program. I don't mean to but I run too fast, get worn out and end up walking the rest of my course. With the Treadmill I don't have to self monitor. Now I have not tried outdoor running in years and I just started my Treadmill workouts at the begining of winter so that I would not lose the weight loss momentum from the summer and my swimming/gardening work. Over the last few months I have fallen in love with running on my treadmill and hope that as soon as it warms up some I will be able to find the same love for outdoor running.

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2/21/11 3:26 P

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KAMCM12, my son has done something similar before. He runs track/cross-country and HATES running in place for the Wii Fit. So, one time when it was storming outside, he ran in a circle inside. My home is set up to where you can go from living room, to my bedroom, to the kitchen, to the middle (game) room, to the living room, etc. The Wii Fit actually didn't record all of his running, though, because he was out of range with the remote. emoticon

ROZE11E, I thought about using the timer on either my ipod or my phone, but I ran into the same challenge you did. Having to reset the timer each interval. emoticon

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2/21/11 11:41 A

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I predominantly run on the treadmill during the winter months and run outside in the spring/summer/fall. I much prefer running outside. IMHO running on a treadmill is somewhat easier because it forces you to maintain whatever speed you have it set at. Outdoors is a completely different story - your pace and the distance you cover is all on you. Either way, I think variety is good and treadmill running provides me with the ability to run even if it is snowing, icy and below zero outdoors.

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There is a Couch to 5K app you can download to your phone. You choose the week and the day you are working on and there is a timer on your phone. It buzzes when it is time to switch modes. It even includes a 5 minute warmup.

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2/21/11 9:56 A

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I got my gymboss (loved the fast shipping) on Friday and it is a great tool to timing your running. I recommend it to anyone looking for an easy to use tool. emoticon

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2/20/11 9:49 A

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I had ran outsite up until the snow started coming down, but since that happened I have ran inside on the treadmill. Now that the weather is starting to get better around here I am going to be running outsite when I can. I thought I had heard that running outside was harder, but I find it to be kind of easy.

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2/20/11 9:49 A

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I've used my iPhone's timer to set the intervals. It works. But, obviously I have to hold it while I run/walk so that I can reset it at the end/start of the next interval. So it's a little annoying. I do switch between hands I hold it with.

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With screwed up knees for the past 30 years, I have always found it easier for me on the treadmill. I stopped running altogether about 10 years, but I am doing the Warior Dash here in ATL in May, so training for that. I know I am going to need to train on the road since the running part of the event is on the road.

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KAMCM12 Posts: 85
2/19/11 12:01 P

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A little bit crazy, but I run indoors without a treadmill.

I have a corridor in my flat and just run from one end to the other. Not hugely stimulating views, but it gets me moving and I don't have to worry about being judged by onlookers.

Hoping to progress to the great outdoors when I have more confidence.

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2/18/11 7:30 P

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I've run inside with the wi fit, but I run outside 90% of the time, 10% inside on a treadmill. I personally strongly prefer running outdoors. I just really enjoy the scenery that goes by and the fresh air. I think running anywhere is great! You are doing something and getting your HR up.

I use a gymboss for setting the intervals. I don't think the BB would work well for that. I do reset mine to show my burn before a run or big work out, but other than that I let it go without resetting.

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2/18/11 2:27 P

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This article has an interesting comparison of outside running vs. treadmill running. I am seriously considering joining a gym that has treadmills and an indoor track so if I do that I am thinking it may be a little easier on me than running outside has been. IMHO walking and running outside does not quite compare to Wii Fit's jogging in place and the walking DVDs like Leslie Sansone - and I use and enjoy both! I just notice that interval training outside is much much more of a challenge for me than the indoor activities. I guess that's good to be challenging my body, but it has been an adjustment to say the least! www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness
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ETTEZEUS's Photo ETTEZEUS Posts: 23,469
2/17/11 11:58 P

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Well, my runs are 50/50....50% of the time I struggle with them and 50% of the time I do ok.
But 100% of the time I am always happy and feel great when I'm finished whether I run 5 miles or 25 miles (well, I've only done the 25 miles twice, but I felt great afterward....LOL)

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2/17/11 11:32 P

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Really, Suezette? So, it doesn't get easier? Great . . . LOL. emoticon

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Happiness is a decision! ;)

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2/17/11 11:22 P

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When I first started running I used the TM. I hated every minute of it! Then one day I decided to run outside. I rarely use the TM anymore (except for when I do speed intervals, then it's easier). Running outside is different.

After 2 years of running, I still have trouble breathing!

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2/17/11 6:26 P

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I also have done the Wii Fit running in place, and I agree that it was much easier than when I went to run outside.

But I guess you do what you gotta do, right?

Susie : )

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Happiness is a decision! ;)

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2/17/11 5:58 P

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It doesn't seem like it would be different, but it is. I started training indoors with the Wii Fit Plus, last year. So, I was jogging in place. It seemed like a piece of cake. Then when I went to run outside, it was hard! Somehow, it's just different. The breathing is the hardest part for me. It's almost like I hold my breath, or something.

I don't have a treadmill, and the weather here isn't good enough for me to head outside, so I am starting out with my elliptical. I still don't think it's as good as running, but it's a start.

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2/17/11 4:51 P

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Hum, You know, I've never really thought about the jog in place situation but if you can do that for 6 to 15 minutes, I don't see why it would be different. You are moving your legs and getting your HR up. I personally prefer to run outside.

I don't know what BB is so not sure how you reset it.
I do have a gymboss and love it. Do you have a watch?

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2/17/11 2:58 P

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Since I am new to this I just have a few questions - does walking inside and jogging in place count? or is it more beneficial to be outside? Right now I am jogging in place any where from 6 to 15 minutes a couple times a day. I know inside is different than outside so I wasn't sure.

Also how do you track the time - BB has a timer but it means having to reset it constantly. I know the gymboss is a great idea so I am thinking that is the way I should go. Or maybe watch the timer on the length of a song?

Sorry the questions are a little silly.

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