By Simon Gould
Here are details about training on a treadmill. This is whether you're on a treadmill because you're training for a race or maybe you want to get fit. I also have some pages about anyone suffering pain or injuries while running. I've tried to cover everything for people who are experienced with treadmill running and need some further information.
Training for a race on a treadmill
There maybe times when you can't get outside for some reason. Maybe the weather is bad, but that needn't stop you training for an upcoming race. I have drawn up detailed plans for the most popular race distances. These assume you are familiar with running and have a level of fitness already. They can fully train you for the distances mentioned.
This helps your normal runs quicken. Speed training is often done by expert runners and athletes. They are a way of training that exceeds your comfort zones. These pages contain detailed instructions on how to incorporate these kind of workouts into your routine. I even have sprints and HIIT which are tough and challenging but rewarding runs.
The treadmill itself
I've looked at the heart rate sensors on treadmills. They are usually woefully inaccurate and you are better off having a heart rate chest strap. To help runners the heart rate guidelines are here too. To get the most out of aerobic exercise you're advised to train at a percentage of your maximum heart rate. Treadmills can go fast as my other page tells you.
General training help for treadmill users. Building endurance is something you may not have considered before but certain workouts can help enormously with this. Many questions you may have, have been answered to help you get the most out of your equipment. If you lift weights, do you do cardio exercise before or after? I have quotes from experts and answers.
One of my most popular pages is, why do I run slower on a treadmill? Science says we should be quicker but the world records tell us otherwise, further research is needed. Other advice is the proper form to use on a treadmill as well as how to get the best results. Running on a treadmill everyday may be ok for some and not for others. The page below discusses this:
When you've been running on a treadmill for some time you may be more attune to how your body is managing. After a while your shins may start hurting. Or you may feel it in your knees. The medical advice below should help with any questions you may have. Some of us who enjoy our runs may be pleased to know that you can still exercise with some sickness, details below: