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3/30/10 11:54 A

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I did weeks 1-7 of the C25K inside, on my treadmill. However, I knew I was in for a surprise when I would take it outside because I had read about running on the treadmill being easier because it helps propel you. So I did the entire first 7 weeks on the treadmill at an incline of 2.5-3.5%.

When I finally worked up the courage to take it outside, it was a breeze. Because I had been used to running pretty much on a constant hill, it was like nothing!

In retrospect, I would change a thing! Of course, it was not easy to run on that incline, but since I did it from the beginning of the program, my body didn't know anything else.

So maybe crank up the incline gradually? This may help for a smoother transition.

Oh, and I agree that the elliptical is NOT equivalent to the treadmill. I can go on the elliptical at a higher resistance for over an hour, but I am definitely not there with running yet!



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3/30/10 11:28 A

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thanks for all the post. I jog outside as much as I can about every other day. This week I have been able to do it everyday so far including this past saturday and sunday. I just didn't really understand why I could go so long on the elliptical but not outside. But i guess it is because I am using different muscles.

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3/30/10 9:45 A

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I agree with everything that has been said so well by everyone else. You really need to do the running on the road or a track surface. Some use the treadmill and it has it's place, but you use different muscles even on a treadmill than you do on firm surface. Use the elliptical on your non-run days to help increase blood flow through your joints and across your muscles to assist in repair and recovery.

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3/30/10 8:38 A

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Hit the great outdoors my friend! There is nothing else compared to running out on the "open road." Not even a tread can get you ready for running outdoors.

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3/29/10 11:26 P

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I agree elliptical is not really equivalent to running. For one, the impact of running will gradually strengthen your bones, but you will not get this benefit on an elliptical machine. Of course if you have chronic knee problems, injuries or bone fractures, elliptical is perfect, but not for a C25k type goal.

I find it much easier to run longer outside than on a treadmill, so it might be a case of personal preference. Maybe if you slow your pace down when running outside, you will be able to run farther?

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3/29/10 11:16 P

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The elliptical is a viable cross training option, however I don't think it should be used for the C25K. when you use the elliptical on a lower resistance and elevation it is much easier to run on it then it is to run on a track or on a treadmill. However moving to a higher resistance and elevation causes your body to use different muscles (i.e your glutes) to propel yourself. Its an excellent machine, and I use it every now again to firm up muscles you just don't use as much during running. However don't give up on running, that should be your main way of doing the C25K.

I will look into this further and see what kind of pace I would need to be going to equate a 5km pace if that will be of use.

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3/29/10 11:06 P

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Hey, I didn't know you could do the C25K on the elliptical? If so, I may not need to repeat week 3 on the treadmill.

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3/29/10 11:05 P

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Sorry I went right into my question and didn't even introduce myself. I am 23 and just had my 4th baby about a month ago. I have always loved the way I felt after running but through the years I have put on to much weight and have been lazy so I am starting again from square one.

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3/29/10 11:03 P

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I can go forever on the elliptical and can go fast running 7 min miles but when I try to run outside I can barley get in a half a mile. I was wondering if there are any suggestions to increasing the outside running time and endurance?

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