With the upcoming Virtual 5km race series kicking off in just a number of days I have had a number of questions about whether it would be ok to use a treadmill. Usually my answer would be a straight up no. Then I spent 4 days in Melbourne in 40 degree C heat (110+F) and the treadmill became immediately more appealing. For the Licorice & Olives 5k race series, you can most definitely do your runs on the treadmill, but there are few reasons why the winners will need to do their runs outside to be fair. Looking into this lead me to a few different advantages or each method (and disadvantages).
- You can easily control your speed in order to stay on pace.
- You can watch TV, movies etc to keep your view interesting
- It is easier. On a treadmill, you don’t have to propel yourself forward you only need to jog on the spot, so it is a lot easier.
- Controlled climate – it can be light, air conditioned and not subject you to stranger danger or getting lost.
- No need to carry your water or gels (if you do a really long run on the TM), you can have them right there with you.
- It can get boring, there isn’t any changing environment or varied terrain to keep you interested.
- Expensive – you would either need to buy a treadmill, or have access to one at your gym. You will most likely need to pay for access to it though.
- Can have injuries in your knees because you aren’t using your hamstrings to move forward.
- Interesting – you have the constantly changing environment to keep you engaged and have something to look at.
- You can run with others easily
- Conditions are the same as in a race, so it helps you truly train for the event.
- It is tougher so you get stronger, fitter, and burn more calories running outside.
- Free – walk outside and you can start running!
- When you are halfway through your run and feel like quitting, you are still a fair way from home and so have to finish your workout!
- It is tougher, so it can be harder to sustain for longer periods (particularly if new to running).
- Safety – running in the dark or in strange places can be dangerous.
- Weather – you are at the mercy of Mother Nature.
- You can be injured due to the force on hard surfaces.
110%: Our lucky USA based winner will recieve a pair of 110% compression socks. 110% combine the benefits of the long recognised R.I.C.E. (Rest, ice, compress, elevate) for quick recovery, which will you will need after working out to your full potential with increased circulation and reduced swelling.
Bikini Cookbook: The lucky Australian based winner will be able to cook up some delicious meals with their Bikini Cookbook. The recipes are wonderful and it was originally recommended to me by a few of the Virtual 5k participants! You can even jump over to her website to grab a few free recipes.
Unfortunately I have only been able to line up sponsors for Australia and USA for the January race. If anyone is interested in sponsoring, please let me know at Madison@licoriceandolives.com