On the one hand, you don't have to watch for cars. On the other hand, you get zero real-element practice.


Whether you love or loathe the treadmill, the truth of the matter is during the winter months it might become an essential tool that can help you reach your spring running goal. If the word “dreadmill” is the first thing you think of when you think of indoor running, then read on to find out why treadmill running is more than just a hamster wheel for humans. And for those of you who stick to the treadmill during the entire winter read on to see why you should layer up at least once a week and get outdoors for a run.

Pros of treadmill runs

  • It doesn’t get dark indoors at 4:30 p.m.
  • So long as you are using it for its intended use and not for making music videos, it’s a safe place to run!
  • No matter how much snow falls outside, there isn’t a layer of ice on the treadmill belt.
  • Temperature controlled climate means it’s simple to figure out what to wear and you don’t need layers.
  • Practice specific pacing by setting the treadmill to your exact desired speed
  • Listen to music without worrying about looking out for oncoming cars
  • Multi task by catching up on your favorite Netflix series
  • More shock absorption

Cons of treadmill runs

  • No wind resistance which can make running outdoors more challenging
  • The placement of the arm rails and front console along with running on a moving belt may mean altering your natural running form in a negative way which can lead to injury.
  • More difficult to learn to self-pace when running outdoors—too much treadmill running can make one dependent on setting the treadmill to a specific speed vs learning to run by effort.
  • It’s not race specific. When training for a race you want to train in conditions that will most likely match the conditions you will be running in on race day.

During the winter months are you team treadmill or team pavement?