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Posted on 03-30-2015

With approximately 3 weeks to go before our half marathon, training is heating up between Team Alpha and Team Bravo.

Have you ever wondered if there is an advantage or disadvantage between running at the gym versus running outside.

Here are a few of the things we have learned since training for our run:

1. Stability – in outdoor running you are running on many different gradients and varying surfaces, thus providing better training for ankle and knee stability.

2. Weather – bad conditions may affect your training ability and make it potentially hazardous, you need to be careful for wet or slippery surfaces.

3. Grade – to match the required effort of running outdoors you need to make sure your treadmill is at a 1% gradient or incline.

There is advantages and disadvantages to both running on a treadmill and running outdoors, utilizing both will provide better training outcomes. While running outdoors should make up the majority of your training there are times when the treadmill can be more advantageous.

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