Treadmills have some advantages over road running, and can form a key part of your training programme for the Virgin London Marathon. Treadmills shouldn’t be used exclusively because it’s important to let your body adapt to the road, but you should certainly consider giving them a go.
Up the intensity
Using the treadmill controls, you can increase the intensity of your workout with the push of a button. It’s also easy to do hill running using the incline function. When road running you need to look for a new route to increase the distance or introduce hills, and use a stopwatch to monitor your speed which can make life more difficult.
Monitor your performance
Treadmills are the most simple, accurate way of measuring your performance during your training. Because there are fewer external factors like weather conditions or route diversions that could affect your run, you get a truer picture of how you’re progressing.
Feel the health benefits
Running on the road is quite high impact and can put stress on you joints and tendons. It’s particularly risky in cold weather because you’re more likely to suffer muscles strains, or slip on icy and wet roads. Treadmill running can be kinder to your body, and you won’t have to worry about wearing lots of layers either.
Explore the gym
If you’re using a treadmill in a gym, make the most of the resources around you to enhance and vary your workout. After your run, why not try out the weights, bikes, exercise classes or pool. Most gyms have a thriving community, so they’re also a great place to meet new, like minded people.