I"m an outdoors person all the way, because I live in a "lucky" climate. Winter may get cold and wet here, but it's never snowy or icy, and since I overheat so easily winter is my best running time. Besides, the gym is always too hot. In our scorching summers, I run earlier or later to cope with the heat.
For those in snow climates, treadmill-running may be a necessity.
But I have found that the way your body moves is very different on the treadmill. You're not so much pushing off as pulling-and-hovering, and that change in stride really affects things like your hips and the groin muscles. If you run exclusively on the treadmill, you may not be as ready for outdoor running at first as you thought.
- 2/23/2010 1:22:46 PM