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Track, Treadmill, Trail, or Sidewalk?

I wasn't born a runner, but now that I've been doing it for a while, I crave it. Even when I get on my sneaks to go for a walk, I get this surge of energy and inspiration to run instead. Running gives me an incredibly strong feeling inside and out. It helps me clear my head and work my heart.


My favorite place to run is on a trail because it's so quiet. I love being surrounded by trees and all the sticks, hills, rocks and toads (I saw one on the trail yesterday) make an interesting obstacle course. Running on a trail in the woods is more fun and it makes the time go by really fast.

What about you? When it comes to running, what's your preference?

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bluiedgrl bluiedgrl 9 years
I use my treadmill. I watch movies or some sort of crazy VH1 show to keep me from dying of boredom.
Ericka Ericka 9 years
Despite living in a state which has great weather I am definitely a gym person. I stick with the elliptical since it's easier on the knees. If I do run (which I do rarely) it's the treadmill.
Vexedlovely Vexedlovely 9 years
My only choice is the treadmill now. Snow SNOW AND MORE Snow where i live. I hate it now, but i am trying to change my attitude because it is good for me. And when it gets warm again I will go back outside.
almostloli almostloli 9 years
sidewalk.. but i wish we had trails around here..
jiujiu jiujiu 9 years
i live on the beach so whenever i can, i run along lake michigan... actually i take the train 6 miles from my apartment, then run home on the beach. it's seriously the best workout. when i run on the treadmill i get SO BORED. i don't know what to do with myself... seriously people, how do you keep from going stir-crazy from running in place????
arihm arihm 9 years
treadmills just bore me to death. I prefer trails but sidewalk is ok too.
Allytta Allytta 9 years
i hate tredmill... can take only 3-5 minutes of it. so depressing and boring... and somehow i feel really tired on it while running, but outside in a park is just great! can run for 30min and i'm not even a real runner (do it less then once a month now).
smarler smarler 9 years
While the treadmill gets boring, it's always there for me, regardless of the rain or the heat, or the cars in my way.
karisaamy karisaamy 9 years
Trail always - I hate the treadmill and My knees can't handle track or road. Plus, it looks so much better, and my dog can run along without her leash on when we run on a trail.
Spectra Spectra 9 years
I usually just run on the sidewalks around my neighborhood. I live in a small city with not-so-busy streets, so I don't have to worry too much about getting hit by a car or anything. I also use my elliptical machine when it's too icy or snowy to run outside, but I really prefer working out outside so I'm not so painfully aware of the time. Seems like when I run outside, it doesn't seem like it takes as long as when I work out on an elliptical or a treadmill.
loux2 loux2 9 years
workofiction - i've recently been a bit dubious about taking it outside but found has a fantastic route planner - you just plug in your postcode and you can click a route around where you live :) (sorry if linking is not allowed)
nikisix nikisix 9 years
I like to mix it up...if I can get myself out of bed in the AM I like to run outside, but if it's dark outside after work I stop by the gym and use the treadmill. However I just moved to a new neighborhood with a high school track across the street...I might need to check it out.
gumdrops334 gumdrops334 9 years
my apartment complex has a fitness center with treadmills, so I usually use those. at my parent's house, there is a track nearby so I use that when I visit. i should check out the trail near my campus, I bet its fun
sammyof2 sammyof2 9 years
i like to be distracted and when youre on a trail you pay attention to more than just how long youve been running
drummerchick1 drummerchick1 9 years
when i do run, it's at work. i work at a daycare and i'll sometimes run with the kids on the playground. they encourage me and keep me running, and they make it fun and FUNNY. :)
AMP AMP 9 years
I wish I could say trail, but the only trails by me are hills, so thats more hiking. I definitely can't run uphill for an extended period of time. I voted for treadmill because its the easiest for me to run on. I'd love to be able to step out my door onto the sidewalk and go for an extended run, but its just so much harder than the treadmill that my body can't handle it... YET! Hopefully yet, hopefully I can get there some day.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
Treadmill...jut cuz it's at the gym, sitting there, and I can't pass it up or make an excuse!
bawp125 bawp125 9 years
I use the treadmill because I love knowing exactly what my speed and distance traveled are, but if there were good trails by my house, I would enjoy using those. I took an overuse injury class recently and it made me too scared to run on the sidewalk anymore, because it is so hard on the joints.
Daisy6264 Daisy6264 9 years
I like the treadmill.
gooniette gooniette 9 years
i can do the elliptical or bike, but running hurts my knees way too much.
lintacious lintacious 9 years
trail or road for me. treadmilling is way too boring ((its completely different from running too)) and you should not run on sidewalks; the cement is much harder on your joints than the asphalt of a road.
tabloidprincess tabloidprincess 9 years
I do the treadmill!
mtiger mtiger 9 years
I love the treadmill right now because I'm doing the couch to 5K plan, so I need to know what speed I'm running at. But, I'd prefer to be outside in my neighborhood. Does anyone know of any equipment that will tell me what speed I'm going at? (Something kinda cheap...I just graduated college and I'm broke!)
adelka adelka 9 years
I prefer the trails the most, but don't have much time to drive to them, run, drive back, and shower. So it's usually the sidewalk in my neighborhood, which is much faster to get to, obviously. If it's cold out and icy (um, hello? Michigan) then it's, unfortunatly, the treadmill.
workofiction workofiction 9 years
I haven't been brave enough to run outside yet. I've been training since July, on a treadmill and am not sure where I would run if I took it outside :(
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