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Checking treadmill speed accuracy??????

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Just curious if anyone knows if there is a way to check the speed accuracy on a treadmill. Mine has had issues with holding a steady speed from day 1, it occasionally will jump 1-2 mph.
I was wondering if the speed is actually accurate because when I run outside I typically run 10-11 minute miles at what seems like a very easy slow pace. On the treadmill I usually run around a 13 minute mile at what seems like a very fast hard pace, my heart rate jumps much higher also. According to the treadmill I am only usually going around 4.5 mph (slowwwww) Seeing I'm in Wisconsin running outside all the time isn't an option at the moment.
HELP!!! I'm really really starting to despise running on the treadmill!
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    I know you wrote this a while ago but I have the same issue with my treadmill. I'm in WI too, so outdoor training is tough at best. I can run 10.5 - 12 min miles outdoors and really, really, really struggle indoors. I've questioned the accuracy of my treadmill too. I've been able to maintain at 5.2MPH but it's been torture. So many people say the treadmill is easier but that hasn't been my experience since doing more running outdoors.

    For me, I think the difference is being able to speed up/slow down as needed outdoors; it's intuitive. On the treadmill, I have to manually speed the treadmill up or slow it down, so it's not intuitive. That means a little more work. The mind has to think it and then the body has to respond in a more round-about way. Outdoors, the mind thinks it while the body adjusts at the same time - more efficient.

    Let me know if you do the stride test and if you've figured anything out!
    4498 days ago
    One thing I notice is my surroundings. When I'm inside a gym I feel like I'm working so much harder to do the same thing I do outside. It could just be the environment. When I'm outside I'm lost in my own world. Inside the gym, because of the noise and movement even with headphones on, I can't get lost as easily.

    Also, you didn't mention inclines or anything like that. What is it like outside compared to your incline on the treadmill??? That could be playing a difference too in your awareness and speed.

    Just some thoughts. Have a great day.
    4531 days ago
    The only way I can think of would be to get a pedometer, and then measure your stride and walk a known distance outside then once the stride is set accurately use it on the treadmill, of course it needs to be an accurate pedometer too that will tell you distance!
    4531 days ago
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