Jogging & Running/treadmill incline

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does the incline treadmill really simulate hill running? You are not actually lifting your body up anything? You are not actually adding potential energy through increasing your height relative to sea level. The ground is rushing past your feet. It seems like a mental trick more than an actual physical substitute or am I wrong?

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It does simulate hill running quite well. As well as running on the treadmill flat simulates running on flat ground. It does so because the muscle groups you will be using on the treadmill will be about the same as you do running uphill. It's value as exercise is excellent.

I do most of my training in Miami, where there are no hills, but there are plenty of parking garage buildings so those are the "Miami hills". Not being an indoor person I would prefer to run on the bridges and parking garages than on a treadmill, but that is purely for personal preferences, not because there is anything wrong with the treadmill.

However... I still recommend you go out in the real world and enjoy the real thing, just because it is there, for free, and it is more interesting in most places. See the people, enjoy the views, connect to the world around you. There is no simulator for that.  

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Milton Miller

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I can answer any questions about long distance running. I can also talk about preparation for events, logistics, adventure, trail running, and training for long distances.

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I prepared for and ran 2832 miles from Miami to Los Angeles in 2011, and am now preparing to run again from Los Angeles to Miami starting on January 1st 2014. I have ran the Miami Marathon, a Ragnar Relay from Miami to Key West (199 miles) and I run regularly at non-competitive events.

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I write often about long distance running at http://100DaysOfMadness.com

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My specialty is ultra-long distances. Where it comes to speed and short distance events my knowledge, and interest, are very limited, but in the field of very long distance I know how it is. Also, there is an entire separate culture and body of knowledge about ultramarathons that is not the same as for short distance races. Training and techniques for running ultramarathons (any race above 26.2 miles, most of them 50 or 100 miles long) is very different than that of "normal" races.

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