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Old 02-07-2016, 11:51 AM   #21
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I agree, and I also find that the treadmill isn't long enough for long strides at a full gallop.
What's your cadence like? How tall are you?

I ask because you must have a very long stride if the average treadmill is too short, even all the way up at 12.0mph or higher. You could potentially be much more efficient (and eventually faster for longer) by quickening your cadence rather than lengthening your stride as you go faster.

If you're running with a 38 inch inseam or something like that, then yeah... disregard. ;-)
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Old 02-07-2016, 12:08 PM   #22
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What's your cadence like? How tall are you?

I ask because you must have a very long stride if the average treadmill is too short, even all the way up at 12.0mph or higher. You could potentially be much more efficient (and eventually faster for longer) by quickening your cadence rather than lengthening your stride as you go faster.

If you're running with a 38 inch inseam or something like that, then yeah... disregard. ;-)
I'm 6' tall with a 34-35" inseam. My treadmill is most likely ok for someone my size. But I think my problem is that my gait may be a little inconsistent. I speed up a little and my foot hits the front of the treadmill. If I slow down just a bit it seems like I'm ready to fly off the back. I find myself really having to concentrate on my gait while on the treadmill.

Interesting that you bring up potential increases in speed and efficiency with a quicker cadence instead of a longer stride. I need to look into that.
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I'm 6' tall with a 34-35" inseam. My treadmill is most likely ok for someone my size. But I think my problem is that my gait may be a little inconsistent. I speed up a little and my foot hits the front of the treadmill. If I slow down just a bit it seems like I'm ready to fly off the back. I find myself really having to concentrate on my gait while on the treadmill.

Interesting that you bring up potential increases in speed and efficiency with a quicker cadence instead of a longer stride. I need to look into that.
Not only to mention that I think running that fast on a treadmill is dangerous. One slight hiccup and you can be on your ass with tread burn in very short order!

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Old 02-07-2016, 08:30 PM   #24
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I'm 6' tall with a 34-35" inseam. My treadmill is most likely ok for someone my size. But I think my problem is that my gait may be a little inconsistent. I speed up a little and my foot hits the front of the treadmill. If I slow down just a bit it seems like I'm ready to fly off the back. I find myself really having to concentrate on my gait while on the treadmill.

Interesting that you bring up potential increases in speed and efficiency with a quicker cadence instead of a longer stride. I need to look into that.

I'm 5'10"/32" inseam, and I run 5:00-5:30 pace intervals up to full miles without much issue at around 96 rpm cadence. Remember (and to the prior poster too) your feet aren't in contact with the ground/treadmill for so long that you should go off the back. Hitting the front might be a concern, but if it is, chances are you're overstriding which is inefficient anyway (leads to heel striking). Aim to land your foot just slightly in front of your hips with a mid foot strike and your cadence will probably come up naturally, you'll be more efficient and have less risk for injury. Plus, no worries on a treadmill!
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Not only to mention that I think running that fast on a treadmill is dangerous. One slight hiccup and you can be on your ass with tread burn in very short order!

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Or on your shoulder, which dislocates painfully. Happened to me last year. I wasn't even running very fast, but I had gone too cheap when buying a treadmill and got one that I think is a bit shorter and narrower than a good one. I haven't been on it since. I don't like treadmills much anyway. That incident got me to bundle up a bit more and just go outside even in cold and wet weather, juggle the schedule, or take an extra day off
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I'm a 58 female and have always enjoyed exercise. Have run most of my life and got into cycling about 12 years ago. Most exercise was cardio based until I started gym classes after I retired in 2014. I've been doing BodyPump and Tabata (HIIT type of class) and have seen my body change significantly. The Tabata has cardio components, but also includes strength training. I've also cleaned up my eating and feel the best I have felt since my early 30's. Just need to get DH on board


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I can say even a moderate addition of HIT has improved my running performance (age 50). I go the gym 2x per week and run an almost all-out 5K 2 to 3x per week.

Based on reading this board (thanks), I decided to add a single all-out 20 second sprint after resting 10 minutes or so after running the 5K. Sometimes I do a 45 second sprint instead. Anyway, my 5K times have improved by at least 20 seconds, on average. I was already in very good shape, so that is a big improvement for me.
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Skiing is my favorite HIIT activity. A challenging ski run is perhaps 6 minutes long and I will take 1 or 2 breaks along the way (I enjoy the mountain scenery while my wife catches up)

Get on the lift and rest for 7 minutes and repeat. Can to this for up to 6 hours a day and 3 days a week. Love it!

Have no idea how many calories are burned, but I never, ever lose any weight (fat). I feel I have to over eat to sufficiently recover for the next ski day.

During the off season, I still perform HIIT with the elliptical machine (knee permitting). I also swim sprints and enjoy high altitude mountain biking and mountain hiking.

At 54, my joints simply do not allow running and jumping (plyometrics).
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