Treadmill Stride Length

In an effort to try to get into more of a regular running routine, I decided to have a short run on the treadmill again this morning. My aim was to run for 30 minutes and try to go a bit faster, but it didn’t quite work out like that.

One of the things I’ve noticed about running on the treadmill is that I feel like I’m going faster than I actually am, and today I realised why – it’s to do with my stride, or rather, my lack of stride.

While I’m becoming more and more comfortable with using the machine each time I run on it, I think there’s still a fear of not being able to keep up. The way I deal with this is by taking lots of very small steps, which means my legs are going faster and my heart is working harder but my pace is much slower than it ought be.

Towards the end of this morning’s run, I tried to lengthen my stride a bit and, although I was pretty tired by that point, I think it made a difference in terms of the amount of effort I had to put in to keep up. I also experimented by reducing the speed to a fast walking pace and jogging for a little while. And guess what? The walking stride was longer and easier than the jogging – makes sense I guess.

In the end, I completed 2.09 km in 20 minutes. Next time though, I’m going to try to increase my stride  for the whole run and see if I can increase the speed a bit more.

How’s your training going? Do you run differently on the treadmill than on the road? Has using the treadmill helped you to improve your running style? Please share your thoughts in the comments.


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4 responses to “Treadmill Stride Length”

  1. EmmaJCarson says :

    Hi – I’ve never really enjoyed treadmill running since everyone else seems to be going much faster than me! You can see it on their display panels unless they drape a towel over it. And yes, you’re right, sometimes walking and just striding out can be faster than jogging – weird, eh?

    • theblogrunner says :

      It is weird, but I guess I’m just a slow runner. Luckily my treadmill is in my living room so no one other than my cat gets to see how slow I go at the moment, and she’s sworn to secrecy. 😉

  2. dgobs says :

    I definitely run differently on the treadmill than I do on the road, and tend to spend most of my treadmill runs obsessing over my stride. I overstride anyway, and have been trying to work on taking smaller steps, but on treadmills I”m all over the place. I hope the stride adjustment helps make the treadmill experience better for you!

    • theblogrunner says :

      Thanks. It is still a bit weird running on the treadmill, but it’s getting better. I think I may have been stretching the truth a bit about my stride though – it’s barely a shuffle at the moment. 😉
      You’re right about overstraining too though – it’s weird trying to get your body to do one thing when you want it to do the opposite, but hopefully it will come with practice.

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