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Marathon Special: Should you run on a treadmill to train for a marathon?

Rick Muhr, Boston Marathon Coach shares his inputs on why running on a treadmill is not an ideal way to run.

Written by Bhavyajyoti Chilukoti |Published : January 3, 2017 1:38 PM IST

Marathon runners, who think that running on a treadmill can give them enough practice to finish a marathon run, here is what you need to know. In addition to stamina, when training for a marathon, you need to make that that your training has minimal impact on your health and body, which is not the case when running on a treadmill.

According to Rick Muhr, Endurance and Running Coach, Boston Marathon and Octane Fitness, if you are training for a marathon, then running on a treadmill is not a great idea as it has an impact on the tendons and ligament. Running on a treadmill causes soft tissue damage due to the impact on the legs and back. Moreover, a treadmill has a motor and a belt alters your natural gait as you run on it. Also running on a ground and running on a treadmill are not the same. This is the reason, why a person running on a treadmill fails to match up with a person who has been training by running outdoors. It not only affects your balance and posture but also does not give you an idea of your accurate pace. Rick Muhr says that treadmill to me is the least desirable thing to train on. And hence, he recommends training more than 60% of miles on a zero runner (if you have one). And if you do not have one, then running outdoors than on a treadmill is the best way to train. Here are some expert tips on running a marathon.

*NOTE: TheHealthsite.com caught up with Rick Muhr, Endurance and Running Coach, Boston Marathon and Octane Fitness, who was invited to Mumbai by Trinity Health Tech to promote Octane Fitness zero runner. As an endurance and marathon coach, Rick has trained many athletes and marathon runners. The HealthSite does not endorse any equipment or product.

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