Differences between Treadmill and Outside Marathon Training

Happy Monday Magic Milers!

Today I would like to talk about the differences between running on a treadmill or training out on the open road. And yes, there are several differences.

First of all, the terrain. One of the things you should be expecting when running a runDisney race is the change in terrain you will be experiencing. I personally do most of my training on a treadmill. That way I can control my speed, incline, and the distance to time ratio. I can also follow the amount of calories I am burning.

When training, I do most of my runs on the treadmill. But a few times a month I head out on the open road and run through trails, sidewalks, mud, anything I can find in order to get my body used to the extra amount of work. You should really try to run outside a few times while training in order to vary your incline, distance, time, and see how you truly are doing when it comes to running out on the open road (which you will be doing during your race).

The benefits from training on the open road vary. But it’s good to get off the treadmill because it allows your legs more free range instead of being forced to run in a straight line, which they aren’t necessarily supposed to do.

Run outside during conditions that will be similar to those you will be experiencing during your run Disney run. For instance: consider if you have never really been to Florida, the humidity is higher which makes it feel like you are swimming a little bit. Especially if you are not used to a climate like that. I’m from California, and it was still a rough first run a few years ago.  But also remember what month you are running in, because the weather varies based on the month. It could be mild conditions (which most of Florida’s runs occur during) or it could be muggy. Be prepared for such a situation.

Also consider challenging yourself while training. If training for a Florida race, a lot of the track is mostly flat (except if you are running up freeway ramps). So, run hills, it will make your body used to intense conditions so the race feels easier.*


*If you have bad knees, run up the hill and walk down it. The incline is less impact than the decline.


Hope this little bit of information helps!

Have a great week.



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