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Caitlin Chock Wednesday, 04 April 2012 15:00 TWEET COMMENTS 1

Treadmill to Trail

While no trail-simulating treadmill has been invented (yet), you can still develop strength and speed indoors


Illustration by Daniel Yagmin

Jenny Spangler, winner of the 1996 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials, is no stranger to treadmill running. After her daughter’s birth, she did virtually all of her Trials training on the “mill.”

In 1994, Alberto Salazar, Olympic-level coach at the Nike Oregon Distance Project, crushed Africa’s hot and fast Comrades Ultra Marathon course record by training with treadmill mile-repeat sessions and a heater blasting in his face.


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