Using treadmills instead of going out!

Hello all, ive been running in the gym on the treadmills for about 2-3 months now and am proud as i can now jog steadily for 30 mins whereas before i struggled just walking! (at 24 years of age this was bad)

Only problem is i really want to get out and run but i live in rough part of birmingham (Kitts Green) where i risk being happy slapped or worse run over by a mini motor every time i leave the house. (not happened yet thankfully but only cus my dad has had words some of the neighbours!!)

I do drive which is handy but i never see any joggers about and would have no idea where to go!! So what do i do?

Also different factors come into it such as weather and equipment, what does everybody else wear and take with them?


  • Sarah - have you thought of looking for a local running club? You'd have company then and learn new routes.
    If you think you can or you think you can't you're probably right.
  • I used to be a dreadmill fanatic and you had to kick my sorry arse out of the door kicking and screaming to get me to road run. Now I sulk if I'm incarcerated in the gym! You need a running buddy, or as LMH says a running club. If you hate it, you can always climb back on the dreadmill!image
  • Ive heard of running clubs but am a bit nervous about trying one but il see what ones are in my area now. Also i would love to stay on treadmills in lovely air conditioned gym but am doing 10k sep 7th and HM 26th Oct, i must be insane but even if im last i dont mind my aim is just to finish.
  • Hi Sarah,

    I think treadmills are really useful for midweek runs. Especially when the nights draw in. In certain areas you are right to be safety conscious. However, nothing beats getting out there and running through a lovely park or along a trail for a longer run. I can do 30 mins on the treadmill and that is my limit. Anything over that it has to be outside. There must be a big park somewhere nearish that you could drive to and do your weekend run/s there. Plenty of peoiple about walking dogs, cycling etc means there are more distractions and helps with safety.

    Good Luck,


  • There are pluses and minuses to running on the tread in the air con. If your race is going to be in Sept, then you really need to get outside for at least some of your running because if we have an Indian Summer (and let's face it, we haven't had a British one) the heat will hit you like a brick. Where's the HM? I'm training for Dublin and do not anticipate very warm weather in Ireland at the end of October, but you must allow for everything. Try running in the rain too. It's all good experience!

    Honestly, I was really phobic about it and now I'm converted!

    Somebody in Brum please help Sarah out with a list of running clubs near Kitts Green please!image

  • Sarah if you don't feel safe around Kitt's Green can you drive or get the bus to another part of the city and run there ?
  • I don't know whereabout's in Birmingham Kitts Green is, but there are some very nice parts of Birmingham where you'd be safe running - Edgbaston is the first that springs to mind, Cannon Hill Park, Sutton Park if Kitt's Green is over in that direction and I'm sure there are others, but can't think of them off the top of my head.....If you go to you can search for runs in Birmingham and see what comes up.

    Definitely join a running club though. Good luck!

  • I used to live in a pretty grotty part of London, but the scallies were never up and about at 6:30 in the morning.

  • I would also join a running club.  It was the best thing I ever did and they cater for all abilities.  It's also fun and people are very welcoming.

    I just did a Google search and these came up, however I have no idea where you are in Birmingham.  Not my area.

  • I'd go for the Bourneville harriers if they've got plain chocolate at the end of every race from Cadbury world......image
  • SlugstaSlugsta ✭✭✭
    There are some mebers of bourneville harriers around on this forum. very nice peeps they are too!
  • Even if their mouths are smeared in choc.....image

  • SlugstaSlugsta ✭✭✭

    lol LB - I guess that makes them easy to recognise!

    Sarah, I would suggest that you start another thread with a more specific title. Something like 'safe places to run in birmingham' might attract peeps who can help.

    FWIW, I agree with LB that dreadies are the work of the devilimage

  • LIVERBIRD wrote (see)
    I'd go for the Bourneville harriers if they've got plain chocolate at the end of every race from Cadbury world......image
    image I'm moving house image
  • SlugstaSlugsta ✭✭✭
    Nice try, Cake!
  • Im going to join Centurions hopefully on Tuesday, they r a bit closer than Bournville and trust me when i say i should be laying off chocolate!!! lol

    Thanks for all the help guys, let u know how i get on image

  • SlugstaSlugsta ✭✭✭
    Good for you, Sarah!
  • Hope you discover the outside. I'm a treadmill fanatic- hopefully moving towards the outside.

    Hope it goes well. Join up with a good running club 

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