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Anyone use this feature much? I always have mine set at 2.5, for some resistence. But, it also has these hill programs on it. I don't think I have been scared to try them, I just haven't yet. Anyone used them? If so, do you like them? I love hills outside (honest!) and get sick of the flats in my basement after awhile!

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I keep it set at a consistent, low slope. All of my outside running is hilly and it's nice to have an evenly paced run every now and then.
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Yeah, when I use the interval program it automatically adjusts speed and incline. Breaks up the monotony a little.
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Does it feel safe? I dunno, maybe I am a little scared.
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I see plenty of the people at the Y use the treadmills on the steep settings and I haven't seen anyone fall off yet.
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I use mine for my hill training. I like it.
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I think I will give it a try tonight for gits and shiggles.
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I'll set it to 1% is all. I can't help but think of that NoRacer fella over at coolrunning who always ran with his treadmill at some ungodly grade like 8% I think it was. He ended up with awful plantar fasciitis from it. I still only log a couple runs a week on the mill is all. My skepticism is pretty high. I have a physical therapist runner in our club that says by far he sees more running injuires from treadmills than from outdoors. The mill gives you a nearly never changing footfall everytime and thus, overuse injuries. The programs are probably the best so you have it mixed up a lot; I wouldn't leave it on a high grade day after day.
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I only use the mill throught the winter time. I was fine on it last year. And, I would never keep it on a steep grade! Thanks everyone for the thoughts.
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I've used the treadmill for both hill repeats and speed work. It's a nice change of pace once a week from everyday treadmill running or running in general.
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i use mine for intervals only
i like PH have enough hills so i do not mess with inlcine much
i set it to 2% and usually leave it there

once in a while i up it to three for more resistance but only for a little bit
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The incline is cool to use with the programs. Be carefull not to run on it with the incline allways up. This will damage the gears and you will need a new incline motor.
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I'm also a little scared to use the program features. I normally just set the incline at a low slope and then run at that grade. I will do some interval work on my own, faster pace and higher grade, but nothing set by the treadmill. I might have to try it sometime after the weather starts getting cool again.
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Most of the machines will warn you when it speeds up, slows down, up hill and down.
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The programs does break up the the boredom of running in the same place.
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