Alright well for various reasons my plan of taking up running didn't exactly work out. So, I figured I would buy an elliptical trainer, since a treadmill was a bit out of my current price range. So, I guess my question is as follows... Is using an elliptical the same as running? I understand you don't get the same benefits of the outdoors and all that, and if it is the same (as I do kind of think it is) can I still follow all the running advice? Or should I separate using an elliptical and being a runner?