Elliptical is not "worthless" but you are correct that it is not running and that only running is training for running.
here's the summary of the responses you are likely to get ....
3) elliptical is worthless. only running is training for running.
hopefully i've saved you some time....
I have spent many hours on the Ellip. I agree w/ the above poster. Go by exertion! THe Ellip can kick your butt depending upon how hard you work it. The one I use has stride rate so I keep it at 180-200. Keep the incline in the middle, or the default position when you push "quick start." Play around with the resistance and to keep it fun by taking splits on each mile or try a fartlek workout to maximize the effort. I usually go for an hour but I push the limits so its a great workout. The mileage is usually 9-10 but effort is what I go by. Be sure to wear an ipod.
guide dogs for the swift wrote:
Go by heart rate & perceived exertion. One hour on the elliptical at a given heart rate should be considered equal to one hour of running at the same heart rate. Experiment with resistance levels until you find one (or some) that allow you to achieve the desired heart rate while maintaining a proper cadence. Example: my stride rate is 180-200 steps per minute at most speeds, so I keep my elliptical cadence at 90-100 rpm.
I'm pretty sure I made this thread 4 years ago, or at least a thread like it. I'm healthy now, but thanks for the advice.
James Orden wrote:
Elliptical is fine if you push yourself on it. It can be great for intense interval training. I qualified for the Boston Marathon using the elliptical machine almost exclusively for training.