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I'm 54 and started running the middle of December. In the gym I can run 2.25 miles in 30 minutes. But if I try to run outside, even on a track, all I can do is 1/4 mile and breathing too hard to go any further. What is the deal?
When you run outside, slow down - then slow down some more. See how that feels.
I started running on a treadmill and wasn't too sure about running outside when I finally decided I needed to go outdoors to prepare for a race. The hardest thing I had to learn was setting a comfortable pace. I always started out too fast and got winded. I blamed it on the hills, but truth was, I was just trying to go faster than my body could sustain without the treadmill belt doing some of the work for me. When I was able to force myself to really slow down, I found I could run the distance, whatever that was.