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greetings all! I just started running at the end of November, but it's all been on a treadmill. I have managed to run a 5K indoors, and I'm registered fro my first walk/run on March 19th. Looking at the weather forcast, I can tell it's tell to start taking myself outside, but I'm almost afraid to! It sounds ridiculous, but I'm afraid that instead of a 35 min. 5K, I'll be running it in an hour and 35 because there's nothing to force me to move faster except me! Any tips for moving it outside? I have had the treadmill on a .5 to 1% incline the past couple of weeks...but I still can't bring myself to go outside. Help!!
Thanks, Andi in Dover DE
You will be slower outside in the beginning. I had an increase in time and had to push myself a lot more than I did on a treadmill. But I will say that once I started outside, I would much rather be in the elements. Brings back that feeling of being a little more like a kid.
Being a little nervous is ok. Might want to do just a mile or a mile and a half for the first couple times out there. Let you're body adjust to the harder surface and changes in terrain. Even an incline doesn't match the difference you can feel with your right and left foot hitting at even slight changes of elevation. You'll probably be a little sore initially. But if you expect that it won't be as much of a concern.
Outside. The adventure and mystery of exploring a route you've never seen before. The pleasure of following a bouncing ponytail until she leaves you in her dust. The feeling of comraderie from meeting an unknown runner coming toward you and seeing them return your wave. The looks from unknown people who stand in their yard as you pass by, knowing it's usually a look of envy. The feeling of being caught in a summer shower, and enjoying it. The feeling of starting out on a near freezing morning dressed in long sleeved tee and shorts and beginning to feel warm and perspiring before you reach the first mile. The sights an sounds of a pre-dawn environment for those of us who love that early morning run. Being stopped in the market by somebody you've never met before when they say "You're the runner I see on my street" and you have a hard time breaking away to finish your shopping. So many reasons I love running outside that I don't think I could ever appreciate a treadmill.
lol i know, like you i also began marathon training in early november, all outside! Im in mass so this winter has been incredibly horrid. I too fear the roads at the moment!
Wow! John425 you absolutely nailed it. If that doesn't make you want to run outside, I don't know what would? I think I will print your post and use it for motivation on those days that I don't feel like getting out there. That being said, I can't wait for my long run tomorrow. Every now and then I read something that strikes me as very profound, and your post is one of them. Thanks for sharing.
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