Need some advice. I've just finished week 1 of C25K and all this time I've been running in place at home and doing great BUT today I went outside (since it was cool) and tried to do the same week 1 run with the jogging stroller. It wasn't nearly as easy! I can't run at my usual workout time with him since it's late and he's already in bed but I was thinking I should start daily running outside (at wk 1 pace) even though I'll be running wk 2 indoors...keeping my outside runs a week behind my inside runs. I have no idea if I'll have to run with my son on my race day or not so I want to be prepared. It was hard but I had a great time this morning. What do you think, daily run with stroller at lower pace to build up endurance or not? Basically on the days I'm not running indoors, I'd run outside weather permitting.
Are you "running in place" indoors or on a treadmill? It is NOT recommended to run on consecutive days during C25K. So your choice is to run indoors or outdoors with the jogging stroller. Clearly you'll run faster by yourself than with the stroller but pace is not a factor in completing C25K. It is a matter of doing the workouts. So do whichever one works for you on a given day.
If you're actually running in place, you're using very different muscles from either street running or treadmill running. Running in place is better than nothing, but it's not particularly good training for a race. I think you'd be a lot better off dropping the running in place and instead following the C25K program outdoors with the jogging stroller.
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