Getting the pace right outside is all practice. I always start out faster than I would on the treadmill, which isn't helped by the fact that I'm going downhill. It's the uphill for the second half that kills me when I haven't run the right pace before that.
I've used a free app for my phone before but found it had some accuracy issues and places where it lost gps signal altogether on cloudy days. I now have a watch but that's more to track distance than pace.
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338 7/17/13 8:56 A
One of the reasons I love running is it's cheap and accessible- the only thing you really need is a good pair of running sneakers and the road. When I started to run, I transitioned from treadmill to road. My advice would be to not get too hung up on the pacing. You'll see your pacing on the road is different than a treadmill, but I think road pacing is more accurate- and you will get faster as time goes on. You don't need all the fancy and really expensive running gear. It's great to have, but not a necessity- I get most of mine on clearance. But agree with previous posts- the sneakers are the one thing to save up for and splurge. Go to a running store, get fitted, and buy the shoes there. You can always buy subsequent pairs online for cheaper, but we need to patronize brick and mortar specialty running store to keep them in business! I've never been charged for a fitting, and consider the higher price of the shoe fair for the work they've done getting me into the right sneaker. Good luck on the 5K!!
Edited by: AMANDAREB at: 7/24/2013 (22:01)
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85 7/16/13 1:09 P
Your pacing is probably right, when you go from the T-mill to pavement. The thing is that running outside is more difficult than on a T-mill because All the momentum is provided by you and not the T-mill belt and you now have to deal with breathing in wind or more pollen rich or humid air, therefore you are having a harder time maintaining your pace. One thing you may try to help compensate for the T-mill belt is to always run on the T-mill at a minimum of 2.5 incline. The added resistance may help the transition to pavement.
I, too, highly recommend getting fitted at a running shop! Mine has a treadmill there so I can actually test out running in the shoe. I agree that you should buy the first time from the folks who take the time out to fit you. But I'll add, I just bought my second pair of running shoes and it was a different brand than my first, so you never know how your feet or your gait might change over time and you need to be fitted again. Regarding the pace issue, I too struggle with that, but when I learned what mine was (87 bpm--yes, I'm slow :)), I loaded by iPod with songs at that bpm. IT MADE ALL THE DIFFERENCE! I know exactly when my foot should next be hitting the ground, and I quickly know when I'm behind! You are right that you just need to get out there and run on the pavement. Don't let yourself go back to your comfort zone of the treadmill. You will be miserable running your first 5K if you're coming right off the treadmill. Don't do that to yourself! Godspeed!!
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847 7/16/13 12:39 P
Sounds like you're doing great! Very cool that you're planning your first 5k.
It took me a long time to learn to judge my pace without checking my phone. (I used the Runkeeper app to track my runs when I did C25K.) A great website for finding music that works with your pace is jog.fm. If you go to this link:
you can input your desired pace per mile, and it will give you songs with bpm in that range. You can narrow the search by genre to find stuff you'll like.
As for running shoes, even though you're on a budget, this isn't the place to cut corners. Your shoes can make the difference between having an awesome run or ending up injured. I agree with those who suggest going to a running store and getting fitted. I do think that, as Zorbs said, you should get your first pair at the store that took the time to fit you. (I've never been to a running store that charged for fitting; if yours does, I guess I wouldn't feel badly just doing the fitting there and buying online, but if it's just part of the service they provide--which has been the case in all the ones I've been to--it doesn't seem fair to let them to all that effort and then not give them the sale.) Oh, and you might not know the difference now with your shoes, but when you get the right pair, you'll know! :)
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Given that my particular running store advertises such a service for about $20, I don't think so.
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13,254 7/16/13 8:24 A
"Get fitted at a running store, but then find the shoes online at Amazon or Zappos." that is really unfair to the running store. You should buy your first pair from the people who took the time to fit you. Subsequent pairs can be bought for cheaper.
Fitness Minutes: (6,555)
2,277 7/16/13 8:20 A
Get fitted at a running store, but then find the shoes online at Amazon or Zappos. I saved $40 that way. Shoes are the single most important piece of equipment a runner has.
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1,078 7/16/13 6:59 A
I would definitely make the investment for a great pair of shoes. Also, you can google your min/mile and "running songs" and there are plenty of lists of songs that align with your pacing so you can make the perfect one!
Fitness Minutes: (105,446)
13,254 7/16/13 5:01 A
to learn pacing, just pay close attention to how you feel, and always make sure running feels easy and at a conversational pace. In fact, why not ask one of your friends if you can run with them?
For running shoes, I'd recommend finding a local running shoe to fit you appropriately. They observe your gait and stride, and fit you with the right shoes. They may be $100 shoes but it's better than suffering and buy multiple pairs. Having the right shoe makes all the difference. Good luck with your 5K!
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2 7/16/13 12:19 A
I started the ease into 5k program 6 weeks ago. It is very similar to couch to 5k. I have NEVER been a runner, but for years wanted to run like so many of my gal pals. Today I completed week 6, day 1 which was run 8 minutes, walk 3 minutes, then run 8 minutes again followed by a 5 minute cool down. I am running at a 5.2 or 5.3 pace. I have had 3 horrendous running days where I thought I was going to die, but I have pushed through. The kicker is that I cannot run on pavement! I am a treadmill runner. When I try to run on pavement I cannot get my pacing right at all. I do not want to buy any more gadgets. I have an iphone and use it to listen to music and the 5k program. I like hard rock/alternative music and it is hard to find a bpm that goes with that. Any suggestions to help me pace? I really want to run my first 5k in September, but I am going to have to get used to pavement soon! Finally, I need to get some real running shoes, but currently am on a budget. What are the things that I need to know when buying shoes? I currently have a pair of reeboks that I really like, but my friend said they are the worst thing I can possibly run in. I don't know the difference
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