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Cheating yourself by choosing treadmill Spark article

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Yep, that is me. My husband is trying to coax me into a nice autumn jog with him 1-2 times a week, but he has been going alone. Running on the pavement is so much harder for me, and worse is that my husband has a much longer stride than mine so I tire out quickly. My knees hurt a lot more and for a longer period after running outside too. I might try to run with him this weekend. If I can go even 1 mile without walking, I will be happy as a start. I used to run 10 miles outside one day a week when I was between the ages of 30-40, that seems like so long ago.
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DOPAMINEJUNKIE 10/17/2013 7:48PM

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HOPEWELLNESS 10/17/2013 3:04PM

    Jenna... ALMOST Anything is possible if you work at it... it just may take time. Set that 1 mile as a goal - or even just half a mile. I like the idea of letting him go on and he can circle back around and catch you and then you can finish together, maybe... For me, at my age, and never really being a runner, I enjoy run/walks... I run as long as I feel comfortable and then walk for a bit and pick up running when I feel like it. With your knees, this may be the best route for you. It makes the time sooo much more enjoyable and I still am outdoors and running!

Good luck with it, but give yourself time and leeway. Don't expect too much, but don't stop trying! And I totally do not think it is cheating to do the treadmill once in a while!!

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JENNAAW 10/17/2013 10:48AM

    Keep me informed on your 5K plans; wishing you the best! I can do an entire 5K on the treadmill, but much much slower than I used to when younger. I fondly remember the days when the highlight of my day would either be a long run outdoors (sometimes 5 in the morning on newly fallen snow because I worked) or, 10 mile runs when I didn't. My knees have really paid a price for over 40 years of pounding. I also had a treadmill for really nasty weather days; I loved it for years until one day the belt suddenly sheared while I was doing a sprint. I and my headphones flew like ejection from a rodeo bull but I was unhurt because there were some large boxes next to me (basement) and I fell heavily on top of them. My treadmill, however, became a laundry rack thereafter.

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TRIXIETEXAS 10/17/2013 10:19AM

    If the treadmill is better for you, don't feel guilty about that. It's the fact that you are getting exercise that is most important! I do Galloway running, too. I'm currently doing a 4 minute run/1 minute walk ratio. I'm trying to work up to doing a 5K without stopping but I'm a long way from that point.

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JENNAAW 10/17/2013 7:36AM

    I appreciate your nice comment, Smitty4rl. In my peak outside running years, my husband could never keep up with me. Then I gained weight at a steady clip, stopped running outside, and got to this point after a lot of years. I used to love running outside so much. Maybe there is still hope if I gradually work back in.

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SMITTY4RL 10/17/2013 7:30AM

    I have longstanding knee issues and alternate between the treadmill and the road. But I also do the Galloway method of running and that helps, too. My husband is a lot faster than me so we will go out together but have made a pact that we will go separate ways then join up again. I used to try to keep up and it was killing me, then he started to slow down and would have to run extra--it just works out for the best this way. Hope you find a balance, and hope you keep running. emoticon

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