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Fitness Minutes: (65,806) Posts: 531 5/22/11 9:01 A
I'm loving some of the ideas I'm seeing here. One of the questions I saw was how to know distances without a garmin. There are several different thingys out there that will work as pedometers of fire.. they'll figure out your speed and pace. (not exact, but close enough for most things).
I also usually run in my neighborhood. So, I know the distances of various places. (actually, it's a planned area, with several sub-developments in it. All of them are off of 1 main drag) I know that route A is 1 mile, more or less, I know that if I go that way, I'll get another mile I've used a watch, and knowledge of the streets to track my pace. I also use the mapping feature here on SP to help me figure out distances.
I use gardens, houses, cars, whatever to look at to enterain my self. when I find the going hard, I start counting. I count by 2's, 5's, 3's, etc. Up and down. (ever tried counting by 3's, down from 100?? it's a mental challenge too!) That way, I forget about my legs, etc.
I also set distance goals for myself: run until the sign, pushing hard. Walk until that crack in the road, etc....
I do often have tunes going, but, they are very low, so I can hear around me. Or.. I'll have only 1 ear bud in. that way I can hear a bit of everything.
current weight: 205.8
Posts: 1,197 4/20/11 4:32 P
I'm quite late to the party here, but there are two things I've found really help keep me motivated - especially on my long runs.
1) I literally run errands. My public library is 2.5 miles from my house so I've taken to running there and home when I pick-up and return books. It makes for a great mid-week training run, and as an added bonus, it saves me the gas of driving to the library! I've also been known to run to the store for forgotten dinner ingredients, to my parent's house to pick things up or drop things off or just visit for a while, or on short errands. (Having a CamelBak is wonderful for this because it has my hydration and a little bit of backpack space for whatever I need to carry.)
2) My home the destination. On my last long run I mapped out my run in advance on a trail that ends near my boyfriends house. I had him drop me off at my starting point and then I ran my way back to his house. It was a really difficuly run, but I kept going knowing I was headed home (the whole time) to a nice cold shower and a comfy couch.
The thing about outdoor running that always motivates me to keep going is that I ultimately have to get back home. When I'm on the road, I can't just quit and start doing something else like I could if I were on a treadmill at my house or even at the gym. Even if I decided to quit early on in the run, I still have to get myself back home so I (usually) figure why not just keep running back home at least I'll get home faster.
~Stina "It is supposed to be hard, if it was easy everyone would do it. It's the hard that makes it great." - "A League of Their Own"
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current weight: 159.8
Posts: 28 10/19/10 9:53 P
Thanks for all the tips! =) I agree about not listening to music. I have gotten into a lot of trouble on my bike because of having my headphones in. I cringe thinking about it. It's okay to listen to music but you must keep it low so you can be aware of all the activities around you.
I recently jogged my first 10km and finally figured out the runner's high that everyone is talking about. I love that cool feeling of getting an adrenaline rush. That def. doesn't happen on a treadmill.
current weight: 142.8
Posts: 800 7/18/10 12:40 P
i didn't see this on this thread, so if it's duplicate, just ignore. here's what i want to say: PLEASE PLEASE be careful if you're listening to music or whatever. 2 women were killed here in the last 6 months when they were running and stepped in front of a car because they didn't hear it coming.
current weight: 128.0
Fitness Minutes: (15,848) Posts: 438 7/15/10 12:01 P
Like many others here, I started inside on the "dreadmill" and have progressed to loving my outdoor runs (I found my limit over winter being 8 degrees with windchill 0-1F! - and I still was dripping with sweat when I was done!)
Many of these options will help. I have found running with other people can really make time go by much quicker - it also motivates you to get out the door on days you want to stay in. Try googling running groups in your area, or visit a local running shop to see if they know anyone who runs around your pace. Runners in general are very friendly and helpful, so you should be able to find someone to run with. Otherwise, music, really concentrating on learning your surroundings, concentrating on your form are other techniques I use on my outside runs.
Good luck! Hope you find a way to get out there!
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Posts: 15,073 7/14/10 12:37 A
Sometimes wherever I'm running music doesn't do it for me, although usually I love music. I went on itunes and found podcasts that are free that will play on any mp3 player. There are all kinds of topics including several different ones that are radio talk shows on running or other topics of interest that I listen too. Also like the talk radio Jillian Michaels was doing that there are a bunch of podcasts for on different topics. Some are over an hour long with different topics, as well as listener questions and answers she responded to. There are all kinds of different podcasts other than sports or fitness. Those are good diversions for me and I learn a lot from them. And the ones I get are available free.
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Fitness Minutes: (49,969) Posts: 8,373 7/13/10 9:29 P
SO....Here is a link to his version of the Gymboss.... I just set it up and it works like a charm! Love it! And it's only 20 bucks!
Fitness Minutes: (30,508) Posts: 697 7/13/10 9:26 P
I also prefer running outside...I go early in the morning and sometimes see the beautiful sunrise. I run in the country and it is quiet and beautiful in the mornings and the birds are singing. This morning I saw 4 raccoons on my route...I am trying to figure out what I am going to do in the winter- just started running in March- not sure of the roads and trying to figure out how I am going to survive the treadmill.
Fitness Minutes: (82,813) Posts: 588 7/13/10 8:50 P
I really like the treadmill - i am trying to learn to just run outside.
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Fitness Minutes: (5,511) Posts: 1,700 7/13/10 8:49 P
I didn't know about the jeff galloway gymboss. That's cool! I need to check if my watch does intervals, if not I'm buying that. I'm doing his program too and like it so far. I haven't been doing enough strength training like I should be, but that changes tomorrow. As far as running outside. I used to only like running on the treadmill b/c I thought it was easier, but now I find that outside is easier. it's not as boring, but yes, you do have to watch how fast your running and slow up if your getting winded. It's just not the same as the treadmill. I use the Nike+ program and find it motivating during my run, when I click on it to hear how fast I'm running, the distance and my time. Especially when I'm 1/2 way done and have an awesome song playing. Right now is tough because it's so darn hot.
current weight: 204.0
Fitness Minutes: (49,969) Posts: 8,373 7/13/10 6:05 P
I suppose that is true. LOL I'm thinking of it in terms of timing it all along with knowing exactly what the pace is. I don't have fancy gear like a Garmin...I am an outdated runner. Ha... I even quit wearing a HR monitor (gasp). Just a simple watch and now....my new Jeff Galloway Gymboss!
Fartleks, baby. You can change up your speed much more easily on the road than on a treadmill. Pick a target and go all out. Then slow up. Change your pace with the music. Play with speed and your time will fly.
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current weight: 138.0
Posts: 2,366 7/13/10 3:38 P
I like to schedule races for myself and then create a training plan to stick with. To me, running outside does seem to take more effort than running on the treadmill and out of pure fear of not being properly trained for a race, I run outside whenever I can.
I MUST have my music whenever I run. Aside from that, I like to find different scenic routes to enjoy the beauty of the outdoors. When I'm running my boring route I look forward to cars passing to see if it's someone I know that I can wave to.
"You feel good while you're running and you feel even better when you're finished" -Fred Lebow
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Fitness Minutes: (49,969) Posts: 8,373 7/13/10 3:13 P
Laurie... I had to chuckle with the cold running... I hate the dreadmill so much I will run in weather as cold as 20 degrees with a windchill into the teens! The clothing they make nowadays that you can layer are amazingly warm! I still sweat!!!!
Irish... I had to do the treadmill one day when it was brutally hot with storms on the way once this summer. Oh my goodness....was that a long 4 mile run!!!! Even with AC, the fact that it was so hot outside and humid, seemed to make it muggy on the inside as well. Plus it was dark due to the clouds at 8 AM and it all just made for an unpleasant run!
The treadmill isn't ALL bad though.... Great backup plan AND...it makes fartklet type runs or interval runs a lot easier to time and pace.
Same here - I like being outside to run (which is odd, because otherwise I'm an indoors person). But, with it starting to heat up around here, I'll need to try the treadmill at the rec center again. I listen to music most of the time. Sometimes, I wave at my neighbors (I have lived here since I was only 1 year old, and a lot of them know me really well). I love looking at the flowers, and some neighbors even have pumpkins growing in their front yards now! I think just looking around, absorbing the beauty, really helps me keep going.
Fitness Minutes: (88,255) Posts: 21,233 7/13/10 2:43 P
I also ahve the opposite opinion with the treadmill. That thing is what got me motivated to run outside during the cold winter months. Now I don't dread winter like I used to because I can layer up and head for the streets.
Fitness Minutes: (49,969) Posts: 8,373 7/13/10 2:35 P
Boy...that is funny....I have the opposite problem. I call the treadmill the dreadmill b/c I find IT so boring...even with a TV, time just seems to drag!
BUT...that said... I do remember starting off on the treadmill and thinking it felt strange running on the road...and maybe longer. I wasn't so sure I liked it either back then (over three years ago now). But being I had road races I wanted to do, I wanted to get used to it and once I did...loved it.
Do you have any trails near you to run? I have one that goes through a prairie preserve. Another goes around a large pond. Downtown Chicago (a 32 mile trip from me...but for those who live close...NICE) has a BEAUTIFUL lakefront trail that many folks love to run on. The key is to find a fun place to run if you are having trouble running on roads.
Sometimes I run with music, but other times I love listening to the birds or the waves or other sounds of nature depending on where I run.
Run in parks or downtown areas where there is a lot to see.
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