To answer an earlier question, it is DEFINITELY harder running on solid ground than a treadmill; the treadmill kind of flips your feet up as you step off, and you don't get that extra push on solid ground - plus there are hills to consider. But the good news is, I think I run faster outside, because of those hills (gravity helps)!
One of my goals this year is to increase my running speed from 5 to 6 mph; that's not terribly fast though. I am usually one of the last people to finish a 5k; part of the reason is I really don't run the whole time (working on that); gotta take a walking break in the middle (and a water break!
) I'm looking for one of those water bottle carriers that fits in the small of your back; see if that helps any.
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