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JENN-NOTJENNY's Photo JENN-NOTJENNY Posts: 68
5/1/11 8:34 P

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I have the same issue. Now I usually run a couple times a week on the treadmill and a couple times outside so that I'm used to running outside. I prefer to run outside, so I have to watch tv to keep from getting bored on the treadmill.

I agree with LITTLETEALOVER also. I have to make myself slow down when I'm outside because it's hard to pace myself.

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4/26/11 1:06 P

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I think this is pretty common. Running on the treadmill seems easier because there is little in the way of resistance. You are basically jogging in place and the movement of the tread belt is propelling you rather than your muscles. When you are outside, you have to cope with wind resistance, terrain changes, speed variability and all of your forward momentum comes from your own body rather than the treadmill's motor.

I would suggest cutting back a bit when you run outside and work up to 30 minutes. So, maybe start out running 20 minutes outside, adding a few minutes until you get back up to 30. Running on your treadmill should not interfere with your outdoor running, but you may find that you become bored with it after you've gotten used to being outside....

ETA: You may also need to start out at a slower speed when you are outside. It can be more difficult to regulate how fast you are running if you are used to the treadmill doing it for you.

Edited by: LITTLETEALOVER at: 4/26/2011 (13:07)




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ELLIEMARIE25's Photo ELLIEMARIE25 Posts: 4
4/7/11 4:24 P

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Good tip, I'll try the incline. Thanks!! :)

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4/7/11 3:42 P

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congrats on your progress so far! you probably are running with the treadmill flat. It is recommended to run at a 1% incline to help simulate outside.

You can maybe go back a week or so in the program and do that outside to get used to the differences?

good luck on your 5K!





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ELLIEMARIE25's Photo ELLIEMARIE25 Posts: 4
4/7/11 3:13 P

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So I signed up for my first 5K and I've been training for it since March. I can run on the treadmill for 25-30 minutes without much of a problem. This is impressive for me considering I could hardly run a minute and a half last summer! But now that the weather is getting nicer, I've been running outside and it is a lot harder for me!! I can run maybe 8 or 10 minutes before I really feel like I need to walk. Does anyone have anyone have any tips for me? Will running on the treadmill slow my progress or is it ok to do both? I do live near a river so the terrain is a little hilly, but nothing too intense. I just feel like I should have more stamina when running outdoors! Any advice will help!

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