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3/4/10 11:18 A

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I've been trying to get outside whenever I can, but I have to admit, I'm pretty much a wuss when it comes to running in the cold weather. It's just something I'm going to have to get used to, though.

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3/2/10 9:57 P

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I finally got outside today. Weather was in the 20's but at least it wasn't snowing. I only did 3 miles, but it was nice to have a change of scenery while running. Of coarse since it was so cold and the snow has been starting to melt during the day, there were spots of "black" ice along the way so I had to keep short strides and even just walk a few times. I still slipped here and there, but managed to keep going.

I can't wait to go again. Hopefully with less ice next time. ;-)

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3/2/10 7:45 P

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Its nice and sunny in the STL and it is awesome running weather. I have been doing my long runs outside during the cold weather so the transition hasn't been so bad for me. I know that its harder and a lot colder to run outside, but I could not imagine running for over an hour on the treadmill staring at the wall. Good luck all emoticon

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3/2/10 9:57 A

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It is hard to believe it is March already. Aspen: Good luck on what you decide!!! I thought about trying to do a half at the end of the month, just walk/jog, but I haven't decided yet either. I am planning on getting outside tomorrow, we finally have above freezing temps and sun! So nice to see the sun!!! JMAYBODY0723: I am trying to mentally prepare myself for my run! I was thinking of starting out with a 3 mile run as well. Keep me posted on your progress. I just read you are going to do the Papa John's 10 mile run, I thought about doing that, but found something more local for me to do! May try to do some KY runs this summer, my sister lives close to Louisville. Good luck!!! It is nice to hear how everyone is doing! Thank you all for your info!!! I appreciate it!

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3/2/10 9:39 A

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Great timing on your comment. I have not started transitioning yet. I mentioned on my blog that I am likely not going to be able to run my HM on March 20 because work wants me to go to the UK. However, the date I travel may change from March 14th to March 21. Not sure it is a good idea for me to run a HM then travel to the UK the next day. Also not sure if I can transition by then. Decision, decisions.

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3/1/10 9:17 P

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My advice for transitioning:

Take it slow at first. It is a big difference I think, even when you use an incline on a treadmill. Without the treadmill to guide your pace, I think a lot of people tend to run too fast, and wear out quickly.

Start with some shorter runs outside. Don't do your LSD first thing outside. Wait until you are use to running outside before you are doing that.

Expect it to be harder. I think just going from the cushy treadmill to a different terrain outside makes running outside tough. You're dealing with hills, concrete, and weather conditions.

This s advice from my experience transitioning. I was just able to start running outside about 2 weeks ago. My first run was only 3 miles, and I thought it was going to kill me! (I was up to 7 on the TM)

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2/23/10 2:54 P

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Hum, that's a thought and maybe I can transition to an outdoor running track. I think I have a school near by where I can run. I hadn't thought of that. It has to be better than going straight to the sidewalk and street.

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2/23/10 2:33 P

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I brave the snow (with my balaclava) to get in an outside run usually twice a week, but have had some slips and slides on the ice (so far no falls). I also have two inside tracks, one at a Y and one a rec center, within a reasonable distance from my home. I don't know how you guys run on a treadmill - it wacks out my stride and my arm swing both. But, I just wanted to suggest you might want to look for an inside running track as a transition. I hope the weather will get better soon.


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2/23/10 1:11 P

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Great info. I have been training for 9 weeks ALL in a treadmill. I have made it to 13 miles and am pretty comfortable with 10 miles (in 2 hours including warm up). My first HM is March 20th. It sounds like I really need to get my rear end outside.

I actually even considered going for a full marathon on the 20th but I realize that is a bit crazy emoticon

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2/23/10 10:02 A

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I live in Indiana and the last couple of weeks haven't been the greatest! I am hoping with March coming up, things will get a bit better! I am up to 6 miles on the treadmill and am worried about how transitioning to the road will effect my mileage! Good luck!!!

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2/22/10 9:22 P

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What part of the country are you in? With this winter and the fact that 49 states have had some sort of snow, one never knows anymore. I live in Pittsburgh and have been wondering the same thing about the transition from treadmill to the road. Thanks for the thread, lot's of good info so far.

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2/22/10 2:05 P

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If your race is on concrete, you'll want to slowly build up mileage on concrete, listening to your body. However, I would never advise anyone to do all their running on concrete.


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2/22/10 1:58 P

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My race is on May 8th, on concrete. Once we get through February, I will be able to go outside more, I just wasn't sure how to successfully transition without causing injury!

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2/22/10 1:05 P

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I agree. You are switching to hard surface running, so your body is going to have to accustomed to that. I would suggest you also try to find dirt/grass running paths to begin. On what surface is your race going to be? Concrete is the hardest surface.


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2/22/10 11:37 A

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When you are ready to take it outside, don't go to 100% outdoor running all at once. I used to live in a very busy area and would run 5 days per week on the TM with one outdoor run a week. When I moved to another area, I went to doing all of my runs outdoors and my legs took a beating! I suggest starting out with one outdoor run for the first week, then add in 2 for a few weeks, etc, etc. till your body is adjusted. It's important to get those outdoor runs in before the race so you know what to expect!

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2/22/10 11:09 A

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Hello! I am currently training for my mini in May on my treadmill...snow, etc has prevented me to run outside (I am not that adventurous to run on the snow). I run at a 2 - 2.5% incline and at a rate anywhere from 4.5 to 6. I am curious about how the transition will be, do I need to take it slower when I do start running outside? Anyone have any comments or suggestions? Thank you!

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