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3/25/13 8:58 A

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You may well automatically be running faster outside, with more distractions, fewer checks on your pace, and less confinement. Then you get tired quicker. This happens to me. All you have to do is focus consciously on running a bit slower than you think you want to at the beginning. As you get closer to your time limit you can let yourself gradually speed up.

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3/18/13 9:54 A

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if you're anything like me, the outside runs should be an easy adjustment... i have found it much, MUCH easier to run outside then on an indoor track and definitely the dreaded treadmill. there are so many distractions to keep your eyes busy, vs the monotony of the track/treadmill

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3/17/13 1:18 P

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I've experienced this too. When I had access to a flat indoor track or treadmill, I could run comfortably at high speeds for long periods of time. Outside, the running surface is more varied and tends to be less forgiving (treadmills and indoor tracks are usually made to absorb shock, whereas asphalt does not). You'll also have the mental load of monitoring your path and surroundings outdoors, where you could probably zone out pretty safely indoors. But this is good practice for your 5k! If you're running near streets, try to run as much as you can on the asphalt, while keeping an eye out for traffic. The surface tends to be smoother than sidewalks, and asphalt is a better shock-absorbing surface than concrete. Make sure you get a good warm-up period beforehand, and stretch out when you get done. This has helped me make the transition to outdoor running, and I think you'll find it strengthens you a lot more than running on the flat track indoors!

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3/12/13 5:12 P

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Hi,

I think you are right on the money on both ideas. The more practice you get running outside, your body will begin the adaptation process. Remember to start your runs slower than you feel you can go and try to build your pace as time goes on. This too, takes practice, but the more you practice the easier it will get.

I wish you well with your training!

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3/12/13 4:55 P

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I have been training for several months now for a 5K I am going to be doing in April. I am really excited and looking forward to doing my first 5K ever. Currently I am doing the 5K Runner app on my i phone, which has me walk/running for certain time frames. All of my training mostly so far have been done on an inside gym track and it has been working out good. But the weather is starting to warm up in my area so I have tried to do the training outside, but finding that I am getting frustrated because I cannot get through the entire run time. Not sure why, mostly I keep telling myself that it is the road conditions compared to the inside track and my body needs to adjust. I might even think I am pushing my running to hard when I start out, but am unsure. Any advise welcome. :D

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