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8/27/14 9:59 A

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I have two outdoor courses that I run: one is doing laps in a park with small hills at a low incline grade, the other is down the "main drag" that runs by my apartment and is all large, high incline grade hills. I'm doing my first day on "hard setting" and the other two days on "easy setting".

I ran on the hard course for my third day last week, and I couldn't make it through my first this week when I repeated the same course. Running the hard course every day isn't in the cards yet, but I'm going to work toward it.

I need a goal race to sign up for, but with so much going on in the next few months, I won't have time for one till after Christmas. I may just try to work up to running a mile per every year of age I am by the time my birthday rolls around in April. Think i can do 30 miles??? I may have to break it down over a weekend (or the entire month).

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7/1/14 11:54 A

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I think that running on the road is is harder then the treadmill because the road is not moving and you have to keep yourself at that pace. I think that the treadmill is still good like on rainy, cold, hot and humid days and the distance is normally the same as the road. When I work out on the treadmill I try to set at an incline to make it more challenging so that when I do get out on the road it is much easier. I always tell myself when I am running on the the road that if i can do it on treadmill I can do it on the track it's all about mindset.

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5/22/14 10:35 A

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Last year I had the same questions, and running out side was harder. BUT I figured out why. Because you will most likley automatically jog faster outside. I did. Cured this for my first 5k by wearing a garmin and using it in the run to stay at around 4.5 mph. Worked great, only thing would have done differently was to have prepared for the HILLS. emoticon



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5/21/14 12:23 P

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Great to see all the ideas & advice here. Thanks from me, too. :)

I prefer to be outside for exercise, but I'm going to be doing some of my C25K training on a treadmill. Unless I go outside early in the morning these days, it quickly gets too warm for me. My tolerance for heat is quite low, although it improves the more I'm outside. I'm looking forward to just getting going on this & to get moving. I appreciate seeing what everyone's shared here. :)

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9/10/13 2:20 P

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I just finished week 2 day 3 today. This was my third time running outside and I love it! I've started and stopped C25k so many times and always ran on a treadmill. A trail was recently built a mile down the road from my house, so I've started running there. It was really hot today (94 degrees) but I did it.

I find that outdoor running is much better than the treadmill. The time goes faster for me and when I'm getting tired, rather than stare at the time on the treadmill, I look at a tree or something ahead and tell myself that if I make it there, I can stop if I want. I always make it and then I keep going.

I feel like it's a much better workout outdoors too.

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9/4/13 12:42 P

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When on the treadmill, I walk at 3.5 and jog at 4.5. But everyone's fitness level is different. Do whatever feels right for you!!

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9/4/13 12:28 P

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What speeds are you using on your treadmill Susan? I am using 3 for walking and 4 for jogging. I feel like I've done something but don't know if I'm pushing myself. I am 20-30 lbs overweight and 56 years old.

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8/8/13 8:07 A

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I would say just get out there and give it a try with whichever podcast you're up to. I find it far easier to run outside just because the view actually changes so I constantly have distractions from the fact that I find running really hard.
Then IF you do struggle, you can move back a few days the next time you try : )



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7/31/13 10:12 A

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Depending on how you run on your treadmill will determine how you will match with the road. If you put an incline to at least 2% on your treadmill than road running won't be too difficult to transition to. Of course, when you run outside, there are more variables than running on a treadmill, such as wind, rain, terrain, etc.
I don't know if you will need to go back a week in training, but you might have to take your pace a little slower than you do now just to get comfortable. For me, I actually run faster outside than on a treadmill but everyone is different.
Good Luck! You can do it!



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7/31/13 12:44 A

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I trained completely on a treadmill and then did a event that was a 5k. I did fine and actually went faster than what I thought I would. I do wish I had ran outside a bit more. Good luck

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7/30/13 6:14 P

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I'm in week 6 of the c25k program, and have only used the treadmill so far. I'm looking to transition to road running (at least for some of my runs) so that I can do a virtual 5k outdoors in September.

Any advice? Is road running harder than on the treadmill? Can I expect to stay at the same week, or should I go back a repeat earlier weeks to account for extra difficulty?

Thanks!!

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