Let me tell ya, I felt a huge difference between the two when I ran outside on Saturday.
I know, I know…it’s common sense right? Obviously running outside will be harder because on the treadmill there is no wind, resistance, and the belt propels your feet.
I have never really done a combination of running outside and treadmill running. I mainly stick outside, but this winter (due to getting a gym membership) I decided to run inside more because I hate the cold. I have done the best I could to simulate outdoor runs, such as setting the incline to 1% and throwing in some hills periodically. But I guess that wasn’t enough!
My goal was to run 3 miles, and I figured that could be accomplished in 30 minutes. I mean, I have been running 9:50 minutes per mile usually on the treadmill. Welp…I was wrong! I felt good for the first half mile then it all went downhill. It felt like my legs were lead and just could not go any faster. I ended up averaging 11:30 minutes per mile…and only ran 2.6 miles in 30 minutes. And my shins definitely hurt after as well.
I have a feeling this is why I didn’t PR (set a personal record) at the Big Chill 5K in December. I had mainly been treadmill training before that, and I wasn’t fully ready for a slightly hilly course.
Anyway, why am I sharing this with you? I’m not sure…but I figured other runners would be interested and could give me some tips as well! I plan on doing a half-marathon in April, and really want to set a PR. Hoping my running coach could help me hit 2:00 or sub-2:00?? After Saturday, it was clear to me I need to do mainly outdoor runs. I came home and napped after that run…that’s how much it tired me out! #sad
How do you motivate yourself to run outside in the winter? I have ZERO desire to do that…help!
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