Post # 1
I’m trying to lose weight and started running earlier this year. We’ve had snow until last week (and now it’s 70 degrees, welcome to Michigan!) so I was running indoors on a treadmill. I’ve been running 4-5 days a week for 40-45 mins at a time in intervals (run/walk). I got to the point where I could run a full 2 miles (with incline at 2) pretty well and I would do 3.2 miles with run/walk intervals.
I’m running a 5k on May 18 and could finally start training outside this weekend. But, I felt like I was going to die the whole time! My legs feel strong enough to keep going, but my lungs feel totally spent. I was pacing myself and doing more of a jogging pace, but still couldn’t keep it going very long at all. I felt like a total failure and like I wasted the last 3 months at the gym.
Do any of you bees have any suggestions on how to adjust/acclimate to running outside and not on a treadmill? Any suggestions would be great!
Post # 3
Just keep at it. I also find running outside to be more difficult, but after a few weeks, I adjusted well to it. I had to find a running path that wasn’t near any major streets because car exhaust would kill me. I also run faster outside, so I need to consciously think about pacing myself so I don’t overdo it at the beginning.
Post # 4
i agree–just keep going. your body isn’t used to running on asphalt (more impact than the treadmill). I felt like this when I started running outside back in feb & just finished my first half marathon today.
you can do it!
Post # 5
@hogoboom2012: Do you have allergies? I have pretty bad allergies this time of year which leads to mild seasonal asthma so I make sure I take my Allegra every day, especially when I plan to run outside. I noticed it helps my breathing.
Also, pacing is the biggest thing to running outside. A treadmill keeps the pace for you. You just have to be very aware of your pace when outside! And make sure you’re consistent with your breathing – deep breath in through the nose and exhale out of your mouth. I usually follow the 2 step rule: 2 steps breathing in, 2 steps breathing out. Good luck!
Post # 6
@hogoboom2012: looking into the C25K (couch to 5k) app, if you haven’t already
Post # 7
Running outside is harder, but you’ll get used to it. Just keep at it! Remember, slower and longer is better than fast and short.
Post # 8
Just remember, you won’t die – you’ll pass out first.
But in all seriousness, I do think treadmill vs. outside is different. Your accomplishments on the TM are awesome so don’t feel discouraged. Run when you can, walk if you must, but don’t ever stop. Sometimes I bribe myself with an extra walk break every mile if I do all my intervals as planned through the mile.
Post # 9
Thank you for the encouragement. The second day at it was much better!
Thank you! That helped a lot. Focusing on the breathing made me forget how tired my legs were by the end of mile 2 🙂
I looked into it, but I don’t have time to do the program the whole way through. I do use some of the principles from it though!
I needed that. Thank you. I had it as a goal to run the whole thing, but over the weekend, I realized that as long as I cross the finish line, even if I have to run intervals still, I will have run a 5K!
Definitely made me LOL with your comment. Thanks for the smile 🙂