(Closed) Beginner Runner – How to adjust?

posted 7 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
2214 posts
Buzzing bee

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
1837 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

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
777 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

@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
722 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@hogoboom2012:  looking into the C25K (couch to 5k) app, if you haven’t already

Post # 7
13 posts
  • Wedding: December 2014

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
272 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

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. 

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