Transitioning From the Treadmill to the Road?

  • CasualRunner

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    Mar 11, 2012 8:38 PM GMT
    Spring is finally here! I woke today with the wonderful realization that it was going to be in the mid sixties, and I had nothing planned. I decided to finally start running outside, as I just started running back in December and have been on a treadmill. I had heard the old tricks of keeping your incline set at around "2" to mimic an actual run outside. It didn't seem to help today, though as I didn't have the stamina and endurance that I usually do on indoor runs.

    Are there any tricks or tips that anyone has to make this transition easier? Living in Michigan, I'm not sure if I'll be able to run outside next winter and I don't want to lose weeks of training because of it.
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    Mar 11, 2012 9:37 PM GMT
    Despite what people tell you... running on the treadmill is NOT the same as actual running. Setting the incline to 1 or 2 is a total crock. My only suggestion is to just go out and run. Just run as much as you can, until you feel your stamina drop. Then speed walk until you catch your breath . Then start running again. Over time you'll build up your endurance and will be able to run further and with fewer breaks.

    As for winter running.. are there any colleges in your area with an indoor running track?

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    Mar 19, 2012 3:38 AM GMT
    If you really love running you should be able to winter run outdoors, although it's a whole different beast compared to the other seasons. I think you might enjoy running outdoors long term. There's variety, scenery and trails (urban areas can be fun to run in as well). If you're going out for a while you already know to bring your mobile with you, some extra bus fare in case you get lost or run out of stamina, and a protein-filled snack (protein bar, a lot of peanuts, etc.) for after in case you're not able to have a meal within 15-20 min. Consider gels for runs longer than 18K as well. Of course don't forget to bring fluids. There are many options.
  • MikemikeMike

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    Mar 19, 2012 10:35 AM GMT
    Buy the best footwear you can afford. You only have one pair of feet...I think.
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    Mar 19, 2012 11:08 AM GMT
    Some people develop a running style that is unique to the treadmill, in which they don't lift their feet as high as they would outside. This makes them prone to stumbling & tripping when they encounter real-world road obstacles. Related to this is running in low-light outdoor conditions of morning or evening (and of course with reflective clothing and even illuminated armbands or headgear) and simply not seeing hazards well.

    Also, you lose some appreciation for variable surface slickness on a treadmill, which is rubber with constant friction. I don't know if the OP would be running on sidewalks with ice and packed snow as I once did in North Dakota, but for a month or so in the Spring the coarse traction sanding remains behind after the melt, which can be a slip hazard on dry surfaces. Wet leaves in the Fall become another traction issue.

    So for these and other reasons you have to concentrate more on reading your path, and less on your headsets or daydreaming as you might on a treadmill.
  • MikemikeMike

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    Mar 19, 2012 11:40 AM GMT
    OP-listen to Artdeco he knows of what he spaeks...he runs to Ben and Jerry's a lot!icon_lol.gif j/k Art don't freak out.