How do I train as hard outdoors?
I run 35km a week on the treadmill. I used to run outdoors but tried the gym after getting tired of stopping to cross roads, bad weather, and of course, it being dark when I get in from work and me being a young female.
Now, I realise I'm letting slip that I'm rather fanatical about running but the gym is shut quite a bit over the Christmas period, more than my 2 rest days!!! I'm quite happy to run outdoors but how (without buying expensive new equipment) can I make sure my run is the same intensity and length? I find I work harder on the treadmill cos I keep the spped constant and set the incline to a steady 3.0 - 2.5
Any advice from anyone much appreciated!
get outside and enjoy the freedom and fresh air
go to http://www.gmap-pedometer.com/ and work out a route and just have fun
you never know you may realise that runing outside is sooo much better!
What the others say - get out in the fresh air.
I understand your anxieties, what with being a young female. But over the holiday period and esp on Crimbo and Boxing days you'll find that everyone else in indoors either eating and drinking themselves silly or traipsing round the sales ... so you should find outdoor running a less hassled experience.
More generally, another good time to run outdoors is any evening when the England footie squad are playing an important match. Last time they were against Argentina the streets were so deserted I thought WW3 had broken out ...
I've never run in a gym but can't imagine getting up any excitement over running indoors? Get out! Yes it's cold and horrible.....dark....run near street lights. The fear factor ..............adds to the fun. My best runs have been in the dark through the woods
I hate gyms, nasty places.
Find a friend or two to run with.
"No such thing as bad weather, just bad kit." - I really like that Sezz
Thanks! Sound advice and I agree, running outdoors is so much more fun. But the gym does fit much better into the end of my day and I can't say I live in a very scenic place! In support of gyms, I do get to watch the BBC news whilst doing my speed work! I realise I look like a hamster but it's not that boring! And I don't have to dodge people, wait at traffic lights.... I'm not going to convert a majority though am I!!!
Bad weather/ bad kit? So far, haven't found any headwear that keeps the rain off my glasses Not fun!
Get some perspective, hun- do you have to do 35km per week?
It's only a few days, run outside during the daylight if you want some fresh air and...
dare i say it, give your body a little rest time
It's personal preference yes.
They have their place for conditioning and rehab but I still don't like them.
All I see is poor form and injuries waiting to happen or, after Christmas, unconditioned people trying to kill themselves on treadmills.
Treadmill running is easier than outside but infinately more boring.
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