Treadmill Vs. Outside Running

Now that I can run again, I have been forcing myself to get back into it. Yep, you read that correctly- FORCING. Running breaks are not good for me. I am a creature of habit and running has not been my habit lately. It is hard to get back into a routine. I have done three runs since that restriction was lifted and it is going ok. I have some work to do in terms of gaining back my speed and endurance. Thankfully, my endurance has not suffered completely but I am running as a significantly slower pace than what I am used to running. How do I get that pace back? I will gradually increase my speed as my chiro deems fit for me. He said I can run at an easy pace right now with no sprints. I need to find out what he considers a sprint at my appointment today! I would like to be able to push myself just a little bit further and faster with each run.

A few days ago I did not have a huge amount of time to go to the gym so I ran outside. I am almost embarrassed to admit it was my first outside run in almost a year! The last time I ran outside, I went with Stacy for a portion of one of her long runs for her marathon training. Yes, the marathon she ran last year. My trainer has busted me before for not running outside. HOW DID HE KNOW? I swear he has some voodoo trainer sixth sense with his clients. He knows when we are slacking. Jerk. ;) I texted Stacy after my outside run and she commented back about how I must have liked it more than treadmill running. Um no, I did not enjoy it at all.

When I first started running, I only ran outside because I was terrified of the treadmill. Like hold on to the sides for dear life terrified. Once I joined bootcamp, I had to throw that fear out of the window because we run fast and hard on treadmills once a week. We get yelled at if we hold on at all to the treadmill! You have to learn to hold on for quick moments when Ross is not looking at you. Haha. I usually enjoy running outside but the other day I was not feeling it. I had forgotten how much tougher it is to run outside as opposed to running on a treadmill. On a treadmill, you can zone out and just run. The machine keeps you going. Outside, you power yourself. YOU have to keep yourself going. Sure, you can slow down a machine or hop off for a second (NOT WHEN ROSS IS LOOKING!) but for the most part, the treadmill does a lot of work for you. Don’t get me wrong, it is still WORK to run on a treadmill. You still have to keep moving but your pace is easily regulated on a treadmill. Outside, you have to be mindful of your pace. You also have hills, cars, stop lights, crazy dogs, etc to slow you down. I feel like running outside has a greater mental challenge for me.

I will hopefully be able to join my bootcamp class again soon. I have some work to do in terms of running and ballistic movements (jumps and sprints) before I can join my girls again. I have been gone for so long that new ladies have joined and have no idea who I am! So for now, I will continue to force myself to run on the treadmill AND outside. If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you!

Here I am cooling down after my outside run. I am not a pretty runner. I get very red faced (more like purple that day) so you only get a leg shot!




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