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    Running inside vs. outside

    Hey fellow fanatics...

    Since mid-January, I have lost 45 lbs. (yay, me!), mostly by running on a treadmill. I have also thrown in some other cardio and weight training, but primarily my main workout is running.

    Every serious runner I know says that running outside is the way to go, but I am so used to the comfort of my gym and treadmill, I am not sold yet. I am wary of messing with what is working, and it is convenient to finish my run and transition right downstairs to the weight room. I also don't do well in the heat, and I think that I may appreciate the climate-controlled gym even more with summer coming.

    Tell me what I am missing...


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    Re: Running inside vs. outside

    first of all, tell me you are started at 400lbs so I don't feel such rage at your weight loss.

    2nd, I am not really a runner, but I'm going to comment anyway. I have found that I like running outside better (provided it's not a bajillion degrees). I push myself a lot harder plus I see actual progress from where I started- I can say "just one more block, one more block" and then convince myself to do another. I give up on a treadmill much faster because I don't feel like I'm really going anywhere. I can also speed up and slow down as needed which is good when I'm listening to music and want to run to the beat.

    You could always just trying switching it up for 1-2 days a week (depending how many times you workout). Look at the weather and see what days would be nice to be outside and take advantage.

    But seriously, congrats on your weight loss, that is awesome!



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    Re: Running inside vs. outside

    First of all. Congratulations! Awesome for you! Keep up what is working

    i prefer inside because I sprained an ankle outside and didn't like it. But the breeze and sence of accomplishment was better than a treadmill to me. I do outside when I travel, but stil prefer a treadmill when I can.



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    Re: Running inside vs. outside

    Running inside is my personnel hell. To me running outside is much more enjoyable and I get more out of my runs. However, if you have a routine that works, which it sounds like you do, stick too it.


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    Re: Running inside vs. outside

    Run in the morning and heat won't be as bad, humidity sucks though. I still like the treadmill as I force myself to be on it whenever I want to watch TV (except sports).



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    Re: Running inside vs. outside

    I started at 242 and am 198 now. My next goal is 185, which would put me 10 lbs. over where I was 25 years ago in high school!

    I work out 5 times a week, and 3 of those days I lift weights along with about a six mile run on the treadmill.

    I like being able to set the treadmill on a pace, and follow that pace. I do jack it up to push myself, or when a good song comes on!


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    Re: Running inside vs. outside

    Quote Originally Posted by isucyfan View Post
    I started at 242 and am 198 now. My next goal is 185, which would put me 10 lbs. over where I was 25 years ago in high school!

    I work out 5 times a week, and 3 of those days I lift weights along with about a six mile run on the treadmill.

    I like being able to set the treadmill on a pace, and follow that pace. I do jack it up to push myself, or when a good song comes on!
    I run 6 days a week on a treadmill. I absolutely hate running on concrete, it hurts my knees and ankles.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Let's Go State View Post
    First of all. Congratulations! Awesome for you! Keep up what is working

    i prefer inside because I sprained an ankle outside and didn't like it. But the breeze and sence of accomplishment was better than a treadmill to me. I do outside when I travel, but stil prefer a treadmill when I can.
    It does seem more precarious running outside. You are one of the only people I have talked to that prefer inside. Maybe I am just another that also does...


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    Quote Originally Posted by UNIGuy4Cy View Post
    I run 6 days a week on a treadmill. I absolutely hate running on concrete, it hurts my knees and ankles.
    Yeah, I forgot to mention that I have pretty bad shin splints, and running outside seems to make them worse.


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    Re: Running inside vs. outside

    Get good shoes, and don't run only on concrete. Grass or rubber tracks can give your shins a break or you'll likely get splints. I always try to do as many miles as i can at a certain pace, and then one extra after I'm beat at whatever pace my body allows, with the last half mile as cooldown jog/walk.



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    Re: Running inside vs. outside

    First, I walk and don't run. However, I HATE walking on a treadmill, but I love getting outside and walking every opportunity I can. I always take a different route. I use an app called MyMapWalk that maps my route and keeps track of the mileage and time I have walked. I love just walking around my neighborhood and the nearby neighborhoods and just enjoying the outside air.

    When it is too cold or hot, I will walk on the treadmill, but will watch the weather and look for opportunities to walk outside. I walked outside last week when it was about 50 degrees out. My walks were shorter, but I walked at a faster pace.



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    Re: Running inside vs. outside

    Quote Originally Posted by isucyfan View Post
    I started at 242 and am 198 now. My next goal is 185, which would put me 10 lbs. over where I was 25 years ago in high school!

    I work out 5 times a week, and 3 of those days I lift weights along with about a six mile run on the treadmill.

    I like being able to set the treadmill on a pace, and follow that pace. I do jack it up to push myself, or when a good song comes on!
    Any special diet with that?



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    Re: Running inside vs. outside

    Sounds like it works for you. I mix it up mainly to prevent getting bored. But I don't run on either or my old floor man knees get going. The treadmill does seem to be easier on them.



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    Re: Running inside vs. outside

    Different people, different likes. If I can use a treadmill/elliptical that has a TV, I could use it for an hour+. If not, I get bored and don't want to be there. Running outside (when its nice) is much better for me...not sure why. Maybe its just that I'm outside feeling the breeze, taking in the surroundings, etc.

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    Re: Running inside vs. outside

    Running outside just blows away running inside, IMO. Running inside can be necessary during the winter months, but its just not the same.

    There's a borderline spiritual quality that comes from an outdoor run. There are certain challenges that just can't be duplicated inside, and there's just something about breathing in fresh air that's more invigorating.


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