Due to the great weather here in Michigan, I’ve gone for two outdoor runs in the past week. And…I’m incredibly sore! I forgot how running outside after running inside for a while (or not running at all, let’s be honest!) can really do a number on your body. I almost always get shin splints after my first outdoor run “of the season.” I’m using “quotes” because otherwise using that phrase might give you the impression I’m a runner…and I’m not. Because I don’t wear shoes like this.
Anyway, if you’re ready to cheat on the treadmill with the super sexy open road, the new issue of Runner’s World has some great tips on how to do it. They are meant for beginners, but I think even the more experienced runners can take note!
Ease into it. Only go outside once a week (whoops!) and do a run/walk plan when you do. You can check out my all-time favorite, swear-by, how-I-became-a-marathoner run/walk plan; otherwise, Runner’s World suggests doing a minute of running and a minute of walking for the same total time you normally run indoors. It’s OK to start slow; Tiger Woods probably started with only one mistress, and look how far he took it!
Slow down. Because it’s just harder to run outside (wind, natural inclines), going from the treadmill to the sidewalk can be so frustrating. The flip side of this is that running outside for a while means when you do go back on the treadmill, you will absolutely fly! But prepare for going outside by upping your treadmill incline — FYI, it needs to be at least at 1.0 at all times or you’re pretty much running downhill — and then slow your pace when you do get outside.
Don’t go all the way. If you don’t want to slow down or add in breaks, you can cut your total mileage. And in that case, it’s not even cheating! (If you’re Bill Clinton, anyway.)
Be prepared. If you’re going to cheat, you don’t want to end up with a baby mama (hello, John Edwards!) so you gotta pack protection. Wear layers and go for sweat-wicking performance gear to keep you comfortable and dry. And here are some tips on how to protect yourself from creepers and speeding cars.
My hamstrings were so sore and tight today, despite the sunshine, I took it to my bike to loosen up. But I’m eager to get back into my (ugly, white girl) running shoes soon, so I’m definitely going to use these tips to cheat again this week!