Ok, treadmill warriors. The weather is breaking and now it is time to take your running outside. But before you hit the running trails, you will want to prepare for outdoor running by transitioning from the treadmill properly.
Outdoor running is NOT the same as treadmill running. In this episode, Stephanie and I break down the differences between treadmill running and running outdoors and show you how to transition from treadmill running to outdoor running safely.
So back in episode 22, I published an episode where I talked about running on the treadmill. As part of that episode, I walked through several tips you could implement when it came to treadmill running.
I also talked about some of the advantages and disadvantages of running on a treadmill and how to use a treadmill to your advantage. So, to jump-start this episode, I thought it would be a good time to review a few of them because some of these things will come into play when we talk about transitioning from the treadmill to outdoor running.
One of the key takeaways is that treadmill running is NOT the same as outdoor running. Both surface and biomechanics when it comes to treadmill running are different. If you are primarily a runner who uses the treadmill regularly and all of a sudden you shift to outdoor running, you may see new running problems pop up. For example, injuries, heavy or achy legs, feet, or lower back and changes in your running pace are all common things that runners may experience when switching from the treadmill to outdoor running. In fact, even the opposite is true if you transition to indoor running.
So to address this, we thought this would be a good time review this in a podcast episode because this is the time of the year (depending on where you live) that the cold, crappy weather is starting to break and we start to get more and more nice days to run outside.
Before we talk about the transition process, let’s first start with the advantages and disadvantages of treadmill running. Runners should be aware of these as treadmills can have both a positive and negative effect on your running.
Advantages of Running on a Treadmill
Disadvantages of Running on a Treadmill
8 Tips for Transitioning from Treadmill to Outdoor Running
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