Spring is here and now is the time to start running outside! For me, this was a goal I constantly set, but found extremely daunting. Let go of those feelings and embrace our guide to running outside.
My Running Diary: April 23rd, 2018
Before you go running outside, let go of any preconceived notions you may have about outdoor running. I had always been a sporadic outside runner because it always felt so much harder than it actually is! Once I was able to let that go and let go of that constant daunting feeling, I was able to run outside at will! My guide to running outside is everything I wish someone told me before! It keeps me focused now on all of my runs.
1. Do not compare your indoor runs to outdoor runs
Unless you run on a track outdoors, your pace, energy and running style will be different from running inside on a track or treadmill. This isn’t a bad thing and is actually a great thing. When you run indoors you lose the terrain aspect, and while elevating the treadmill is great, it’s not the same as running hills outside. I had to completely let go of comparing my indoor/outdoor runs and that’s why it’s the first step in our guide to running outside.
2. Factor in rest days
Running outside makes me so sore! It works so much more of my body and prior to becoming a daily outdoor runner, I had to factor in rest days. There were some mornings I could not push myself to get out of bed and that’s fine! My body needed that time to get stronger and those rest days helped me become a stronger runner. This is an essential step in our guide to running outside.
3. Switch up your routes
For a very long time I was guilty of not doing this and it was me being too comfortable. It’s easy to get in a running groove and it’s just as easy to get into a running rut. Both have their benefits, but I find that consistently running the same route over and over will lead to a huge running rut. It can be hard to climb out of that rut!
4. Run with a partner
For a long time I didn’t really like to run with anyone else because I felt that running was my time alone. In reality I was a bit self-conscious about my running, because people think if you run a lot then you run fast. Now it does not matter if you run fast or slow, but for a long time I thought it did. This is just silly because really what changes once you run daily is your stamina! That is the goal here, not speed.
5. Run on vacation
I know what you’re thinking, but it’s my vacation! I used to think the same thing until I realized running on vacation is a great way to see the sites! Every time I run somewhere new, I look at my surroundings differently. Not to mention, I quickly learn my way around a place. You don’t need to run for too long, though it can be fun to go for a long run. Just getting a quick 30-40 minute run in will energize you! I also never feel bad indulging on vacation because of this!
Solidifying yourself as an outdoor runner is much easier than you think. Use our 5 step guide to running outside. Spring has officially sprung and creating that foundation now will allow you to run the whole rest of the year!
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