Although running indoors and on a treadmill is fast, comfortable and efficient, many runners prefer to train outdoors because it allows them to enjoy nature and fresh air. A change of scenery for your workouts can also improve your mood.
Keep in mind that running outdoors brings with it some unique challenges. You’ll have to deal with a few things, such as weather changes and pace issues. To have more fun running outdoors, be aware of the following things:
Know your pacing
Many runners make the mistake of setting their pace inaccurately when running outdoors. This is especially true for those who are already used to running indoors and on a treadmill that sets the pace for them. It is advisable to practice long runs outdoors regularly so that you gain an understanding of the mechanics. You’ll also build tempo and muscle memory for your running speeds.
How can you determine your running level and increase your running performance outdoors? Regularly choose different speeds and learn about your feelings and performance. How do you feel at jogging, racing and sprinting speeds? Also, train to alternate these paces to make the routine more challenging.
Adapt to the weather or climate
Remember that running outdoors is different than running indoors on a treadmill. In the winter, you may run more on the treadmill. Treadmills are a soft surface. When that season is over and you want to run outdoors again, you need to give your body enough time to get used to the outdoor elements again. Give your body time to get used to the different surfaces. Outside, you will sometimes run on gravel and asphalt. If you’re not used to it and try to do too much too fast, you’ll feel it in your joints and Achilles tendon fairly quickly.
The weather or climate can also have a big impact on your runs. Give your body time to get used to the climate. Also, look at the change of seasons as a way to restore your running performance and strengthen your immune system.
In other words, avoid overexerting yourself on your first outdoor runs. Pay attention to weather forecasts. Avoid pushing yourself too hard in extreme weather.
Wear the right shoes
Avoid wearing bad running shoes with worn out material. If the material is already worn out, it can no longer provide you with the support and cushioning your feet need for running. Replace old running shoes – immediately.
Also, make sure you choose the right shoes – shoes designed specifically for the challenges and rigors of running. Get a professional running analysis, because your shoe should fit your running style. This will help you prevent sore joints, ankle or foot pain, tendonitis and stress fractures.
Correct stride length
Learn your proper stride length while running. Learn the optimal stride length for you as a runner in different situations.
When you feel the movement, you feel your running rhythm. You need to feel what is good for you.
Stay patient and work for results
No matter how hard you train, you won’t see results overnight. You need to be patient and consistent. Don’t expect your desired results to happen quickly. Take your time to make progress and expect setbacks.
You will see how running outdoors will make you faster, stronger and fitter. You will activate your metabolism and lose weight. However, you should consider the comments in this article and ask a personal trainer for advice if you think it’s necessary. Enjoy your workout!