For the last week and a half, I've been out of town taking care of things to do with my father's funeral. Taking care of arrangements, thank-yous, making sure Mom is going to be OK, etc.
Also, during this time - there has been a cold snap in my hometown. I've been running outside everyday - and on a couple of days where I would have hit my treadmill if I'd been home. For example, this morning it was snowing, 15 degrees and 3 degree wind chill. But, down the road I went!
But it got me to thinking about everyone who stays on the treadmill all during the winter and then goes back to the roads in the Spring. Even though it's great that you're keeping up the mileage (and I totally recommend it), there are some things that you need to be aware of when you go back to the roads.
Start back outside slowly. When you first go out - do one run a week outside. Each week, do one or two more runs outside. Keep this up until you are doing all of your runs outdoors. This may take a month - but you want to give your joints ample time to get used to the different surface.
Another tip - don't make your first run back outside your long run of the week. You want to ease back into long miles outside, also.
Don't worry if your times are slower when you go back outside. This will happen because of wind resistance, but you'll be back to your normal pace in no time.
Take it easy with the hills when you go back outdoors. Even though you've probably done hill work on your treadmill, it will be different on the roads. Going down the hills will be rough on your legs at first.
Remember that you're back outside now with cars, dogs and other things that you won't encounter in your home on your treadmill. Remember to run smart and be more alert to everything.
Running on the treadmill is great - and I highly recommend it to keep fit during the winter. When you go back outside, it may feel like running is different than it was before your treadmill. But, don't worry, you're running will be back to normal after just a little while. And, in a much shorter period of time than if you have just taken the winter off.
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