Treadmill to outdoors x2

So on Friday I attempted w5r3 outdoors, having done all the previous runs on the treadmill. It was pretty tough and I only ran about 15 minutes with a couple of short stops to cross the road. I tried again today and ran about the same with longer breaks. I think I'm going to go back to the treadmill to try and complete it and maybe try w5r2 outdoors at the weekends. I was just wondering if anyone had any other suggestions? Like I said in my last post I'm doing Race for Life in 2 weeks and I'd really like to run at least half of it...


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  • Are you going out too fast? One of the things you have to learn outside is to manage your pace - on the treadmill it is set for you. Try taking it slower and see if that helps. 

    For your race for life you could try a planned run/walk pattern rather than going flat out until you run out of steam. Something like 2 mins running 1 min walking might do it.

  • Quite a few have posted about going from treadmill to outdoors and experienced similar things as outdoors has a vety different feel.

    As Ullyrunner says  wAlk/run plan maybe the way to go for the race for life ,

  • You're fine, just go outdoors. I did the whole program outside and that run tripped me up as well so I had to repeat.  Just slow down next run and you'll make it.  You could try a new route or some new tunes to keep you going.  Or when you're flagging, picture that home stretch of the race with the finish line in sight.  You'll be just fine for your race.

  • Hi Morven. If you were progressing through the program as usual I'd do whatever feels comfortable, but as you're aiming for your race for life outdoors, why not continue practicing outdoors? You could repeat week five until you've completed it outside and that should give you confidence for your run/walk on the day. Whatever you decide to do, good luck and have fun!

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