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Treadmill to outdoors

So far iv completed the entire programme up to week 9 run 1 using a treadmill, I plan to complete the next 2 runs on the treadmill. Has anyone else done this and then attempted to start running outdoors? How did you find it? Can I expect to find it harder? Any tips?

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I started outdoors on week8- found it far less tedious and more refreshing but harder in that the slightest incline feels like a mountain

My route isn’t very picturesque compared to some I see on here but I definitely prefer outdoors to in

Let me know how you get on

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Is your treadmill set on a gradient of at least one degree, to better simulate outdoors?

Many people moving outdoors from a treadmill find it tougher because of gradients, uneven surfaces, weather, having to control their own pace to name few........ however, outdoors provides fresh air, vitamin D, stimulation galore and ever changing scenery.

It might take a few runs to get used to it, but it is worthwhile.

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Some do, some not.. I find indoors easy and am much speedier... ( only ever use when the weather is icy or after injury) and outside.. is amazing.

There is so much to see and hear ... no control at all over your running conditions... weather, surface etc etc... Every run is different.. :)

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Yes! I did the entire programme on a treadmill. I wanted to venture outdoors towards the end but decided not to mess up when I was so near the end! I now run outside but am still finding it hard (but definitely more interesting!) The first outdoor run I did was just so determined not to look stupid that I forced myself through it and felt really chuffed at the end. I don't know whether you have your treadmill on an incline or not but I never did and the transition to hills (even a slight hill!) has been the worst thing for me, but I'm working on this...tbh, just thrilled I'm running anywhere and that I've stuck to it! I've used the treadmill once since graduating for a speed programme and I did enjoy that but i must say that feeling the air and smelling flowers and the sea (for me anyway) is just so mood boosting! You're so close to the end of the programme but you're setting yourself up for a lifetime of running so just think of the transition to outdoor as your next challenge, but not one you need to rush into. Good luck!

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I echo all of this! I did most of c25k on a treadmill and am now running outside more. It’s a totally different experience. I’m finding hills a challenge and I feel self conscious when I’m puffing my way past dog walkers but I guess that will improve and when it’s good outside it’s really good.

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When you are ready, leap outside and have fun!😃

All those problems - of trying to balance on a treadmill, worrying about falling off it, wondering if you can get off or will you have to run all night like a hamster, - will be gone!! 😂

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