I was reading posts about treadmill v outdoor running yesterday having just completed week 1 indoors. My very first attempt back in April was in the park and I didn't even get halfway through, but didn't want to completely throw in the towel. Having read that it may be easier on the treadmill I tried again (gave up again, but that's another story).
I've been delighted to finish my first week but have the ultimate goal of one day running in a 5k, so thought I'd test out how much harder the outdoors is again. Having done w1r3 on the treadmill in the morning I went out round the park to do the same run in the evening. It was harder. A lot harder. When I got to the end and Laura congratulated me on running for 8 minutes, I thought, hmmm no, more like 7.30 as I'd stopped about 10 seconds from the end on three of the runs. Runs in the middle though, so was pleased it didn't put me off attempting the last few.
I'm thinking of doing all 3 runs of each week on the treadmill, to maximise my chances of getting to the end rather than getting dispirited and giving up. But I'm thinking of trying to do an extra run (this time with the normal rest day in between) outdoors. This will prolong the programme overall, which I don't mind, but will give me the chance to see what outdoors is like whilst still, hopefully seeing progress in the gym to keep me going. Also, I'm hoping that sticking at it in the gymwill improve my fitness and help overall.
I'll be doing a week 1 run outdoors again at the end of next week's w2 runs indoors, as I didn't do it properly. I think being a week behind outdoors might make it seem easier anyway but I'll still be building up. Anyway, that's the theory....still got to see how week 2 on the treadmill goes yet!