Regarding running outside versus running on a treadmill: When I first started running, I used the treadmill and went at a fairly slow pace, about a 10 or 11 minute mile. When I went outside, the change from treadmill to ground was awful! I could hardly run at all!
Then, before I went to boot camp, I decided that my goal was to run my incoming assessment in 12 minutes, or an 8-minute mile pace. It killed me on the treadmill, but when I took it to boot camp, I easily ran my first 1.5 mile assessment in 11:57, my second in 11:07, and my third in 11:00. My husband and I started running outside together because I was much quicker, and I got my time down to about 10:30.
Then it came time for my assessment in late October in Newport, RI. I kept trying to run it on the treadmill, but a 7-minute mile pace was completely unsustainable. I couldn't do it! So I ran my assessment outside and though it was 42 degrees outside and windy, I still managed to finish in 10:42.
I don't want wind to be a factor in my next assessment, so I'm slowly working on running on the treadmill as fast as I can run outside. The key difference is that my pace must stay the same on the treadmill; outside, I can slow down a little bit if I need to or speed up a little bit as my body desires, averaging out to a 7:00 pace.
In regards to the calorie count, I just ignore it. I'm not even sure I trust the SP numbers, but they're the best estimate I have. If I need to drop some weight, I just watch my portions and toss in some more cardio.
As long as I'm running, my weight is manageable. It's not my favorite form of cardio, but I get the best results, and I'm kinda good at it.
- 12/13/2011 4:28:29 PM