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February 26, 2013 6:45 AM
Looking for advice about how to transition my treadmill workouts to running outdoors. Especially interested in ideas about how to ensure a consistent pace, since that's something that I've relied on the machine to do for me. Running apps you'd recommend for this? Other suggestions?
February 26, 2013 6:47 AM
I'm still strictly a treadmill runner (thank you New York weather!) but my mom runs outside. She's pretty happy with her RunKeeper app.
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February 26, 2013 6:50 AM
Put wheels on a treadmill, take it out on the road. happy
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February 26, 2013 6:51 AM
I've tried many apps but keep coming back to CardioTrainer. You might want to try one that automatically syncs with MFP, like Runtastic or Endomondo.

When you're first setting out, however, I'd ignore all pacing and gadgets until you find a pace that's right for you - running outside is a completely different beast to dreadmill running. Plus running into trees and tripping over kerbs is not a good look!
Edited by BerryH On February 26, 2013 6:55 AM
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February 26, 2013 6:52 AM
I started training on a treadmill also and recently transitioned to indoor track & outdoor road running. Pace definitely takes a little getting used to.

I use the DigiFit app (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/irunner-running-jogging-walking/id304074554?mt=8) which gives voice feedback for pace (based on GPS) and heartrate (based on my Polar H7 HRM), and it syncs with MFP. I guess I would say it works well, and there are a number of other apps as well.
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February 26, 2013 6:54 AM
I use MapMyRun on my iPhone, which I find great.
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February 26, 2013 6:55 AM
My trainer said the equivalent of running on a treadmill to running outside is to set the treadmill at an incline of 1.0-2.5! I can honestly say since doing that I am able to run outside a lot easier. But I had to work myself up to it by running for a couple of weeks at 1.5.
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February 26, 2013 6:56 AM
If you're looking for a decent app to track your outdoor runs, I personally use Endomondo.

Now for training for the transition from indoor to outdoor running. I do a combo of indoor and outdoor running I found it's easier if you put a small incline on the treadmill usually veriables from .5 to 1. I find that gives me the almost feeling of being on the road. Train like that for a week or so and you should be able to find your pace. I know my pace is actually quicker outside than on the treadmill, which I've been working on...but still. Enjoy the outside it's way more fun!
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February 26, 2013 6:58 AM
Last year I started training for a half in January and ran on a treadmill until around March.....it was a very easy transition to outside. For me, running outside is SO MUCH EASIER than running on a treadmill. I keep the incline on the treadmill at 0, but it still feels so hard. I think running outside gives me more distractions.

In the past I have used CardioTrainer and Strava on my phone. But my favorite is my Garmin watch; you can find some GPS watches for fairly cheap. I use my HRM as well to make sure I can maintain my pace!
February 26, 2013 7:00 AM
Looking to do the same thing. Too much snow to run outdoors now! But want to be able to when the spring thaw hits in a couple months. Thanks for the suggestions.
February 26, 2013 7:10 AM
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I've tried many apps but keep coming back to CardioTrainer. You might want to try one that automatically syncs with MFP, like Runtastic or Endomondo.

When you're first setting out, however, I'd ignore all pacing and gadgets until you find a pace that's right for you - running outside is a completely different beast to dreadmill running. Plus running into trees and tripping over kerbs is not a good look!


Ditto!! I LOVE CardioTrainer! So easy to use, and it keeps your history, so you can see all your previous runs. And if you do other activities (bicycling, stationary bike, elliptical, treadmill, etc.), you can log those workouts too.

And I agree with her advice about running outside. It's a completely different workout, but in my opinion, the only way to go. How many races will you complete on a treadmill, so why bother training on one? wink Good luck!!
February 26, 2013 7:18 AM
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And I agree with her advice about running outside. It's a completely different workout, but in my opinion, the only way to go. How many races will you complete on a treadmill, so why bother training on one? wink Good luck!!


I want to run races. But I am a full time working mom, I get home at 7pm, spend time with baby, by the time everyone is fed and he is asleep it is 10pm. I don't feel like running alone around Bronx at that hour, even in a better area. That may not be good for my health. So treadmill is my only option for training.
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February 26, 2013 7:46 AM
I didn't notice any difference when transitioning from the treadmill to the road and I'm pretty much the same for speed and endurance. On the treadmill, I run with the incline set at 1.0 which is supposed to mimic a normal outdoor terrain. I just strap my iPhone to my arm and use the Nike+running app. to keep track of my speed and distance and away I go.
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February 27, 2013 6:03 AM
Thanks for all the suggestions!
February 27, 2013 6:11 AM
From my personal experience I actually find running on the roads easier. As you know the treadmill can get very boring when your staring at the same thing the whole time! I was worried also about keeping going because at least the treadmill doesn't stop but its actually a lot easier in my experience.

My tips would be:

1. DO NOT STOP - If you know you can keep running on the treadmill for 30 minutes for example then don't stop on the roads at say 20 minutes. I personally find it very hard to get going again once I have stopped.
2. Make little markers for yourself. Keep aiming for something in the distance and say "just till that post" and then make another one. I always find the first mile the toughest, once that's over I find its gets a lot easier.
3. Get fitted running shoes if you havn't already got them. I found running on the roads harder on my knees, so the correct running shoe is important.

Hope all this helps you. Not much but you might use something :)
February 27, 2013 6:12 AM
Oh and 4. Map my run app is brilliant! Logs your miles, minute per mile and splits. They have a cool website to with challenges and a community. Check it out!

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