Wednesday, May 2, 2018

7 Reasons I Love Running Outside.

It's outside running season! I've missed running in general, but I've really missed running outside. While the treadmill has it's place in my running life, I am always so happy when I can get outside and enjoy running outside. I am not a fan of running outside in the winter time. But as soon as the weather warms up a bit, (like around 55 degrees), I'm back outside!

I am slowly adding miles back every week.  My knee is feeling a little better every day and I'm learning how to listen to my body a little better. I can tell when it's time to get a good foam rolling session in and I'm way better at remembering to stretch and ice.

Running, in general, has a ton of benefits, but there is something even better about running outside instead of on the treadmill. If you're ever feeling like you're stuck at a certain mileage and you can't get past it, my biggest tip is to run outside instead of on the treadmill. This helps me every single time I need to add more miles to my training. A couple of weeks ago I was running about 10 miles a week, last week I ran 20 miles, and this week I'm going to add even more.

When you run outside, there is no stop button.  So just stopping the first time your brain tries to tell your body to quit isn't really an option. You have to run home anyway. You're way more likely to add more mileage.

Being inside all day is hard and frustrating. And running on the treadmill helps relieve stress just the same as running outside, but outside you get the fresh air and the vitamin D.  Somehow it just helps even more with the emotional benefits that running gives us.  I'll take all the vitamin D and fresh air I can get, come springtime.

One of my favorite times of the day to run outside is sunrise and sunset. This is for obvious reasons. The view itself makes getting out the door and running worth every second. Plus the temperature is cooler then.

I love that when I run outside I see so many people. And since I run around my neighborhood a lot they are usually people I know. It gives me a little extra drive and push to keep going and not to stop early or walk (unless there is a reason to).

My mind functions better no matter where I run, but when I run outside, clearing my mind and coming up with new or better ideas is so much easier for me than when I run on the treadmill.

You get to explore a little bit when you run outside. Especially if you're a trail runner, which I'm not much of a trail runner right now, but hopefully I'll be running some trails soon. Finding new places to run and explore makes running that much more fun and exciting.

If you're training for a race, you could train all on the treadmill, but running outside is a lot different from running on the treadmill. When you're running on the treadmill, there are a lot of things you can control (the incline, the temperature in the room, wind resistance, ect.) but when you're outside you learn to just deal with the conditions you have.  You run up hills that you come to, you plan ahead for hydration and heat. You train better for any kind of conditions you might have during your race.

I've just always loved outside running because it makes me happier. Treadmill running definitely helps with my mood but I see the treadmill as more of a tool to help me train than something I enjoy doing. I honestly enjoy going out and being on a run in fresh air and warm weather. I love everything about it.

Do you hate the treadmill or would you prefer that over running outside?

What is your favorite/least favorite weather to run in?

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