Outdoor running has some key advantages that when added up will hopefully encourage at least a few outdoor runs.
The world simply isn’t as flat and squishy as ‘Treadmill Land’. If you’re training for an outdoor event it’s important to experience outdoor running as much as possible to aid coordination and balance. That way you’ll be ready for it on race day.
A touch more challenging
Unlike running on a treadmill, running outdoors requires you to propel yourself forward. This requires a greater amount of energy and you may not be totally prepared for it if race day is your first outdoor run. The same rule applies to factors such as wind resistance, although some studies do suggest increasing the treadmill incline does cancel this difference.
Not much need for an explanation here. Running outdoors is less expensive than buying a treadmill or a gym membership. You LITERALLY only need to step out your front door.
Avoid the boredom
No matter how much you mix things up on a treadmill it will never compare to the scenic runs you will experience outdoors. The curse of the treadmill is falling into the habit of glancing at the clock every 30 seconds, and can be deflating when the clock hasn’t moved as far along as you might have hoped.
Train the way you want to run
If you’re training for a specific event, it’s important to adjust your training to reflect what you may experience when the real thing comes along. Sure you can program modern treadmills to reflect a race course – hills and all – but when race day comes your legs will thank you for taking them outside and giving them a taste of what’s in store.
Check out these Top Running tracks in the Moreton Bay Region for some outdoor run inspiration.