Fitness, Goals, Good to Know

Running on the Treadmill vs. Running Outside

September 20, 2013

Hey friends!

I’m more glad than usual that it’s Friday. I have had one of the busiest weeks that I’ve had in a loooooong time.

I was SO excited to get to the gym for a workout today. <<<< This is awesome given the fact that, as of Wednesday, I barely had the motivation or energy to get in my car and drive to Fit Camp, much less participate. The only downside was that I was really limited in the amount of time that I had to work out today. I had 35 minutes to squeeze in some sweat time so I programmed a pretty killer workout…but at the very last minute decided to enjoy the cooler, less humid Florida weather and go for a run.

I haven't gone running in 6 months

See! I haven’t clocked a run since March 10th!

I began my run feeling pretty confidant. I did a fit test last week that began with a 3 mile run. Since I was performing my fit test at the local gym, I used the treadmill to clock my run. I was SHOCKED (!!!!) that I easily ran a full 5k (3.2 mi.) in just over 26 minutes. For not running in 6 months, this was very unexpected. So today, as I bounced out the door fully planning to beat my 26 minute time, I was extremely disappointed when 26 minutes came around and I still hadn’t completed 3 miles.

running at the gym

This is my treadmill time/distance

running outside

This is my outside distance in the same amount of time that I ran on the treadmill

I survived today's running

I survived today’s running…with a smile and a thumbs up!

This goes to show you that running outside, as you do in road races, takes into account many more factors than does basic, gym running. For example, today I was tired, my mind was all over the place, it’s much hotter outside than it is in the gym, snakes and my friendly neighbors proved to be very distracting when I was pacing myself, and my music was not quite as peppy and motivating as I would have liked. So, if you’re training for a race, do it outside if you can! It’s a much more accurate measurement of your running performance.

Side note- I still don’t enjoy running, although I really wish I did! I’ve been curious where I stand with my running now that I don’t do it anymore and there are a couple of local 5ks coming up that I’m participating in. Today’s run was ok, but I got bored and my mind wandered like crazy. I think I made 3 separate to-do lists in a 1 mile span. Personally, I like working out to be a distraction and a way to blow off steam from the outside world, not a way for my to continue thinking about everything that I have going on.

Now I’m throwing together some dinner and spending some time with Mark before I’m headed to Orlando! I’ll be at the FLBlogCon (Florida Bloggers Conference) tomorrow and couldn’t be more excited! I’ve been doing a ton of learning in almost every aspect of my life lately, so this will certainly be no exception. Bring on the knowledge!!!!

Have a fabulous weekend!


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  • Anita

    I did NOT know you had a blog 🙂 I am going to take a peak around!

    PS-My sister cannot run outside. She loves running (on a treadmill) but when she goes outside her breathing is all messed up. Any idea why (other than humidity)?

  • Anita

    I did NOT know you had a blog 🙂 I am going to take a peek around!

    PS-My sister cannot run outside. She loves running (on a treadmill)
    but when she goes outside her breathing is all messed up. Any idea why
    (other than humidity)?

    • Amy Bailey

      Anita, while I totally relate to your sister, I’m not 100% why this happens. I’m doing some research about this, actually, and plan to write a future blog post about it. I’ll let you know what I find!! 🙂

  • Josh Staheli

    Hey Amy! Tell Mark I said hi,
    For some reason your blog keeps showing up in the top of my feed.
    I’ve put a lot of thought into gym running vs street running. this is what I have come up with:
    The ground outside doesn’t move underneath you while you bounce up and down. You have to propel yourself forward through space which brings into account all kinds of things like wind resistance, grade etc.
    I all ways find it physically harder to run outside but the distractions of the things around me plus podcasts lesson the pain. Running inside bores me to death.

    • Amy Bailey

      Heeeey Josh!
      I love your points– you are SO right! I like what you said about having to work to propel yourself forward and I think this actually has the most to do with why it’s so much harder to do street running. I’m more in the camp that treadmill running may be a slow form of torture…but to each, his own!
      Thanks for chiming in! I love it!

      I’ll tell Mark that you sad hi!

  • Debbie Gallardo

    Working out at the beach is my therapy! I do a total of five miles almost everyday and running has helped me recently lose 30 lbs. I can’t wait to get out there at the end of my day to clear my head and think! I’m 51 and never been in better shape!

    And, be proud of your blog! I was one of the first to follow here and you introduced me to the word “paleo”. I googled it and shocked to find out how bad I was eating. I now try my hardest to stay on a paleo plan (except for Diet Pepsi) and know that it was one of the main reasons why I’ve dropped from a size 12 to a 4, am never sluggish or tired, AND my skin has never looked healthier! I do have my “Falter Friday” where I indulge in a naughty treat, but for the most part I’m living the Caveman live!

    I do need help though with the one thing I cannot give up. My addiction to Diet Pepsi. A blog on how to kick our food vices would be awesome!

    Keep up the great work – as always I’m proud of both you and Mark! I bet he’ll do the “Debbie” voice when he reads this!



    • Amy Bailey

      WOW! WOW! WOW! Go Debbie!!!!! Isn’t it so rewarding to be a (mostly) cavewoman!???! I love it!!

      I’m in the works of a “vice” post. I, by absolutely no means, have any right to write any sort of giving-up-a-food success story, but I do have some ideas on how to deal with it all and how to mentally approach it.

      Be on the look out…I’ll be posting about this soon!

      I am beyond happy to hear such positive feedback from you! Please keep the post idea and health updates coming!!! You’re amazing!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂