To Run Inside or Out?

Yesterday’s run was rough! I was excited to hit the pavement in the sunshine yesterday, but it was not as easy as my indoor run on the treadmill Sunday morning. My time was great on Sunday, and I spent most of the 32 minute run at a speed of about 9.3 minutes per mile! I was super excited about it and ran a 5k distance in 32 minutes (with a 2 min warm-up) and felt great afterwards!

On my run yesterday it felt like my time was going to be so much longer than my Sunday run. It actually turns out that I was only a couple of minutes longer for the same distance as Sunday, only super exhausted afterwards.

It got me thinking during my run, what could make a difference in your daily run, whether it be inside or outside, and I came up with some possible reasons:

1. Weather Running Conditions; Heat: Running inside, in the air conditioning can definitely make a difference in your endurance. For me, I start off pretty cool, indoors, and it takes a good 10 minutes for me to break a sweat. Outside, especially in Florida, you have the heat factor. I waited until about 6:30 pm to let it cool down a little bit outside, but the sun was still strong and I could feel a sweat coming on within the first 5 minutes.

2. Weather Running Conditions; Wind: Ok, so if the heat wasn’t bad enough, the wind was worse! It was so windy out that I could feel my body working harder and pushing forward with each step! This is never a factor when running indoors on a treadmill! I felt like I was running against the wind my entire run! Whenever I am in my spin class, the instructor always tells us to imagine the wind pushing against you, as we increase resistance on the bike, and I always sweat a ton during that segment of the class! The wind on my run yesterday was a huge factor in my workout and made my workout so much harder.

My Weather Conditions

3. Time of Day:  Another factor that affected my run yesterday was the time of day. I went running later in the day, after a full 8 and a half hours of work, so I was already tired. On Sunday, I went for my run first thing in the morning. I think that has a lot to do with how much energy you have and can exert during your run.  I was reading an article on weight lifting and cardio, and which one to do first. The article was saying that it’s best to weight lift before cardio because you have the most energy then and can lift heavier weight, therefore maximizing your strength training. I have read the benefits of both ways, however, and have found that it’s personal preference and depends on what you are trying to accomplish, but I thought that was interesting how your energy levels and timing have an impact on how good your workout will be.

I am usually good with running on the treadmill, but sometimes I like the scenery of a nice outdoor jog. I enjoy switching it up and I always like to go for a jog when I am on vacation near the water becuase it makes the run more like a tour of the beautiful area than like a workout!

Anyways, I thought I would share my philosophy on running indoors and outdoors!

Where do you like to run more?

Do you fee a difference when you run inside on the treadmill verses outside on the pavement? 

6 Comments on To Run Inside or Out?

  1. TestingTrueChange
    May 5, 2011 at 2:45 am (7 years ago)

    Personally, I prefer to run outdoors as I get too bored inside. But I do understand the issues of time, if you are going for timing, a controlled environment is probably be better. Keep up the great work!

    • Jane
      May 5, 2011 at 12:43 pm (7 years ago)

      I agree about getting bored inside, quickly. I always like to switch it up, because running on the treadmill all the time does get tedious. Doing intervals on the treadmill does help, though! Sometimes I like to add sprints, or walking on an incline to help keep my interest! Thanks for the comment! :)

  2. BML
    May 5, 2011 at 2:47 am (7 years ago)

    I’m strictly an outdoor runner, I enjoy seeing the outdoors and different people pass by. The big negative to outdoors is facing a long incline against a breeze. And treadmills? I just can’t run on one. I’m the type where I have to be going somewhere, I’ve also been bucked off once or twice not paying attention and getting lost in all the buttons they have on em. Maybe I’ll have to give them another go!

    • Jane
      May 5, 2011 at 12:45 pm (7 years ago)

      I love watching people while I run! Especially when I run after work (I work on Disney property, so there is always people) I like to imagine myself in a race and when I pass people, it gives me a little boost of energy! :)

  3. Dad
    May 5, 2011 at 4:19 am (7 years ago)

    You gave away my lettuce wrap recipe, but that’s OK. :)
    Might have added that chopped onion is an extra special addition. Plus I like garlic in the chicken stir fry.
    Looked yummy.

    • Jane
      May 5, 2011 at 12:46 pm (7 years ago)

      Sorry, Dad! I just thought people should be able to enjoy how delicious it is! This recipe if amazing and it is all because of you! :)


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