Spring is upon us, and with spring comes warmer weather (most of the time). After this winter, most people suffer cabin fever and want to get out and run.
The first thing to remember is to take it slow at first. When you start running outside, gradually start with a short mid-week run and see how your body feels the day after. Being sore is normal because treadmills are more forgiving on your legs, and you use different muscles in your legs for outdoor running. Find a dirt path or trails to run on or a soft, forgiving surface when you start running outdoors.
Weather during spring can be unpredictable. Make sure that the tread on your shoes are able to handle slick and wet conditions of roads and sidewalks.
Unless you have been cranking it up on the incline over the winter, taking on hills will be a challenge. It's best to slowly work your way up to large hills. While you may have been running at a nine minute mile on the treadmill, it doesn't mean you are guaranteed to run that on the road, learn to pace yourself on your runs outside.
Our last tip is to make sure that you have the proper shoes for whatever you are training for. Make sure that support is given to your ankles and it is a snug comfortable fit. Running shoes should also be replaced every 400-500 miles.
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