Today was a pretty nice day for February in Michigan so the second Katie got home from work i threw on my running shoes and away i went.
Let me be the millionth person to say that running on a treadmill IS NOT the same as running outside. Even with an incline. It just takes different muscles and more foot control to run outside.
That being said, the treadmill runs with an incline DID equate to the same mileage outdoors. In fact i did a little bit better outdoors today than i have been doing on the treadmill. I pulled off 8 miles today!
The first mile was basically hell...i couldnt find my stride and i felt like i was pounding the pavement with every step. Somewhere around 2 1/2 miles a song came on with a beat i knew how to pace from the treadmill and i realized i was trying to run way too fast and that was half my problem. After that it was smooth sailing, even the full mile uphill i did! well...untill that last mile, my knees were KILLING me by the end of the run and my legs are very sore at the moment. I think its time for some new shoes!
But i am happy with my run today, its a new best for my training...one step closer!