Is there an ideal running scenario for me?

I am happy you’ve come back to LWFY to continue building your knowledge base, while gaining that oh so important motivation and inspiration to move forward another day.  We are so lucky to be able to use our hearts, our bodies, and our minds freely and without hesitation.  The simple fact that you are here reading these words means you are in the right place at the right time in your life.

So I know that a lot of you who are exploring weight loss are most prepared to start exercising by way of walking, jogging, or even running.  Why not?  It’s free, it’s without hassle, and you can do it whenever or wherever you want.  Truth be told, personally I am not a big fan of traditional distance running.  (Yes, I’m aware of the many cardiovascular and calorie burning benefits, but I know what I like and running ain’t my thang.)  Most of my running comes from taking part in an exercise class where running from station to station is usually part of the workout. I am down for the jog, but when I do jog it’s short and sweet, and it’s usually just to get me across the street real quick when dodging an oncoming car.

Now if running is for you, then I think that’s really great.  Running can bring so many benefits to your health, it’s efficient and yields a high calorie burn.  Just like there are differences when it comes to indoor vs. outdoor cycling (which is my thang), indoor vs. outdoor running also have differences.  When I get asked “Bobby, is it better to go for a run outside or on a treadmill,” my first response is, “Why the hell would you want to go for a run?” (J/K!) My real first response is that you’re kicking ass by getting out there and running, no matter how or where you do it! My second response is that running on a treadmill is easier than running outside.  One reason running on a treadmill is easier is because the belt under your feet is moving, which is helping propel your stride.  When you run outside, the ground is not whizzing by underneath your feet.  Your body mechanics are pushing you along for that next step, which is a harder task and requires more effort. Treadmill running is also easier on the joints because the platform of the treadmill has “give.” This means when your feet make contact with the belt, the platform underneath absorbs impact.  On the other hand, when you go for a run outside on the concrete, brick or other hard surface, there isn’t any of that “give,” so your joints are absorbing all the impact.

If you are committed to your runs while wanting to gain speed and endurance, then it’s a good idea to do a combination of indoor and outdoor running.  When it comes to the treadmill runs, you can go for intervals by giving yourself bursts of increased speed, then slowing back down to a normal pace.  Do this for 2-3 days a week.  I would go for a couple shorter outdoor runs on the alternate days, while leaving one day for a long distance run.  Incorporate some kind of cross-training into your routine, you always want to keep mixing things up.  Building strength and strong core muscles are key to proper body alignment, posture, and all around good physical capabilities.  Remember to always take a day off, recovery is just as important as any other component to fitness, no matter what the exercise routine.

Let me know how it goes, and don’t forget to share your story, your progress, and your “before and after” pics on my website.  LWFY is here to inspire, motivate, and support you along the way. I hope this helps, now get going and keep up the good work!