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Should I be inclined to Incline?

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Hello all.

 

I'm totally new to all of this, was truly a couch potato. Now I've begun week 6. (hurray!)  I run in the early mornings. Since I live in the country, I'm hesitant to do my runs on the road. The lighting is bad and sometimes the drivers are worse. I drive to the local high school and use their track. Without inclines. 

 

Will this hurt me when I finally get to run my first 5K? There is a park nearby with a running track complete with a couple of slopes, but it won't be very well lit and the cracks in the asphalt are horrendous, an accident waiting to happen.  Thoughts?

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It wont hurt as much as you think as long as the inclines aren't ridiculous haha it'll be different if there are inclines but if you take them slow you should be ok.

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@Wanda, I want you to be safe. Could you go to the park on the weekend in the daytime to run? That way you could see the cracks in the sidewalk and it'll be well lit. Running on the track for your weekday runs are fine. My body really, really notices inclines. Even the slightest tilt sends my calves screaming. I've been training on asphalt because it strengthens my muscles in a way a treadmill cannot (even with incline).

 

If you can't make it to the park in the daylight, I do NOT suggest running on the country road. That sounds very dangerous!

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I hear running outside is easier mentally, harder physically. I am still to do my first outside run. On the treadmill make sure you have at least a couple of degrees gradient (no wind resistance inside) and train at various gradients in one session. I set mine to do a "course" or "random gradient".

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Hello all.

 

I'm totally new to all of this, was truly a couch potato. Now I've begun week 6. (hurray!)  I run in the early mornings. Since I live in the country, I'm hesitant to do my runs on the road. The lighting is bad and sometimes the drivers are worse. I drive to the local high school and use their track. Without inclines. 

 

Will this hurt me when I finally get to run my first 5K? There is a park nearby with a running track complete with a couple of slopes, but it won't be very well lit and the cracks in the asphalt are horrendous, an accident waiting to happen.  Thoughts?

I think running on Road is better and healthy way instead of treadmill.. I suggest you to complete your running process on Road , park , or outside .. it will benefit you more .. the excuses you are giving of not doing so are not genuine as there is not always rush on roads . as Road and parks are almost empty in the Morning times . Hope it helps  

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I think running on Road is better and healthy way instead of treadmill.. I suggest you to complete your running process on Road , park , or outside .. it will benefit you more .. the excuses you are giving of not doing so are not genuine as there is not always rush on roads . as Road and parks are almost empty in the Morning times . Hope it helps  

 

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I think running on Road is better and healthy way instead of treadmill.. I suggest you to complete your running process on Road , park , or outside .. it will benefit you more .. the excuses you are giving of not doing so are not genuine as there is not always rush on roads . as Road and parks are almost empty in the Morning times . Hope it helps  

Wow, that is kind of rude to assume that you know what the roads and parks are in her area(not to mention country roads come with an entire host of other issues such as ranch dogs, tractor equipment, cattle crossings and if you have ever driven over a cattle crossing, then you would know that getting across one on foot can be a significant danger) and dismiss her concerns as "excuses". 

 

My area is a highly trafficked area at all times of the day and night due to the fact that I am literally a block from the new highway and a highly busy residential area(my house was built in 1930, long before the highway arrived but now it makes my street a thoroughfare) and the parks here are filled with either early morning mommy & me playgroups or homeless people and transients(as the railroad tracks run right through my town also).  I would never presume that someone's concerns are irrelevant based on what my area is.  

 

I run at the gym, on the treadmill and when the weather is decent, I run at the track outside at the gym or at the local high school.  Having suffered through several severe sprains on my left ankle, I am very conscious of the type of surface I run on and/or the detritus on the surface(lots of oak trees in my area, lots of oak balls, roots through sidewalks, leaves etc).  I have incorporated hikes(weather permitting) to get in my hill work even though I am not "running" them per se, I am at least getting the hill work in.  Good luck!  I am on Week 3 this week and have my first 5k scheduled for May 1st!

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