Are any of my readers runners? I like to refer to myself as a fair weather runner. I ran a half marathon many moons ago (and have NO plans to do a full). I will do a couple miles here and there on the treadmill and plan to take it back outside once it gets warm enough in Michigan (today is soooo not the day!! 45 degrees and wind gusts to 30MPH! AGH!!). So, today's run was on the treadmill. I only can stomach about 3 miles on the treadmill. I prefer to have great music and cover the display and go. If you are a runner, you know the treadmill is easier than running outside. Running outside is more exciting though, different scenery and that rush of accomplishment that I don't get on the treadmill. To help you transition from the treadmill to outside running, be sure to set the incline to 1.0. This is more similar to outdoors. It will also help to boost your calories.
Doing a road race is a great goal to train for. There are many programs to get you started from walking to running 3+ miles. The Couch to 5K program is one of my favorites. It is a slow transition to get you moving. In Michigan, runmichigan.com has a lot of events. Many of the runs are for charity. I am thinking of doing the Susan G. Komen Race for Cure. Is anyone doing any 5K's or 10K's anytime soon?