I used to run in the gym but never improved much. However after going vegan I seemed to have more energy and enthusiam for running and my recovery time was much better. So I've just started running outside this month - my first run was 6.6 miles and I'm doing a 5K run this weekend.
I usually make some recovery pudding immediately after my run (from Thrive).
I miss running! I've had ongoing tendonitis and I can't really run at all. However all runners must be sure to stay clear of cement and asphalt,those surfaces are particularly jarring to your bones.That's how I got tendonitis in the first place ! :-( run for me!
I've only done two outdoor runs on a gravel trail so far, so I'm not talking from experience. But from what I have read your body adapts to the stress of running by building stronger bones, muscles, joints and tendons. So whilst overtraining and injury are a risk your body should eventually be able to handle the stress of road running. The problem is whilst you can build muscle fairly quickly some of the other changes occur over many months. So yes - be careful of hard running surfaces and try not to overtrain.
I have been cheat running-running in place while watching a movie for an hour-3 or 4 days a week.I haven't had any tendonitis issues,but today have a bad cramp so have been drinking coconut water.I can't run on the asphalt,cement,etc in fear of the tendonitis returning,so this is all I can do.I missssss it!