Challenge Forum: How fast do you run?

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shaz7140

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Posted: 18 Apr 2013, 14:56
I've learned a valuable lesson today... Run slower.

I am on week 5 of the Couch 2 5k plan. The most I have run before, in one go, was 5 minutes, and it nearly killed me. Today I had to run 2 lots of 8 minutes. The thought of it made me feel sick, I got to 3 minutes and nearly gave in. What I did instead was reduce my speed by 0.5 km and it felt brilliant. I managed to do both lots of 8 minutes with no problem, although I still sweated, and I could have gone on longer. On Saturday I have to do 20 mins running in one go, and I can't wait.

I just wondered for anyone else running on a treadmill what speed to you do?

Before I was doing my fast walking as 6 km/h but now I do 5.5 km/h, and the running was 7 km/h but from now on I am doing 6.5 km/h. I would rather go slower, but for longer. I can always increase the speed as I get fitter.

I would love to know how everyone else is getting on Smile


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Krhfy6

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Posted: 18 Apr 2013, 16:09
I'm not running on a treadmill, but that is my attitude too... I'm only on week one, but before the challenge started, I started doing mini run walks to prepare for week 1. I quickly realized that it's not about speed, it is about distance, and because I run at a slightly slower speed right now but don't feel like I'm going to die at the end, I usually do an extra lap to make up for the distance I was probably supposed to go, just doing it at a comfortable speed for me. By your point in the program I would worry more about going that full 3/4 of a mile not at how long it takes you.
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paulag1955

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Posted: 18 Apr 2013, 19:05
I am doing my running just a bit slower than you, 4.2 mph. There's a bottom limit to just how slow a person can run, and I think I'm pushing it.
shaz7140

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Posted: 18 Apr 2013, 23:57
Thank you, that is helpful. The programme I've got says to run as slow as you can for the whole 9 weeks then once you've done all of it you can then build up your speed. It says if you can run any slower then you are going too fast, but then it is just for beginners like me. It's really good as well because it tells you how many minutes to walk, then run, walk, and run again. Really enjoyed it yesterday once I had slowed down.

To be honest though, each time this week the programme is 30 mins and my treadmill tells me my calories, and running slower was only 8 calories less than when i run a bit quicker. In 4 weeks I have basically got to run a full 30 mins and at 6.5 I think I can do I, but at 7 I don't think I can. Like I say I will build up speed after.

It's about trying to get fit rather than trying to kill ourselves isn't it !! Smile


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shaz7140

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Posted: 19 Apr 2013, 00:03
http://www.c25k.com/c25k_treadmill.html

I don't know if this is helpful to anyone, but this is the programme I am using to train for 5k. I am a complete beginner and I've managed to get to week 5. It says on there about going as slow as you can.


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