Fitness Minutes: (14,252)
9,691 6/27/13 10:47 A
It REALLY depends on you. For me, running at 4-4.5 MPH feels bizarre; that's a walking speed for me. However, my friend who is much shorter is running comfortably there. For me to actually run, I need to be at around 5 MPH to be comfortable.
Experiment with what works for you. What matters isn't what speed you're going, but that you're running (both feet leaving the ground at one time.) Your speed may be painfully slow for someone else, but that doesn't mean that you aren't getting a workout.
Heather Writer, mother, wife, and breadwinner. I love to run, but running doesn't love me, so I'm switching to my low-impact bike.
I agree with Zorbs. The "right" speed is going to vary from person to person. I'm naturally not a fast runner, so someone who is might be able to go faster even if I'm in better shape. The Talk Test she describes below is the best way to know the right pace for you.
"You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing that we call "failure" is not the falling down but the staying down." Mary Pickford
"No matter how slow you go, you are still lapping everybody on the couch."
Fitness Minutes: (119,356)
6/27/13 7:28 A
The pace should always feel easy and you should be able to carry on a conversation.
"Sometimes the moments that challenge us the most, define us." - Deena Kastor
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