Wow, half marathons:) One day I hope to run in those too. But right now my goal is set on the 5K. The farthest I have ever run at one time was 5 miles. I didn't feel more tired or winded when I was done running 5 miles versus 3.2 miles. It just took about 30 minutes longer. I am so looking forward to warmer weather and the time change so there are more daylight hours in the evening for running.
I run at about the same pace that you do and also want to be faster. My body is saying no, right now but who knows what the future holds? I am willing myself to keep running and build that fitness base.
I may be slow, but I have run two half-marathons. That's more than the average person could, or would do.
Thanks for all the encouragement:) It is just what I needed. I do remember that when I first started getting up and getting out that I would walk a short distance and then try to run a certain distance. So now I just need to transfer that thinking to the faster pace.
And I have gone to the web to locate 5K's in my area, so I know which one I want to run in. I want to try to find 5k's that support causes that I believe in, so I know that I am also "running for causes."
You are off to a great start!! I'll echo what PP said... you will run faster on race day. It just happens. There will be someone you leap-frog with or someone that you try to catch... and it will keep you going more and faster than you imagined you could. (That's part of what makes racing so much fun - at least for me!)
I've also been working on my speed (though I started running almost 2 years ago now - WOW!). I've started the C25K program again and used it to push myself to faster speeds. I'm excited for the snow to melt so I can get out and do some races and see how much it's helped!
Sign up for that 5K - and if your time is 43 minutes, be happy that you completed it. Don't let your time hold you back from signing up and running - especially if you're enjoying it!
I echo what was said below. Don't worry about speed until you have a solid base of 6 months or more. And you will find that you get naturally faster without intentionally doing speedwork.
But once you are ready to start adding in runs to increase speed, I love Fartleks. It's a funny word...but basically what it means is "speed play" in Swedish. So in other words, having fun while running fast! It doesn't take any slick measurements or fancy equipment either. You basically pick a spot in the distance...fairly close...and then RUN to it. Then jog for a bit to recover and pick a new spot and repeat. Start by doing that for about 20 minutes gradually working up to 30-45 minutes. The main thing is to just run for short bursts at varying speeds. One time you might go all out, the next you might do a brisk pace just above a jog, etc. There really aren't any rules to it!!! And that's what is awesome about it...
At any rate - congrats on becoming a runner and best wishes on your continued growth!
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Give yourself some time to get a base of running under you before you worry too much about speed. For sure, I recommend six months of basic running (but happier with a year) before adding speed workouts.
When you attend a race, you get caught up in all the excitement. You will very likely be faster without even thinking about it, just due to the race atmosphere. And as time goes by, you will find yourself getting naturally faster as your body starts to figure out what's going on!
I am excited to find this group since I have always wanted to be what they call a "runner." I remember many years ago my older brother and sister being involved and running in different 5K and 10 K races. I always wanted to race too, but never thought that I could compete with them. I have finally reached the point (after about 20 years) that I need to quit worrying about what others are doing and just start doing for myself. So how does one improve their running time? Right now I can run my 3.2 miles in about 45 minutes. I have been at this pace for about 3 months. My goal is to race in my first 5K in the next month or so, but I didn't really want to do it if I couldn't improve my time.
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