Congratulation SQUIDARTPARTY! I was doing some running then had a stroke 5 months ago with a brain bleed. I see people running and am so jealous of them. I'm just walking now and not as well as I did but my dr says it can take a year to get everything back I will get and so I am hopeful with time I will be running again too. I didn't start till I was 55, and I'm not fast but do want to run again. So I'm really happy for me and want to see you be all you can be!
Congrats on your weight loss and running!! I too had some breathing problems in the beginning but I found working a program is best for me. I downloaded the App "Ease Into 5K". It's an 8 week program with a couple of extras, like if you don't feel you're ready to move up at week 7, it has a supplement (like week 7.5). It worked wonders for me. As for your pace...I run at a 11-12 min mile. I would NEVER be able to run a 10 minute mile and you know what? I'm okay with that . For me, the fact that I am out there and I am a runner is !! Good luck to you.
Valerie "Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal"~Henry Ford
Bwahahaha, of course we all do that!! Going out too fast at the beginning and regretting it later. That is still a goal of mine, to actually NOT get swept up with the faster crowd at the start line.
I read somewhere that when you start running, either your legs or your lungs will be better at it and it takes some time to catch the other up. Sounds like your legs are ready to roll, and your lungs are saying not yet.
My best advise, is to take a week's training, and try to slow down your pace, say to 12 minute miles. The slower pace will help with the lungs, and that will help you go farther at a time (if your goal is to run the 5k without walking any of it).
I know everybody hates to run slower, so just give it one week and see if it makes a difference with your distance. You can always speed it up again the following week, but I think you'll be pleasantly surprised at how far you will be able to go once you slow it down.
thank you 4everadonegirl, I think you are right about the pace thing.
I was thinking that having a pace to aim for would help, and motivate me, but at this point I think it could also be quite frustrating if I aim too high and cannot do it.
I guess though, I am just curious as to whether it's aiming too high to go from 10 min/mile now to around 7 min/mile in 5 months? haha.
When I was a kid, I could always run really fast if it was short distances (like yard dashes, running bases in softball, etc), but then when we had to run a mile I suffered (mostly with breathing, again) so for me it's really cool that I'm finally conquering my fears of running for longer distances, but the desire to be speedy is also there...that and I can be competitive.
A thought has actually crossed my mind that even if I train properly leading up to the race, I may get over confident and excited by passing people at first at the race, or try to run as fast as I possibly can instead of pacing myself...and I'd probably collapse after that, or something else bad would happen... Does that sound weird or is it something anyone else struggles with?
Welcome back and way to go on your weight loss AND running! Sounds like you have been doing great!
As far as average pace, I think that is a really subjective conversation. Even if you were the exact same size as another person it doesn't mean that you would run even close to the same pace! Each person is so vastly different. I think the better gauge is that you are seeing improvements, you have a goal and are working towards it, and you are running consistently.
I would just say that you should continue to train and then run the race, celebrate the accomplishment, and enjoy a new PR because it's your first 5k! And then you have a baseline and can see about improving it on the NEXT one. Because no matter what - your running journey is YOUR running journey and nobody else's. :-)
One last thing - I found that when I started using a 3/2 breathing pattern that is outlined in the book "Running on Air" that was shared in a Runner's World magazine (so it is actually on their webpage - here is a great article on it: www.runnersworld.com/tag/breathing ) that my breathing greatly improved. It's a little hard to get in a rhythm when you first start out, but once you practice consistently it does become habit.
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I started running last August or so, about 5 months into my weight loss journey...I have lost about 70 pounds in a year from April 28. Running really helped I think.
I started out using an interval training app called "get running" but it was a bit too difficult for me, and I eventually decided to do more intuitive intervals myself. I usually run a quarter of a mile, walk a bit, and then run, alternating between the two as I listen to how I'm feeling.
I have a lot of trouble breathing while running, that's my main obstacle.
I have registered for a 5k race in August and would like to complete it without needing any sort of break to walk or stop...I am trying to figure out a good way to train, I have about 5 months to do so.
I want to do a good time for that but don't know what's a realistic goal. Today I was able, with all running but taking 1-5 minute breaks where I wasn't actually doing anything but drinking water, blowing my nose, or trying to recover my breath, to run the 5k distance with an average pace of 10 min/mile. I keep seeing huge improvements in my pace lately, and somewhat with my endurance. Anyone have any advice about what'd be a realistic goal for a pace in 5 months? I'm about to turn 30 years old and am 5'3, if that makes a difference?
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