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8/13/13 7:06 P

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Thanks everybody! I think I'm going to stick with running 5Ks, and walking the events I'm already committed to (A 15K and the Half marathon.) I really enjoy the 5K distance, and I think I'm just going to run them with no expectations -- just running for fun, and MAYBE trying to push the time a few seconds each run.

Something in my head tells me to take this slowly -- that I have the rest of my life to do this and enjoy it. So, I'm sticking with that feeling. I'd love to be able to run a marathon -- and I know I will.Eventually. I don't have anything to prove to anybody and no particular goal of being a "racer" even though I'm competitive. I can compete with myself and still feel like a winner.

Thanks!!!

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8/13/13 6:19 P

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Why not just enjoy 5ks for a year or so before you start worrying about a half. Run a few 10ks. Maybe a couple of trail 5ks or 10ks. I find that the effort for a trail race is about double the distance of the same road race. A trail 5k is as hard (not as long in time) as a 10k. A 10k is as hard as a Half Marathon. So run some 10ks then a trail 10k, just to get the flavor.

Start by doing what is necessary, then do what is possible and suddenly you will be doing the impossible -- St Francis of Assisi

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8/13/13 9:19 A

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I'm no running pro....but maybe you can do the 5K run twice a week and do a slightly longer run on one of your days off? Gradually make the long run longer.

If you don't like the road you're walking, start paving another one!

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8/12/13 7:15 P

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Do what you feel comfortable with. I've read alot of articles and there are pros and cons with each. I went the endurance route and knocked off 5 min. from my 5k time from last yr. I've added some intervals now, but I don't push it. I'm 53 and have only been running for 1 yr. I used to run in my 20's though. I run 10 miles comfortably now too and will be training for my first half. Good Luck at whatever you decide.

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8/12/13 7:07 P

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Do what you feel comfortable with. I've read alot of articles and there are pros and cons with each. I went the endurance route and knocked off 5 min. from my 5k time from last yr. I've added some intervals now, but I don't push it. I'm 53 and have only been running for 1 yr. I used to run in my 20's though. I run 10 miles comfortably now too and will be training for my first half. Good Luck at whatever you decide.

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8/12/13 12:27 P

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I don't really agree that increasing speed increases injury. There is less time on your feet running distances faster than plodding away longer. Typically form is better if your feet are moving faster.

\Anything will increase injury if not done correctly. Too much speed or distance too soon.

But to each their own... everyone is different.



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SMILES_CAN_DO Posts: 487
8/12/13 12:01 P

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Great job AMANDANCES!!

I started running when I was 48, this year I turned 50. I ran a half marathon last summer. I spoke to my doctor once about my running and told him I'd like to work on my speed. He said, don't do it because that's how people start to injure themselves. He said it doesn't matter how fast you go, it's just that you're out there doing it. It took a load of my shoulders and I'm happy just running- at my own speed. I have increased my speed just because I'm getting better and more comfortable, and I haven't had an injury- (knock-on-wood). Good luck and have fun out there!!!

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8/12/13 11:11 A

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Just keep them things you enjoy. If you enjoy adding distance slowly, then do that. If you enjoy adding more speedwork, do that. If you find you are better at running longer or shorter, that might help you decide as well.



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AMANDANCES's Photo AMANDANCES Posts: 2,003
8/12/13 10:50 A

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I think I'd like to speed up my 5K times, since there are several of those I can still run this summer and fall. I'm walking all the other endurance events this year, so maybe next year I can work on distance running.

I'm so new to this, I'm not sure what goals to actually have, if that makes any sense.

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8/12/13 10:41 A

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Either is possible. Do you prefer running longer, or faster? What would you prefer your goals to be, to finish better, or just to finish? It's really up to you.



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AMANDANCES's Photo AMANDANCES Posts: 2,003
8/12/13 10:04 A

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I started running with the Couch to 5K app, and now that I've completed that and done my first 5K, I'm not sure where to go next with my training. (I intend to run a bunch more 5Ks this summer and fall, and I'm walking our city's Half Marathon in October.)

Should I just continue trying to run 3.1 miles three times a week and try to work on my speed? Or should I try to add some distance? I'd like to start a 10K running training program, but I didn't want to do too much too quickly and get injured. I'm 42 and only started running 9 weeks ago, although I'm a dancer by trade and have reasonably good cardiorespiratory fitness.

I'm walking the Half-Marathon and have been doing the walking training after my C25K running. I'd LOVE to be able to run some of the Half, but my goal is just to walk it and finish it. The distance walking is a lot of work, so I want to be conservative when it comes to more running training. I'd rather go slow and stay healthy rather than risk getting injured because of impatience, you know?

Suggestions? THANKS in advance!



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