I have asked my (prior) PCP & he said there was no reason for it. I had a stress test & EKG's within the past year & they were normal. I also take a multivitamin everyday. I do have an appt with my new PCP on 11/9 & I will ask him about it then. I am sure he will want to do labs so I will mention that to him. Thanks for the tip.
i saw on your home page that you had surgery in May. have you checked with your doctor--surgeon or primary care--to see if there's some reason your heart rate goes so high, like some vitamin or electrolyte missing from your diet after surgery, not just lack of conditioning? if you're very overweight, it will take time to get fit, just like it took time to get un-fit. if you have to do the C25K several times, so be it. you'll still be making progress and doing something great for yourself. be proud of you for being out there--you'll be a runner before you know it!
Let's put "slow" into perspective, since it's all relative...
Unless you're preparing for a race, pace doesn't matter. If you ARE preparing for a race, you need to understand what the race coordinators set as the maximum finish time allowed.
At most half marathons I've participated in, the maximum finish time is 4 hours. That's an 18/M (18-minute mile) pace, or 3.2 miles/hour.
At most marathons I've participated in, the maximum finish time is 7 hours, which works out to 16/M, or 3.7 miles/hour.
So, for the sake of discussion, let's say that 3 mph is "slow" for a distance event.
I train my half marathon participants based on 15/M = 4 mph. Even though some might start out slower than that, most do improve from as slow as 20/M to 15/M; and those who start out at 15/M improve their pace to the point at which they can walk/run 13.1 miles.
Therefore, 4 mph is good (15/M), 5 mph is very good (12/M), 5.5 mph (10:54/M) is really good, 6 mph (10/M) is awesome. Anything faster than that, and you have to be running (or be a race walker). I know a seasoned marathoner who can walk at 10/M - that's really hard to do!
Now, let's say you're doing a 5K (3.1 miles), and you finish in 40-45 mins - pretty good (12-14/M). But, if it takes you 1 hr to finish the 5K, you're at 19/M, which would be too slow for a 4 hr half marathon maximum finish time.
Let's look at a 10K (6.2 miles), and you finish in 60 mins = 9.40/M 1h 15 mins (1:15:00) = 12/M 1h 30 min (1:30:00) = 14/M It would take another 3-4 minutes to finish at 15/M
It takes time, strength and endurance to train for faster times, and you should work with a coach. Trying to do this on your own can lead to overuse and over-training injuries, which would be most discouraging.
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4.0 mph is a jog for me, so I have you beat, lol. I walk around 3.3-3.5 mph and "run" at about 4.5 mph. As long as you're moving, that's all that matters, right? And from what I've heard here, as long as technically both feet are off the ground, it's running, lol, even if there are people passing me while walking. :)
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I am new to the team but have been reading back through alot of post. Several of them say "I'm the slowest runner, ever".....well I have all of them beat, or the ones I read. I started c25k 3 weeks ago. I walk 4.0-4.1 mph on the treadmill however when I go to run at that rate my HR goes thru the roof. I have to drop down to 3.3 mph in order to keep my HR in the range that it should be (within 85%).
I start week 4 of C25K tomorrow. I am enjoying it so much, even though I am slower than anyone I have seen or read about on here. Like one lady said, I feel more like I am trotting. I have a short stride & I am working on my breathing. However, I do feel accomplished when I am done and feel like I am pushing myself b/c it isn't easy but its doable.
Do you think I am on the right track or I am just tooooo slow? I REALLY want to be a runner.
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