Author: Sorting Last Post on Top ↓ Message:
PLANTAGO's Photo PLANTAGO SparkPoints: (18,502)
Fitness Minutes: (23,880)
Posts: 2,107
11/2/12 3:06 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I am a very slow runner! I don't compete with anybody, even with myself. I probably won't be running any faster, because my left foot doesn't have full mobility (an old injury) and I just don't want to push myself off limits. Running is somehow spiritual for me and I try to enjoy every minute of it.

 Pounds lost: 0.0 
 
0
7
14
21
28
LINDAKAY228's Photo LINDAKAY228 Posts: 18,056
10/31/12 11:35 A

Community Team Member

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I am definitely a slow running and don't worry much about the time. I just work on increasing my distance, even just a little bit, every couple of weeks and getting out there and just doing it because I can. It's something I never thought I would do so now that I can I just focus on that and be grateful that I can run.

Linda

Last is just the slowest winner."-C Hunter Boyd







Total SparkPoints: 235,874
 
200,000
212,499
224,999
237,499
249,999
SparkPoints Level 22
VALERIE_'s Photo VALERIE_ Posts: 991
10/31/12 8:08 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Me-me-me!! I'm a slow runner and I've been running for a couple of years now. I got my husband and daughter into running and I'm slower than both of them. I try not to think or focus on my time and concentrate on distance. You're doing great!!

Valerie
"Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal"~Henry Ford


 Pounds lost: 0.0 
 
0
6.25
12.5
18.75
25
CASSIOEPIA's Photo CASSIOEPIA Posts: 18,080
10/30/12 10:06 P

Community Team Member

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
For the first year, your focus should just be on getting your body used to the act of running. You are getting stronger each run, even if your times are not improving. Speed work should not be done in the first six months for sure, a year is even better.

If you work on increasing your distance, you will notice that on your shorter runs you will start to be faster, even if you aren't trying.

There is nothing wrong with endurance over speed - enjoy your slow runs!

Judi
Saskatchewan, Canada


 December Minutes: 438
 
0
250
500
750
1000
SEABREEZE65's Photo SEABREEZE65 Posts: 10,954
10/30/12 6:39 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Endurance is a very, very important ingredient of a strong runner.
Building endurance wisely takes time and patience.

Being speedy is not the #1 priority, especially when first beginning.

Even after several years I am not very fast and the same thoughts keep popping into my mind.
Maybe I should just stop worrying about pace and just enjoy the miles.



"It's not how old you are, it's how you are old."

"I am still learning." Michelangelo




 December Minutes: 750
 
0
375
750
1125
1500
SUSANNAH's Photo SUSANNAH Posts: 2,277
10/30/12 4:59 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I've been running for about 5 years now, and when I first started I was just like you. It was really hard for me, because I motivated a few friends and family members to start running too...and they were all faster than me. SOOO, I decided I'd just run for distance. I was pretty pumped up when I ran my first half marathon! It wasn't fast, but who cares, right?

I've noticed I've sped up and slowed down over the years too. I ran a full marathon 2 years after I started running, and I ran that race at a pace almost 1 minute FASTER than my first half marathon pace!! But, I've also ran 5Ks recently slower than my first races...so much goes into each run that changing any one variable can greatly affect the outcome.

My advice, just give it time, and find what motivates you to just keep going at it. Its easy to get wrapped up in pace, but those who enjoy it for the sheer act of it, will stick with it a lot longer!

Patience and Fortitude - Mom

There ain't a thing I've faced that's been too much for me - Classified "Inner Ninja"


4EVERADONEGIRL's Photo 4EVERADONEGIRL Posts: 5,596
10/30/12 4:47 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
You're doing it exactly like you should be!!! The one thing you need to change is the feeling that you're not improving...because, believe me, every single time you head out, you are improving in so many different ways! You may not see them, but your bones, joints and muscles are getting stronger and your lungs and heart are also improving. Time is definitely NOT important...just focus on enjoying yourself!

After all, you have already greatly improved from not running at all to running for 2.5 miles! Way to go!

***Kristen***

Co-Leader for Run 360: www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i
ndividual.asp?gid=36973


AB West Coast Division: Unicorn Whisperer, Glitter Thrower and Rainbow Maker Extraordinaire

I'm a DONE Girl!

"Being defeated is often temporary, giving up makes it permanent" ~ Marilyn von Savant


 Pounds lost: 63.5 
 
0
25
50
75
100
LKISINSATIABLE's Photo LKISINSATIABLE Posts: 382
10/30/12 4:30 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I'm one of those people who was never good at running at all and, until this year, couldn't jog a mile without slowing into a walk. Now I'm up to 2.5, but I always feel discouraged when I look at my times since they don't improve much. Thus, I've decided to just focus on how far I can jog without stopping rather than how fast I can do it. Anyone else doing this? Your thoughts?

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit.
~Aristotle


 Pounds lost: 13.0 
 
0
10.5
21
31.5
42
Page: 1 of (1)  

Report Innappropriate Post

Other Rookie Running Group General Team Discussion Forum Posts

Topics: Last Post:
Running in cold weather... Tips??? 12/21/2013 12:25:40 PM
Calf cramps. Help!! 9/21/2014 9:41:31 PM
Favorite shake? How do you start your day? 1/31/2014 6:43:46 PM
Safety Tips for Female Runners 9/23/2013 9:48:43 PM
April - Spring Running Heats Up! 5/1/2014 8:14:49 PM

Thread URL: http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x2189x50618261

Review our Community Guidelines