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.
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.
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
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!
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"
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!
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
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