I like this article alot and find it very helpful and I tried to follow different 5k plans and in the first weeks I improve a lot but at about half time I feel like I am not improving at all. I am doing good with my breathing, but after two or three walking intervals I can't push myself to run another interval so i keep walking because my endurace literally sucks. I always felt that I am the only one struggling with those plans until I read a blog of Slimkatie (another Spark member who blogs daily about her amazing weight loss journey and running) about how she started running and I found her 'plan' really good. Instead of doing running and walking intervals, she planned a 30minute walk/run and started with running only 30 seconds and walked 29.30minutes on the first day. On the second day she ran a minute and walked 29minutes (3rd day 2minutes running and 28minutes walking, ...). She did this three times a week and has run many races and is such an inspirational person. So I suggest anyone who is interested in becoming a runner to look up her blog.
I ended up not running. My brother-in-law joined me for the race. He did his normal morning run of 3.5-4 miles, came home changed into dry clothes and we walked to the race site, got our numbers, hung out and he stayed by my side the whole race, egging me on to keep up my pace. I don't know my exact time--somewhere around 51 minutes, but I am pretty happy with that. Afterwards, we walked back to his house and chatted a bit before I headed home. With the walking back and forth to the house, I did over 12000 steps before 1030 in the morning, so this day is a win even with the sore knees.
ETA: Amy, my legs give out way before my lungs and that is what holds me back from runnning. Completely the opposite of you.
Loved the article. I have not seen this one before. I still long to be a runner. I do short sprints but cant seem to run longer than 1/8 of a mile at a time.Then have to walk 1/4+ miles before I can start to run again.So in all I probably run 1- 1 1/8 miles out of 3+ miles. Its not that my legs get tired I just get short of breath to easily!! I guess practice makes perfect. I will keep trying!
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