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7/5/12 11:21 A

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yes, speed comes with time. In the beginning you just want to get your body used to running. so go for time. Eventually the mileage # will increase.

It is recommended to not try to increase speed until you have been over a year. hope this helps.

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6/20/12 12:29 P

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I am new too. Started in February and went through the couch to 5k program. That was good because it was structured and each running day had a specific plan. Now that my 5k is done I'm feeling a little lost. I have still been running, but don't have a specific plan. I run between 2.5 and 2.75 miles and my goal is still to run a 5k without any walking. I'm hoping that over time my endurance will increase and running a 5k will be "easy." :)

As for your question, I've heard other long time runners say that speed will come with time, so I take that to mean that we should focus on a distance and not worry so much about how fast we're going. After awhile, our speed will increase as our running ability improves.

Regardless of time or distance, we are on our way to a healthier life! :) Congrats on your accomplishments!


�Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says I'll try again tomorrow. �

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6/18/12 8:36 P

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I'm pretty new too and have just set a route that is ambitious for me and am working my way up to being able to run the whole thing. Right now I do a few walks on the way. If I were able to run the whole way then I think I'd probably be tempted to start increasing speed. The reason I picked up running was that it is a quick way to burn calories and get fitter so speed is great.

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6/18/12 10:23 A

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As a new runner, I am wondering if you all set goals for distance and/or speed, or jsut get out and run. I have been a tm user for years, but don't run much on it. I find that I am pretty obsessed with the numbers, as far as how long it take to go a certain distance. Any suggestions on how far I should start with, and what time I should shoot for?

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