P.S. I keep a journal and a log of all my training from the beginning (since last summer when I started running for the first time). If you need any tips or if you have any questions please let me know. I love sharing anything fitness!
Right now I'm training for a Marathon, and I'm only a little over 5'1" These little legs, and strides I have wont stop me from making my goal. I was never a runner, but now I love it! If I can do it, anyone can. It just takes a lot of hard work and motivation. Good luck on your race!!!
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Thanks for a lot of information. I am currently a walker, started walking 1 month ago and just got my speed up to 3.6 this past Saturday. The trainer at the gym stated I should start jogging a bit, but very nervous. I look forward to trying some of the techniques you all have discussed.
"Never give in. Never. Never. Never. Never." - Winston Churchill
Goal 1 = 224 before my birthday (10/19) lowest weight I would have been in a very long time, maybe 15 years! Goal 2 = 199 by 1/1/10 love to start the year off under 200! Goal 3 = 160 by 6/5/10 (wedding date)
Challenge 1 = 15 lbs by Halloween - 224.6 Challenge 2 = 50 lbs by 1/1/2010 - 206 Good luck to all in 2009!
Have you tried the Couch to 5K running program on coolrunning.com? It takes you from basically not being able to run at all, to running a 5K in 9 weeks. You go by time (walk two minutes, run 90 seconds, etc.) until you slowly build up to running the whole thing.
I followed it and completed it two years ago and now have my first half marathon this weekend.
Ditto the others on speed coming with time. The longer you run, the faster you will eventually become.
Be fearless. You only fail when you stop trying. "The cure to anything is salt water: sweat, tears or the sea." - Isak Dinesen
Hey there my fellow short legged joggers. I too have been working my way up to being ready for a 5K. I walked a lot before I started jogging, so my walking speed on the treadmill is usually 3.8, and my jogging speed is usually around 5.5 until I get to the last mile and then I bump it up every 1/4 mile until the last and then I usually go at about 6.0. I have been doing the couch to 5K running program on the coolrunning.com website, and I am on week 8. I really have to push myself that last mile. My breathing gets so heavy, I just want to finish quickly. I too have never been a jogger, so this has been hard for me, and I have progressed very well so far. I can't believe I am up to 2.75 miles. I have never been able to do that in my life. Not even in high school. Good luck on your progress!
during the week (when I'm not injured) I run between 3-4 miles 3 times a week with Sunday being a long run. Right before I set my 5K PR my long run was 8.5 miles. In 5.5 months I shaved 4.5 minutes off my 5K time just by increasing distance. No speedwork or anything. Unfortunately my last 2 5Ks I've been fighting a hip injury so my times were higher than my first 5K (big difference in the fact I ran my whole first 5K and the past 2 I walked about a mile out of each.)
So what your telling me is to kick it up a couple days a week and do a couple of 2 mile 3 mile and 4 mile days. That still leaves me 1 day to stay in bed and drink coffee. I am starting to feel like getting up, get those 2 done shower and go back to bed. I feel like if I don't work out somehow then I have to work out the next 6 days with out an option pass we will call it. It's like you already used your get out of jail free card. I am starting to enjoy those 2 miles. I wish biggest loser was on at 6:00 in the morning.
I am trying to do 2 miles on the treadmill. I go for time. I am trying to reduce the time it takes me to get it done. I am at 30 min. right now. I have to laugh because the first 3k I did I did it in 48 min. We were goofing around the whole way but It gave me a sterting point. I want to do a 4 mile this summer so thanks for the link. Lynn
Thank you so much for the replies! Now I have more questions though... When did you begin to increase your speed? Should I wait until I can jog non-stop for a good distance and then increase it, or should I be increasing it along the way?
I agree with Missgood, do with speed that works for you. When I first started running it was at 4 speed and now I can run 7 speed with 5 incline after one year. My husband is 6"1 and he can only run at 4 speed right now because he just started. I also do sprints as well for 30 second at higher speed. Good luck!
"Fear is what stops you... courage's is what keeps you going."
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Unfortunately, you can't blame your short legs. It has to do with just how quick your legs "turn over". It happens to tall people too. I just completed my first 1/2 marathon in February. Last summer I was at that speed too. Speed comes in time. Do the speed that works for you. Don't worry about the speed they say. Interval training with sprints will eventually bring your speed up, but I'm guessing your goal right now is distance. My motto is anything faster than a walk is a jog and is good.
I strongly recommend that you join The Rookie Running Group on SparkPeople. It's full of new runners like us and a ton of experienced runners that love to help and answer questions.
Don't worry about your speed it will definitely come in time. Running is a life time sport.
Congrats on your achievements!!
"Running is a big question mark that's there each and every day. It asks you, 'Are you going to be a wimp or are you going to be strong today?'" - Peter Maher, Irish-Canadian Olympian and sub-2:12 marathoner
I'm trying to train for a 5k. I've never been much of a jogger, but I'm going to give it a go. The problem I'm having is that all of the online training programs, including the articles on SparkPeople, assume a brisk walking speed of 3.5-4mph. For me, 3mph is a brisk walk and 4mph is jogging. 5mph is a flat-out run. I've been trying to adjust the training program to suit my needs, basically by just repeating it until I've gone a certain distance. I guess I just want to know if this is normal or not. Am I right in blaming my short legs, or am I just not working hard enough? Have any of you trained for a 5k before? How did you do it?
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