I started out at 15 minute miles when I started C25k, but I'm on week 7 now and have dropped to about 12:30 min/miles. My goal is to run a 10k averaging 10 minute miles. At 40, I feel like that's a respectable goal. Not sure how long that is going to take me, but I right now I want to get comfortable with the distance before I worry about the speed.
Lost 65 pounds just in time for my 40th birthday. Now maintaining my weight loss, training for a half marathon and lifting weights seriously. Love my body and love my life. It was all worth it!
current weight: 28.0 over
Fitness Minutes: (4,853) Posts: 46 6/1/12 8:56 A
oh the joy, yesterday I tested myself - outside in the heat, after 30min of jogging and walking and the result is 10.5 min/mile. I'm so happy. Of course it needs to be maintained but anyway, it's a start!
current weight: 142.0
Fitness Minutes: (4,853) Posts: 46 4/19/12 12:14 P
Hi! I'm new here but I'm happy to find a topic right away that's really useful to me. I'm 5' 2" and I've started jogging. It's definitely not walking, I'm bouncing and I think I do leap a bit :D However, the trackers all label my efforts as "walking".
On the treadmill it's so much easier I can push it down (or crank it up so to say) to 10min per mile. However, outside, it's 11.5 - 12 min/mile for ten minutes then I'm out of breath. My steady pace (my heartreate is up but I can run sorry jog for 20 mins without stopping, my avg heartrate is 150) is around 13 min/mile. And officially, that's walking.
I've tried fast walking, just to check, that let me breathless and according to my Ipod that was nowhere near 13min/miles.
I know with time my pace becomes faster and maintaining 11min/miles for 30 mins (my dream) will be easy once I've trained my body.
My only propblem is, that unconsciously I beat myself up for only being able to "walk" while I do feel that I'm jogging there.
Anyway, my point is, it's good to see I'm not crazy and other (short) people feel the same way!
That's AWESOME 12KNOW! Good luck! You'll do GREAT! I started running or like you wogging (lol) last year but couldn't do it. Started again this year and have been doing pretty good, and am getting better, but I still consider myself more of a wogger. My speed is pretty slow, but I listen to my body and keep an eye on my heart rate monitor to determine my speed for that day. .
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I can run a mile any where from 10 minutes to 12 minutes so i would say my average is 11 minutes i think thats pretty good, i would like to be able to get to the single digits though, i guess i have to keep trying
I decided to start running at the end of June. I joined the 5 week SP 5K program and completed it successfully. My endurance definitely improved but there was no way I could run a 5K. Soooo, I decided to join the SP 8 week 5K program. I just completed it and guess what...as of this week, I can actually run 3 miles without walking!
I'm not sure how many mph I run but I know I'm slow (more like a "wogger"). On the fitness tracker, it shows me at 12-13 walk/min (even though I'm running - lol). I don't mind being slow...I'm just happy that my short legs are actually moving!
I signed up to run a 5K next Thursday (there will be a lot of people there)...wish me luck and pray that I don't wimp out/get intimidated!
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current weight: 135.0
Fitness Minutes: (6,810) Posts: 37 8/29/11 4:00 P
I interval run two times a week - I start out with a 3 min jog at 6 mph, then work up to 8.5 mph for 30 seconds, 30 seconds at 6.0, 30 at 8.7, 30 at 9.0, 30 at 6.0, 30 at 9.2, another 30 at 6.0, walk for two minutes at 3.7 mph to catch my breath, and then repeat until I get about 20 minutes in and cool down for 5 minutes.
The highest I've run an interval is 9.5 MPH - my short legs were working like crazy! I'm trying to work up to a 10 MPH interval.
When I first got my treadmill in Jan., 4mph speed was running. A few weeks later and 4.0 was just a warm up. Now I like to start at 5.0 and then do 30 to 60 second sprint at 8,9,and 10 mph. I would really like to be able to pass a fit test. Does anyone know what the standard is? I have heard of 'hitting the wall' so while training, aim for a little faster in shorter amount of time. Anyway, because I have bulky thighs, it seems like I dont have a long stride, so the only way to practice getting longer strides in is to have as many foot strikes in a minute as I can. Does that make sense?
I did a 4:1 pace yesterday for 6.5 miles outside for the first time this year. This is an improvement from last year when I was beginning with my 3:1 pace. This enabled me to have my best time ever for my fall 1/2 marathon and I completed my first ever marathon last fall with this pace. Its not fast, but I finished and didn't walk like Frankenstein for 3 days after the race. I am hoping now that I have lost 20 lbs I can pick up my pace & improve my endurance. And maybe help lose my last 10-15 lbs this year!! And it helps that I sometimes train with my husband who is 6'3"... I have to keep going just to keep up with him!!!
Congrats to all of you on this team & best wishes with your new healthy lifestyles!! I'm just thrilled to have found a Team for my size, 5'1" on a good hair day!!
No, actually, I would love to run if I was able to keep up my endurance longer than few weeks. I start to exercise and then something happens and I stop for months at a time. Then I have to start all over again.
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My "easy" pace (for long runs) is anywhere from 10:30-11:30 min/mile. My zippiest for intervals is 6:15min/mile. For tempos/more quick-paced workouts, it's usually in the 8:45-9:20min/mile area.
As LilDee mentioned, it's all about building up endurance and aerobic capacity. Height doesn't completely matter - there are some incredible runners, esp. in the longer-distance categories, who are also fairly small. Losing weight helps, too, which is why I'm currently working on dropping 5 lbs.
BTW, running 5mph a few years ago was enough to make me puke. I was SO not a runner then. But keep plugging away at it. Endurance is challenging for many to cultivate, but it can be done!
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I, too, keep a nice steady pace of 5.0 but my trainer has been working in interval training on the treadmill of up to 8.0. And it didn't kill me (yet)! I'd love to work up to a regular "run" of 6.0 but its a balance of picking up endurance and losing the pounds at the same time so I can go faster.
On the treadmill, I also run at 4mph like you. But normally, I'll run at a 5.0mph pace even tho I want to go faster. I see these weight loss reality shows where these people are running 8.0mph to 10.0mph! And I'm like how??? But anyways, it is what it is. I run maybe an 11 min mile when I do a 5k race.
At whatever pace makes me sweat and raises my heartbeat! I have a treadmill that resembles a battleship with the most rudimentary settings so one little nudge of the speed slider sends me from 4 MPH to fast enough to throw me off, scaring the heck out of me. It also doesn't tell me what incline I'm at, so it's just awful. But, it does the job of providing a "road" to run on when my preferred outdoor runs are out of the question.
Seriously, though, I use the Nike+ Sport kit and most of the time I set it to burn a specific number of calories. I know my average pace per mile is about 10, sometimes better, sometimes worse. I run for the enjoyment of it and because it's a great fat burner but I used to meticulously track my average pace and mileage and it began to get in the way of having a relaxing, productive run.
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