I think the goal is to start from your level, wherever that may be. From there you push a little, but don't try to push to the point of injury, total exhaustion, or burnout. You will see improvement as you go along, and as long as you keep pushing just a little each time, you'll keep progressing and you'll keep improving. If your fast is somebody else's slow, so what? Start from where you are today. Your baseline is what you can do, not what somebody else can do. Wishing you well.
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From my experience as a walking coach at our local YMCA, when we begin our training for a 10k, I typically have a fast, medium and slow group of walkers. Whatever speed you start at, it will always improve over time. In fact, most times I find the slow walkers are walking at a medium pace (3.5 to 3.6) by the time of the race, the fast walkers are typically doing a jog / walk (4.0 walk to a 4.3 jog) and the medium walkers have increased their pace from about a 3.7 to a 3.9 / 4.0. The most important thing, is you are out there and not at home sitting on the couch and your endurance and speed will increase over time. Each week, either make a point of increasing your speed by a little and / or increasing your distance. You will feel stronger and stronger each week, and believe me, you will find you want to go faster and longer. Hope that helps.
I have been tring to push myself to go faster on my treadmill when I workout. My fast is probobly your slow.
So is it that important how fast you go or your time? Or is it the point that your making an effort and pushing yourself to the make up the time and pace as you lose weight and improve your lifestyle with healthy choices and healthy eating habits?
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