To answer an earlier question, it is DEFINITELY harder running on solid ground than a treadmill; the treadmill kind of flips your feet up as you step off, and you don't get that extra push on solid ground - plus there are hills to consider. But the good news is, I think I run faster outside, because of those hills (gravity helps)!
One of my goals this year is to increase my running speed from 5 to 6 mph; that's not terribly fast though. I am usually one of the last people to finish a 5k; part of the reason is I really don't run the whole time (working on that); gotta take a walking break in the middle (and a water break! ) I'm looking for one of those water bottle carriers that fits in the small of your back; see if that helps any.
I'm running my first 5k this month and my problem is speed. I run outside in different locations so, I don't get bored. However, I'm able to run up to 2.59 miles at a time with maybe 3 2 minutes walking session when I have hills involved to recover. My time has averaged about 54 - 57 minutes each time. Is there any advice I can get on increasing my speed?
Progress may be slow, but it happens! No such thing as last place only finishers.
Thanks for the upbeat attitude. I am very VERY nervous and have invited my daughter to run with me (she is a runner) and I dont want to disappoint her. She has expressed her delight that we are doing a mother /daughter run. Just feeling more pressure.
Just keep with the training program and don't stress over it. I ran my first Warrior Dash last year and was so worried that I would be the slowest person in our group I could hardly sleep the night before. On the day of the run I was excited and with all the music & people around I ran way better than my practice times!
Good luck and HAVE FUN!
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Thank you for your insight. I ran for the first time outside this morning..I could only run about 1.5 miles. How do I know how fast I was running and is it harder to run outside? I am feeling a little overwhelmed about my 5k in a month. I thought I was on track but now I am not so sure.
You should be going at a pace that is comfortably difficult for you. If you increase the pace slightly could you finish your run? In the competitive world we live in it is difficult to not compare ourselves to those around us, but the only person you should be comparing yourself to is yourself. The longer you run, the easier it will become. 4.2 MPH may be a great pace now, but too easy in a few weeks. When it becomes too easy increase the pace. If you run a 5K at 4.2 MPH it will take just over 44 minutes to complete.
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