There is nothing wrong with walking. I agree with everyone, it's very mental. But, if you stop thinking about walking as a BAD thing, and just run and enjoy it, I bet you'll find you can go further. I think I ran/walked 6 miles before I was able to run 3 miles non-stop. It was one of those things that I just decided to do one day.
I also know that I can run, on average, faster when I add walk breaks than w/o. I don't always decide if I'm going to run non-stop or run/walk until I start...but when I do run/walk, I run 4 minutes, walk 1. If I feel really good, I'll stop walking the last mile or 2. I almost always end feeling like I could keep going (but glad I'm done!)
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I agree with HALFFAST about the walk/run methods. I know some runners who use Jeff Galloways plan in their races and have found their time got better. Don't give up yet. Try a a couple of different methods and find what works for you. You can achieve your dreams! And if you have to walk parts of the hm it's okay. You're out there doing so much more than so many people are even if you throw in some walk breaks! Give yourself a lot of credit.
I'm with Historikell that the first 3 miles are the roughest. I don't know if it's a mental challenge or just how much I need for a warm-up, but I definitely get into my groove AFTER the first 3 miles.
On the other hand, there is nothing wrong with using run/walk intervals - just look at Jeff Galloway's training plans - can't doubt an expert ;)
Simone, that is really great advice. When I first started running 5 years ago, my running coach had us all using heart rate monitors so that we could gauge if we were going too fast, or as you mentioned, not fast enough. I spent a solid 3 years using heart rate monitor training and while it isn't for everyone, I think it is a great tool for beginners so that you have an idea how hard you are working.
Do you have a heart rate monitor? I love my fitness gadgets, but my HRM is definitely my favorite. Sometimes when I'm feeilng winded, I look down at it and see that my heart rate is right where I want it to be, and I realize that my challenge is mental and that I need to push through it. Other times I realize my heart rate is higher than I want it to be, and I know I'll have to slow my pace in order to keep going. I try not to worry about speed at this point, just endurance.
One of the things that affects my heart rate the most is hydration. If I'm not well hydrated, my heart rate is elevated and I get winded much more easily. Make sure you're drinking plent of water. I usually drink double (or more) the eight cups a day.
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For me, it seemed like the three-mile mark was a mental challenge more than anything. Once I got past three-miles, it got so much easier! I would suggest maybe slowing your pace. I find that if I'm running a bit slower, I can run farther and it feels easier. Maybe try some training on the treadmill so that you can regulate your pace. I have never been one to run on the mill, but I've been doing some for just that reason and it has really helped. I ran on the track on Saturday and it was slightly more difficult than the treadmill but it felt like the pacing was much better.
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Hi Sparkers - I don't usually post but I'm having issues with my running so I thought I'd 'pick your brains' a bit. I started running in June '10 -- did a 5K in October and ran the whole thing (37:30)...the holidays were horrible and I ended up not getting any running done for about a month...(death in family, fatigue, over-training...). Anyway, I started back on Jan 4 and now I'm to the point I feel like I should be able to run a 5K without walking.....but I can't seem to do it. I did a 5K in early March and ran most but the wind and rain was too much on parts of the route and I HAD to walk (38:39). I committed to the USAF HM in September and I'm starting to seriously doubt I'll make it. I guess I'm wondering - why can't I get to the point that I can actually run the 5K and beyond without walking? Do alot of runners do walking during their races? Should I chuck the whole idea of a HM? I run 3 days a week (sunday being the long day) - been averaging 7-9 miles per week (can't seem to get any further). Wed and Thurs I do spin class and the other days are easy elliptical. I do strength training - 2 days of arms and 2 days of legs. (my knees are an issue if I take time off so I don't really have a DOR)
Any observations, suggestions, HELP....is completely appreciated. Thank you
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