Yikes! After reading this article and everyone's comments, I would be more fearful of having Jen as my personal trainer than I would be of Gillian from Biggest Loser!
But seriously, folks, it's not that bad. She's not telling people they have to start out running at high speeds... especially if you don't have a treadmill (and how many beginners have that kind of equipment?) you aren't likely to be able to keep track of your speed very well.
I've been working on intervals to try to become a jogger, if not a runner, and I'm going to have to say that my perceived exertion of 3.5--where beginners warm up--would be a fairly casual walk. If I don't pay attention to the speed (since I don't have a treadmill) then I would be able to follow this beginner program, basing it all on my perceptions. I know that I can jog about a quarter mile, sometimes a little longer, before I need to slow down for a few minutes... and when I do a mile of intervals, it averages out to about 14 minutes per mile. That's faster than 4 MPH!
That being said, this does mean that I don't keep up the speeds or perceived exertions for the length of time that is suggested here... but that is the sort of thing I'm working toward.
- 1/10/2013 2:20:10 PM