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DEANNA0725 SparkPoints: (22,611)
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12/21/13 7:57 A

I started running in March of this year and am totally amazed on my transformation. I started with the couch to 5k app and couldn't run for 90 seconds straight now two to three miles is my norm. My Facebook friends tell me that i am a fast runner because my personal best is 3 miles in 22:12, but I think everyone has their own speeds and shouldn't be concerned with comparing themselves to others. I have a friend that runs a 10 minute mile and she gets upset with herself because she hasn't gotten "faster". I tell her to just relax and enjoy the run. I really think that since I was athletic through high school and college does something to my speed. So please don't worry about the time it takes to finish a mile just be proud of yourself for doing something most people won't even try!

CARRIENIGN SparkPoints: (100,648)
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12/19/13 11:55 P

Feeling the same way here! I started running two years ago. I just started toying around with speed and hill work the last few months, but mostly still just focusing on getting the miles in.

GPHOENIX Posts: 2,839
12/19/13 5:32 P

Hey Everyone!
Thanks so much for your positive feedback and suggestions :-)

MLEHTO Posts: 734
12/18/13 2:13 P

I'm just starting my running journey and I know I'm going to be slow but I figure slow is better than nothing.

NANLEYKW SparkPoints: (76,244)
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12/18/13 12:30 P

Yep, totally! I don't feel slow anymore, but when I started running a year and a half ago, I was somewhere around a 12- or 13-minute mile. I did a teensy bit of speed work--by which I mean doing a Zombies, Run! run once every few weeks--but mostly just kept increasing my distance/endurance gradually. As the miles went up, my pace went down. I remember at the end of last year, I was darn close to being able to hit a 10-minute mile over 5k, and I was delighted to be that fast. My cousin told me that a year from then, I'd be hitting a 9-minute mile. I didn't believe her. Fast forward to now and my 5k PR is an 8:44 mile. (Still slow compared to many, but I usually place in the top 10 or 15% of my age division.)

KATIENIU SparkPoints: (5,014)
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12/18/13 11:50 A

I've been running for over 5 years and have progressively gotten faster. Simply running more (as well as losing weight) is what has helped me get faster.

As a beginner your focus should be to slowly increase distance. Speed will come as your endurance will improve. For right now don't worry about how fast or slow you are running, just focus on getting out there and getting the miles in.

As you gain more experience you can start to add in tempo runs and speedwork. Last summer I did speedork for the first time with a running coach and I felt it helped me a lot. It really allowed me to see how far I could push myself in a controlled environment.

When I first started running I was averaging around a 11:30-12:00 pace. I now average about 9:00-10:00 pace (depending on distance).

MAGTASTIC103 Posts: 588
12/18/13 9:48 A

I am the first to tell someone how slow of a runner I am. For the first couple of years I ran I just concentrated on finishing races without walking and increasing my distances. Eventually my speed naturally increased, but I still wouldn't call myself fast. When I was ready to kick it up a notch I started doing some intervals. Here is a SparkPeople article that might be helpful for you:

ZORBS13 SparkPoints: (196,863)
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12/17/13 9:39 P

It took me about 5 years to get to the point where I feel "faster than average" (as evidenced by my race placings). As a beginner, you don't need to do intervals and tempo runs and the like..just up your weekly mileage will do wonders for speed.

GPHOENIX Posts: 2,839
12/17/13 7:42 P

I started running in July. I enjoy the activity and being able to do something today that I couldn't do 6 months ago. I am a slow runner. Most days I am totally fine with being a slow runner, I take great pride in finishing my mileage. There are those days though where I feel like I will be a slow, newbie forever. Do you ever feel like that? What are you doing to gain speed?

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