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SUSAN_FOSTER Posts: 1,229
4/9/13 12:18 P

It's going to sound strange but if you start out slow it gets easier to run faster in the later miles. That's my experience at least. My first mile is always slowest - usually about 30-45 seconds slower than my last, but most of the time the effort feels pretty much the same through the entire run.

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4/9/13 10:03 A

I usually do intervals on the treadmill since its the only way I can keep myself from getting bored but it usually works out to a 9:30 mile or so.

But thanks for the advice. I know I should start slower than I do. I do it for races because I want to be able to finish strong but for fun runs, its harder because I want to go out and have fun. :)

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4/9/13 9:59 A

It's not uncommon for a relatively new runner to start out too fast and not be able to sustain that pace, which is what it looks like is happening with you. I would suggest forcing yourself to slow down when you start out, to the point where you feel like you're going too slowly. That will help you find a pace you can stick with for those longer distances. When you do your shorter treadmill runs, how fast are you going?

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4/9/13 9:55 A

So I'm figuring out how to like running and I run 2 miles a couple of times a week on the treadmill plus a longer run of what feels like 4-5 miles outside. I got a neat new 'toy' recently: a Garmin Forerunner 10 GPS watch. Its a great basic little GPS watch with everything you want and nothing you don't need. I bought it to a) tell me how far my long runs are (turns out I'm close to right) and b) help me increase my average pace. What it told me is that for a consistent effort my splits are as such:

Mile 1: 8:45
Mile 2: 9:30
Mile 3: 10:00
Mile 4: 10:15

Any thoughts on what I could do to help even out my pace?

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