When I started running just over 4 years ago, I used to very slow jog a mile, walk a minute or two then jog the other.
To move on a bit, instead of slowing to a walk, I'd go a little bit slower on the running bit, then instead of slowing down to a walk, I'd drop the pace a couple of minutes to a trot. As I upped the distance to 3 miles, I'd have 2 "trot breaks" then eventually phase it down to 1, then none. When I got to 5 miles, I didn't go back down to "trot breaks", I just dropped the overall pace so I could comfortably get to the end. Then in time, things got easier and my pace got better. It didn't happen overnight though, for the first year and a half of running I didn't particularly enjoy it. The only reason I stuck at it was because of the weight loss. (I lost a stone in the 1st year, another half over the next year, and half again this year.) Eventually, over time, I became addicted and now I love running, my life revolves around it! And I've also got a 3:38 at FLM. So don't get annoyed if it doesn't come quickly to you, it didn't to me. A mate of mine's only been running a year after me encouraging her and she's just done 4.30 at Stratford. Good on her, but there's no way I could have done that. I had to be patient. But, damn, was it worth it! Oh yes!
Posted: 08/05/2007 at 12:46