How long did it take you to run continuously?

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28/10/2013 at 09:27

I'm finding it hard to quit walking! Now I know there is nothing wrong with walking to recover my breathing and I do try and set mini goals (I will only walk to that lampost, or I will run for another 100 steps) but I honestly thought I would be able to string together more of my run sections by now. I can just about manage to run a mile before I need to walk, but then after that it is all run/walk/run/walk. I have managed to do this for 5 miles as I am rather foolishly training for a marathon, and if I run/walk it I will still be chuffed to bits but it got me wondering how long it took others to run 30 minutes without walking..... (I started 8 weeks ago but I have never run in my life and I am about a couple of stone chubbier than I should be!)

28/10/2013 at 09:38

From the description youve given Cascita i wouldnt worry at all 

Your a TOTAL beginner so its going to be very difficult from the start. Run/walk strategy is fine for now as its clear thats all your aerobic system can manage.

This will improve over time (dont expect over night) but also you need to be able to push yourself that little bit further once in a while.

No one improves by just staying the same each session.

Also i know its hard to judge at this stage but how hard are you running the 'run section' as sometimes people think they are not going too fast but really it is for their personal level of comfort.

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28/10/2013 at 09:42

you are doing well.

 have you thought about joining a club........most have beginner sections now.or running with someone else.uits amazing that when you are chatting with someone you get to a couple of miles without realsiing it

28/10/2013 at 09:48

Are you training for a specific marathon, and if so how many weeks have you got?


It took me many months before I could run continuously. Losing weight will help A LOT.

28/10/2013 at 09:51

What pace/speed are you running at?  Could you try running slower?

28/10/2013 at 10:01

Thanks everyone. I am training for London. Gulp. I am running at 4.5 to 5 mph (or 12 minute to 13 minute pace) but that is overall, taking in my walking sections. When I actually run I seem to be at around 10 minute/mile. I think if I ran slower I might go backwards!! I just wondered if it took others this long to run. I kind of figured I might be doing 5k by now as a continuous run. (I do parkruns, 40 minutes!)

28/10/2013 at 10:05

Thinking back to when I started running I only took a walk break once, in the very first run I did. BUT... I'd been told by running friends to go ludicrously slowly in the running part, i.e. not even 50% faster than normal walking pace. It feels stupid, but it works. You can gradually speed up again once you don't need the walk breaks.

28/10/2013 at 10:19

It does seem there are two ways of getting there, really, really slow and no walking, or faster but having to walk, at some point I guess after x weeks you meet up in the middle

Don't worry about it, most London Marathon plans don't begin to Late December, you still have another couple of months, considering how far you have come in the last 8 weeks, in another 8 weeks time you will be comfortably doing 5k non stop at least. It's not a linear progression, you find some days you just have a sudden hop in performance where you push it and things work.  Once you've done something once, it then makes it a lot eaiser the second time.

28/10/2013 at 10:32

Thanks Booktrunk - you have been super supportive throughout this, and I am trying to take inspiration from your fanastic efforts - but I must admit I suffer runner envy now!! I guess I just need to hear that I am not failing because I can't run continuously yet. I'm disappointed in myself and losing a bit of faith. Maybe it's just Monday morning blues! I did a PB on my 5k yesterday - 39 minutes ! But it was all downhill!!

28/10/2013 at 10:37

I Lied - it was 36 minutes 17 seconds!

28/10/2013 at 10:42

Most of us have runner envy

There's always someone better / more elegent / looks like it's no effort that you wish you could emulate.

None of that matters, the reality is that your you, and no-one else.  It took me ages to realise that.  The only person i'm ever competing again is myself (Except for Loch Ness next year.... that's now a proper race). Don't be envious of other runners, be excited thiinking that could be me in X time as long as I keep training. It's not the actual events that make running special I think it's the slogging out the miles on cold, dark, rainy nights, or blistering hot summer mornings.  That's what makes a runner the actual events where everyone is your adrenalin will get you through even if you'e under trained, but it's the training that makes you a runner, and that's what you are doing now, your putting in the hard miles Be proud and excited, The only key to getting better is to keep doing it

28/10/2013 at 10:44

See 36 minutes is great.  I remember the first time I got below 40 minutes for 5k that was celebraton time, then 35m and then you find your starting to get close to the magical 30 minutes.

28/10/2013 at 10:53

To make you smile, you are doing better than me.

It took me 12 weeks to do a 36:50 5k and around 6 or 7 weeks later i was down to 32:50 so just give it time.



28/10/2013 at 10:58

Im quite new to the forum but just wanted to suggest joining a club-im a fairly newish runner and when out running alone i am very much like you-once i stop to walk for the first time its run/walk/run for rest of the time i am out.

i have recently joined a running club where they pair you up with similar ability people and i found having someone to pace me meant i was up to almost 3 miles before i need to walk and a big chunk of that was uphill.

Give it a go and you wont look back!

Good luck!

28/10/2013 at 10:59

Booktrunk - that is EXACTLY what I needed to hear, thank you! I think I am just beating myself up because I had thought I would be better/quicker/finding it easier by now. I wont give up! Thank you!

28/10/2013 at 11:02

Banksy - thanks for that. I am still way too scared to join a club but I have had a couple of running friends come with me for support - both of whom have been super supportive and gave me encouragement without making me feel useless. Uphill?? EEEEK!!

28/10/2013 at 12:40

You could look into Run England groups which are aimed at new runners like yourself. 

Keep going and believe in yourself too, it took me a few months to get there and I'm still really proud of that first continuous 5km I ran as those were some of the hardest miles I have ever ran (including my marathon!).  Run at a speed where you can talk in full sentences (having a friend to run with helps here!) and you'll see improvements...


Have fun, good luck and happy running!

28/10/2013 at 13:09

Took me a year before I could run for as long as 60 minutes. I can now run for two hours a day.

But I still stop on several occasions for no real reason at all. Habit I guess.

28/10/2013 at 15:44

I think you are doing very well. Took me 12 weeks to run 5km from my couch. I managed it in just under 34 mins and that was running with my sister and her dragging me along, I so felt like giving up, I was almost dead after it.

By your own admission you say you still need to lose some weight. That will make you quicker and easier to run. Also with more runs and improved fitness I reckon in another month to six weeks you will be down at 32 mins.

Well done, keep it up and you will soon be under the 30 min barrier !!!

28/10/2013 at 16:19

Elizabeth is right-i found my club on run england as well and they do beginners courses and then the sessions are all mixed level once you complete the beginners and there is always someone to run with and always a mixture of distances each week so you can choose how far you go.


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