I have been running on and off for a year now, trying to squash some running in a busy life as i expect most people are!
I have seen the phrase Conversational Pace used and assume it to mean run at a pace where you can talk.
The trouble is, it doesn't matter how much running i do or how slow i run, i cannot talk and run at the same time for more than a couple of minutes. I see people doing it all the time so i know its possible but is it something i am doing wrong? does it need to be practised to be able to do it? should i worry cos i can't?
I am a slow improver, and only now am able to run for 2-3 miles or 20 mins max (again not sure what i am doing wrong)
I have been following a program from a book 'running over 40' (which I am!) as it seems to suit me well. I have tried other programs and they always increase too fast and I can't keep up
can anyone give me any advise on talking and running, and how to improve quicker?
thanks, i feel a lot better now!
i guess i am too hard on myself, i run on my own mostly so don't often have anyone to compare to, except the dog! (whos a lot fitter than i am!)
well i have run 2-3 miles and i have run 20 mins, but i haven't timed the 2-3 miles!
tend to do one or the other
when i say running on and off, i have been out running 4 nights a week since November, but infrequent before then as i didn't have a schedule i could stick to. since November i have been following the over 40 one, but if i have to have a week or even a few days off (illness, holiday, heavy periods etc) then i find i have to go back a week or so in the schedule! i have also had to repeat a lot of weeks just to be able to do what is required (and its not excessive!)
I'd like to drag a mate out but I don't know anyone nearby that runs, and i am slotting my running into the 45 mins after I get in from work so trying to organise meeting up with someone is difficult, easier to just change and go!. I've tried running in the morning but it definately doesn't work!
(i know, excuses, excuses!)
If anyone is in the Poole area that needs a running buddy look me up!
thanks for the advice, it all helps!
will give it a go, thanks
well thats what i thought, which is why i entered the thread!
seems like there are differing views on what is right or not.
I think that my main problem is lack of time, so something that will have to be looked at to increase the distance, I am going to have to find some more time from somewhere to do more running!
I am going to be going to the Parkrun as of this saturday, i have my barcode ready!
i have also booked entry into a local cross country 5k run in august.
next stop 10k
thanks guys for all your help.
many thanks for all the advice!
Cool, thanks, will take all comments on board
You guys are great!
No you're not seeing things, have just changed my nickname on the advice of a few people not to use my real name! tried a few but they were all taken so the best thing i could think of was being the dog's mum!
The first 10 minutes of any run is sometimes referred to as "the toxic ten", that is when the body is aclimatising from a rested state to one of activity and is trying to get the oxygen balance in the blood, hence why you tend to huff and puff for this period.
After going past this 'barrier' the body will find a balance and you will find that breathing becomes easier and more regular and as a consequence you will be able to go further and be able to reach the 'conversational' period you so wish to achieve.
You pitch yourself at the level you wish to attain, running for pure recreational purposes or specific schedules to target speed or distance/endurance in a competitive environment. Whatever the case you are still doing more exercise than over 90% of the population which canonly be a good thing and an achievement in itself.
Thanks Derek, I'll keep that in mind, it seems to be most peoples opinion
thanks for the words on encouragement - what a nice kitty you are!
hurrah! did my first Parkrun on Saturday, it was great. managed the whole 5k without walking in a respectable 34:28, no walking and even managed to talk a bit on the way round.
I will be a regular participant from now on!
must work on my stride though and try to step out a bit, but apart from that, really pleased with myself.
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