I am seriously overweight, currently just over 18 stone and intend to lose at least 2 of them by April 22nd (hopefully 3stone). If I can run VLM 2012 weighing less 16 1/2 stone I will be happy. I am following the RW 5 hr training plan and going pretty well (by that I mean injury free so far). My problem is, whilst following the plan it asks me to sometimes run at marathon pace eg Tues this week is 1m jog, 4m at marathon pace, 1m jog. I can run 6 miles no problem but it is all at one pace (around 12mm), I don't have a faster or slower. As I lose weight I will expect to get slightly faster but for now how do I work out what a jog is compared to marathon pace? Or should I just go with the flow and wait to see what happens as time progresses, then adjust accordingly?
I think going with the flow is not a bad idea. Take it easy. Go slow and build up distance before speed.
Listen to your body and take care of your joints.
Work on the food intake/output as well. Maybe substitute running once a week with swimming or cycling or a decent power-walk.
What feels right and "brings results", so less weight will be right I think. Don't overdo it.
Hope this helps? Keep it up!!
Running at a steady speed is just what you need for a marathon PhilK so you're on the right track. Don't worry about speeding up - if it happens it happens but you need to be comfortable above anything else.
fat buddha wrote (see)
18stone isn't necessarily "seriously" overweight - some of us ex-rugby playing runners aren't far short of that but perhaps the difference is our muscle mass is greater than the norm so we are naturally heavier. I'm around 16.5 stone at the mo.
Seconded, I'm about 17 stone at the moment mainly through to much good food. I blame the missus.
Like above go with the flow. Something that might help if your worried about the weight and it's a bit extreme. A couple of years back I was a bit chucky after having to take time out with a broken rib. Stopped drinking full stop in the biuld up to a race and it made a big difference not just with the calories but also with no hangover's so lots of early starts for training.
Also as FB can testify beer tasted so much sweeter for it after.
Thanks for the replies. To answer a few,
I do not drink (well, very rarely these days - about once every few months I have a night out and give it a good bash).
I do a speed session once a week (buitl up gradually but it's now either 10X400m or 6X600m with 200m walk recoveries between) but this doesn't seem to make any difference to my LSR pace.
Despite living in a seaside town, I do not swim. Can't. And some bugger 'borrowed' my bike a few months ago and hasn't brought it back.
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