I have been running for about a year now and still only manage a 11.5 min/mile. At first, it really bugged me as no matter how hard I tried, my pace never improved. I would sometime feel like I ran as fast as my legs would go and then be disappointed with the time.
I am a big girl and have accepted I am never going to be a fast runner so instead I concentrate on improving my distance each run, never mind the time.
I am proud of the fact that I can run 8 miles, even if it does take me a long time - it still beats most people!!! You have only being going a few weeks - keep at it, you are doing great.
I started running to loose weight in combination with "a diet". I was dissappointed at first as I lost nothing for the first 3 months but then I started shifting a pound or 2 a week.
However, my mind set has totally changed! I used to be obsessed with the scales and now that is less relevant as the figures I watch now, is how far I can run. After my first ever 10k, the joy and emotion I felt was better than losing my first stone. I feel fitter and healthier and the sense of achievement I have through running is so much greater than that of losing weight.
Stick to running cos you enjoy it and there is so much to gain from it. Any weight loss is a bonus.
Thanks to all for the advice. Unfortunately I will not be able to come as my husband had a serious bike accident 2 weeks ago and broke both his arms (his left elbow has had to be completely reconstructed) amoungst other injuries. As I have a 1 year old and 3 year old, as well as a husband to look after, I will not be able to come. Hopefully next year all being well!
I have been running since Jan and completed my 1st 10k in March. I have another one next week however my husband decided to break both his arms and I have a 1 year old and 3 year old to look after. I usually go running in the evening after they go to bed however, my 1 year old wakes constantly. so I cannot leave the house.
My problem is - I am not going t be able to run for the next few monthsbut I have worked so hard at my running, I do not want to let it slip.
We do not have space for a treadmill but I was wondering if anyone had a folding, manual one? You know - the £70 quid job from Argos!