There are some very helpful tips here....thanks....Beverley I will try the 20, 30, 40 sessions for a while. I did used to run with a friend, but unfortunately she moved away and although there are other runners in the village, I don't know any of them and to be honest, I would be too afraid of holding people back. My husband does come out and accompany me on his bike for the long runs. It does make a difference having somebody along side.
I like the idea of walking a 10K first ....love walking anyway, so this would be a good bit of exercise.
I've posted many times before about my rather frustrating relationship with running so aplogies for the stuck record stuff.....
Am 51 and been jogging for 4 years. Yes, 4 years....and am only now making some small progress beyond 5k. Possibly the slowest plodder here on this board at (11.5 minutes per mile), I am working on a 10K for beginners schedule and am currently at 40 mins x 2 a week and one longer run of 50mins. Last week I did 4.6 miles in 53 minutes.
I thought I'd try a bit of variety tonight with my new iphone and the Gymboss app. Set a Run Walk of 10 mins run, 2 min walk for 46 mins. I was feeling pretty exhausted before I even set off tonight, and those first 10 minutes were really not good....legs felt as though made of concrete, breathing felt difficult, gait felt awkward. Was grateful for the 2 min walk...and then started the next 10 min. Well......it was TOUGH. I felt as though I was starting from scratch. Each time I started after a walk break, I felt exhausted. Maybe it was just a bad running day for me, maybe. Has anybody else experience of run/walk sessions or hints or tips?
My energy levels are still poor...I think. Speed does not increase AT ALL and I am regularly overtaken by runners cheerily shouting good evening as I haul myself over the fields. Darn it.
I am entered into a 10K in September for Papworth Heart Hospital. Just wondering if I should go back a session and maybe keep to 45 mins longer runs for a couple of weeks and then build up again.
Any ideas? Would love to find that running is easy and I can run without thinking about the fact that I am having to breathe and move my legs....!
Thanks for all the great advice and motivation. Glad to hear that walking would be OK!! There really must be something odd about my physical make up though if, after 4 years, I am still finding it hard to improve. Am not vastly overweight, although am 51, hypothyroid (shouldn't make a difference)??...
For those who asked and offered their support...I am in a village west of Cambridge.
Am trying to build up confidence to enter a local 10K fun run. I can do 5k in about 35 mins, and am trying to build up to 10k although as people may know from my previous postings I have been running for 4 years with no real improvement so this may be an impossible feat..
Anyway, I wondered if it was seen as "acceptable" to stop and walk during a 10K run.....I worry that I will hear a lot of tutting and jibing if I do so. 10K sounds so much more "real" than a 5K.
Not expressing myself very coherently, but you probably get the gist of what I am trying to say!