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Hi Everyone! !
I am just starting my weight loss/running journey and was hoping to get some advise, suggestions on how to increase my distance.
I am still walking/jogging, I have not progressed to a full jog, but would like to.
I am also 200+ lbs but looking to reduce that as well.
I have goals of a 5k and eventually a half-marathon but wanted to know thought on how to realistically reach those goals.
Any help would be appreciated. ?
Congratulations on getting started on a new journey; here are a few suggestions:
Keep us posted on your progress.
I'll consider the 200+ club, I just know that it is a big club and I'm afraid I'll never be able to fully fit in the group. I'm not on here often enough to completely follow the threads, the suggestions and the conversations.
But I will keep everyone posted on my progress.
I actually ran outside for the first time Monday. My legs were tired after that run. Whew!!
I am finding out I should practice that alot more. I can't find a 5k on a treadmill.
I was able to jog 3 miles, so I'm staying consistant on the distance but on the treadmill I can jog 3 miles in 39 mins and on the road I'm at 46 mins.
Time to improve.
Couch to 5K plan (25K): http://www.coolrunning.com/engine/2/2_3/181.shtml The plan starts as a run walk, builds the run portion and shortens the walk portion over days/weeks, until you are running 30 minutes at the end. It is set up for 9 weeks but you always have the option of repeating days or weeks if you are not comfortable moving to the next workout.
It is harder to run outside than it is on a treadmill (hills, wind, harder surface, etc.).
If you are already able to complete a 3 mile run without walking, you may want to start with something beyond the Couch to 5K program. It is designed for someone to start from not running at all (or much) and getting to 5K distance.
You are already at 5K distance. So, you might want to look at doing a Bridge to 10K program. I don't know if that is described on this site or not, but if you have a smart phone, there are apps to track progress on it. If you do decide to do the Couch to 5K instead, you can try increasing your current speed on the runs, since you've already conquered the distance.
The nice thing about the training programs is that it has you focus on short term goals, which are easier to accomplish, than the long term goal of the half.
2011 - C25K Graduate!!! (9/17/2011)
2011 - BridgeTo10K - W3 Slacker!
2012 - Started over but didn't finish the C25K program (MAJOR SLACKER!)
2013 - C25K Graduate Again!!! (NEVER GIVE UP!)
2013/9/20 - REV3 Glow Run Branson - Wasn't chip timed but finished in roughly 38 min.
2013 - December 4th - Began 1/2 Marathon Training
2014/3/10 - Kiss Me, I'm Irish 10K - 1:23:32.9 (PR! It counts even if it's my only 10K)
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2014/4/5 - Bentonville Half Marathon!!!!
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