Hi everyone! I hate running, I've never been a fan and have only done so while playing other sports. I have a PAT test for corrections coming up within a month and I need to run 1.5 miles in 19:52. I am currently running at 24:08...and when I say running I mean that I ran four minutes and speed walked the rest. I'm sure I could jog it and make the time but I can't keep it up consistently. My knees and ankles start to bother me. Any tips on how to train better?
There are two things you can try. Both mean going out every other day - like M-W-F. One way would be to do a run/walk: run for 90 seconds, "speed-walk" for 90 seconds. Repeat for a total of about 25 minutes. Every couple workouts increase the run time and decrease the walk time but keep the overall time the same. Say go to 105 seconds run, 75 seconds walk. This way is less likely to bother your knees/ankle. (This is something like C25K, which you don't have time for.) The other way would be to run at a very slow pace (also every other day), just faster than your speed-walk pace, for 20 to 25 minutes. If your joints start bothering you, go back to the first technique.