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8/23/15 12:01 P

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The speed of your run shouldn't be faster than you can walk. Say, you walk a 15 minute mile. Then your running time shouldn't be faster than 15 minutes a mile. I know it sounds ridiculous, but it's really true.

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8/22/15 10:30 P

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I so appreciate any advice, but I'm curious about what you mean whn you say "do you run faster than I walk?" I am going slow and working on not injuring myself, but yes, I am jogging faster than my average walk. I walk longer distances than I can run, if that's what you meant.

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8/22/15 10:19 P

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First thing I will ask you is if you are running faster than you can walk? It sounds silly, but it was the best advice I ever got! Do not run faster than you can walk, plain and simple. The first 3 to 6 months are just to build endurance and stamina. It is not about speed at all. That is why the program talks about time, not distance. Slow it down, pay attention to your breathing, and you will find that your time will increase a lot easier. Just a note-running will get easier, but it will never be easy. If it was, it wouldn't be the amazing exercise it is. When I ran 6 miles for the first time ever a week ago, the calorie counter said I had burned over 900 calories! Can you imagine! By the way, I am 49, have been running for 9 months, and weigh just over 200 pounds. My time per mile for a longer run (3-6 miles) is between 12 to 13 minutes per mile. Under 3 miles, I average 11-12 minutes a mile. I am good with that. I started with times of 15 minute miles. There are some people who run 20-25 minute miles that I know who are just beginning. Give week three a try at a slower pace. I bet you will surprise yourself!

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8/22/15 10:03 P

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Hello my fellow slow fat runners,
I'm new to running, and I've been using the couch to 5k program. It's taken me a long time to get through the second week and I'm looking at week 3 and I'm a little unsure about what to do. Week 3 jumps from 90 seconds of running at a time to 3 min. of running at time. I'm pretty sure I'm not ready to move forward because 90 seconds still feels like I'm dying by the end of each round. My question is whether I should repeat week 2 until I no longer feel like dying at the end of each round, or if I should advance to week 3 and do the best I can and repeat that until I can complete it. Is my question making any sense? I sure hope so. Any advice would be appreciated.
Thanks friends.

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