>Running 101>C25K - newbie question
I'm new to running and new to the boards. I was glad to find this thread, because I've been feeling discouraged about my running. I'm on week 9 of c25k. Most of the time, I'm running on the cross country trail at my son's school (nice!) but recently used a treadmill and realized how slow I really am. What a disappointment!
Any and all encouragement is welcome.
Barb and Teresa,
I'm new to this place and am excited, but nervous, about beginning the c25k program - but am committed to start. I've been in terrible shape, ex-smoker, overweight and 41. My doctor said I was at high risk for stroke and heart attack and the majority of risk factors were things I was doing wrong. So that was my moment to decide to get moving. I ran in high school and loved it - so I chose running to devote time to.
You two are doing great!!! I'm SO inspired!! Thanks for sharing how you started - that's really encouraged me a lot!
I am so glad I found this thread and this website! (Another lost soul looking for a home after Cool Running...)
I really needed this. I had been fighting the feelings of frustration when the pregnant speedwalker passes me on the indoor track, and wondering if anyone else runs a 15 minute mile.
But, then I remind myself that 6 months ago before I found Cool Running the very possiblity of me jogging for 30 continous minutes at ANY pace would have made me laugh. Then cry a little.
The whole idea of going as slow as I need to had honestly never occured to me before someone told me it was ok.
And FWIW, my 15 minute miles have already decreased....they've already turned into 13 minute miles without me even realizing it, still running comfortably, feeling good during and after my runs. I really understand now that just building up the miles will build up the speed in your body's own good time!
I never bother to believe the numbers on treadmill (except maybe for the clock!). It seems the MPH gets a bit off with brand to brand. There was a time when I totally covered the MPH showing of the treadmill; just to check the clock (my MPH seems to fluctuate anywhere from 4.5MPH to 9.5MPH!). I didn't care how fast (or how slow) I was running; cared more for how I felt. I never record how many mile I run; therefore how many minutes-per-mile. I only record how long I run and how I feel.
Roads were made for journeys...