Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Walk more to run faster?

Since I didn't run at all last week, I was nervous about whether I'd lost any progress I'd made on my current goal of running a mile without walking. My current interval is run 9 minutes, walk 1 minute 3 times.

I set off on my run yesterday morning and felt pretty good for the first interval. During the 2nd interval, my legs just felt so heavy so I walked a bit throughout the "run" portion, and walked longer than the 1 minute walk interval. I also walked a little during the final "run" interval, but not as much as during the 2nd. I was expected a fairly slow overall pace but...

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My overall pace was 15:31, my fastest yet! I was so shocked. I've read that for long distances, many runners do run/walk intervals and it helps their overall pace, but I didn't think it would make a difference for me since I already run so slowly. 

After yesterday's run, I decided to continue these 9:1 intervals for a while, until I don't feel like dying at the end of it (and I like that the entire interval is a nice, round 10 minutes)--then I'll move up to 10:1. 

My run this morning was even better: 


Look at that pace! It makes me think I might not be this slow forever :) I also would to point out that on the final interval this morning, my pace was 10:40--I guess I really wanted to hurry up and finish! (Granted, it was only 6 seconds, but I'll take it.)






8 comments:

  1. It is such a great feeling to make progress with running. I remember the sheer joy I had back when I was running. Great job!!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog! I'm also happy to have found yours now and I look forward to following your journey!

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    1. The first time I ran a distance less than 1/4 of a mile (I had set a target destination and was determined to run to it), I was SO elated--I'm pretty sure I had the goofiest grin for the remainder of my walk. Thanks for the encouragement!

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  2. Good job on the improvement in pace. It is so wonderful to see progress. Makes it easier to do it again the next day! Hope yo continue to have great days like these.

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    1. You're so right about progress making it easier to go out again the next day--this is why I started setting specific goals! I realized when I just "did whatever", I wasn't nearly as motivated.

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  3. I have recently found your blog and am so glad I did. I am currently struggling with a regain and I can relate to the binging. I also stopped running a while back but am looking forwards to starting again. You are making great progress!

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  4. Isn't running awesome when we can see our progress :) Way to go!!

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