How fast is Running

Posted: February 10, 2013 in Daily Running, Running
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Newbie runners have so many questions sometimes we over-analyze things. It’s the simplicity of putting one foot in front of another that confuses us. There has to be more to it than that! No, actually there isn’t. If you read elsewhere that running isn’t putting your right foot in front of your left foot and repeating with your left foot, let me know! As always, sometimes questions can be clarified with answers and others can’t. Here’s one question that can’t be clarified at all.

“How fast is running?” or “At what speed am I running rather than jogging” The truth is, nobody can tell you that. As many runners will tell you, it is an individual sport and only you can decide if you’re walking/running or running or jogging. In the end, it’s about how you feel about your daily trek. It’s a trek, that’s what it is.

I remember when I started out trying to run. My warm up would be at 3.5 MPH and then I’d speed up to 4.0 for the rest of my work out. That was the fastest I could go and it felt like I was jogging. Now when I do 4.0 it’s a regular or almost brisk walk for me. I figured that my speed would gradually increase to a certain speed through building endurance. Sure enough, I can run comfortably at 6-6.5 mph now for about a quarter of a mile and then slow down to 4.5 or 5 and then speed up. Interval training has been defined as one of the best ways to actually increase your speed.

Here’s an example of how different people are: My exercise partner told me on text she was to focus on speed rather than distance. Her focus was to increase how fast she could run, mine was to focus on increasing my endurance. She does not run anymore and I’ve been begging her to sign up for a 5K with me.

After my run yesterday I feel pretty darn good and am excited about getting ready for a half marathon in the near future but maybe I’ll do a 10K sooner than later. Speed doesn’t matter, getting out there and doing it does! Remember, running is what you make of it.

 

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