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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.


When we run, our muscles are damaged and then giving ourselves time to recuperate from a run helps us be in better shape. For the longest time, and even to this day, I didn’t believe it. So, when I got my marathon training schedule yesterday, I looked at it and what the heck? There are so many rest days!! How am I going to get any real running in?

In this running schedule, it has the runner run 4 days a week and rest three. Ideally I should use the three rest days to do TurbFire but sometimes I will do TurboFire too on days I run.

Thursday is my day off right now from work. I never know when they’re going to change things up on me. (It’s been pretty consistent so far though) so I don’t run on those days. Shouldn’t I do my long runs on those days?! That would probably make more sense eh? I don’t think I should get up and run 10 miles then go to work.

Running on rest days is supposed to be a bad thing. But then again when we’re trying to decide our routine, we should think about our own preference,

some runners are better off running daily and not cross-training, others are better off running three or four times a week and cross-training on non-running days, and many runners are able to fare equally well on either schedule. (Matt Fitzgerald)

Often people don’t realize that running truly is an individual sport. Choosing your routine and your training schedule should be based on what you want and how you handle increases in miles. It’s just like any other good fitness program will say, listen to your body. Do what your body tells you to do. If your shins hurt, take care of those before you do any more running and focus on optimizing. It’s easier to start running when you have a week’s rest rather than six months.

There are some serious injuries associated with runners such as runners knee, pulled groin muscles, pulled muscles in general, shin splits, etc. That is why when you have a rest day, do not run! Take time off and focus on yourself and recover so you can continue running.