(Closed) Still a slowpoke..

posted 5 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I’m training for a half marathon in September and have been training for about 10 weeks. I’m totally in a rut with my progress though πŸ™ I can do the first 3 miles at 10mins/mile but when I add on another mile, my legs are literally like lead I’m averaging 20 mins/mile. I’m not normally even out of breath for that bit, just my heavy legs slow me down!! It really sucks!

 

Someone at work told me it was totally a mental thing, rather than a physical thing… I run after work so I guess I am mentally tired but I have no idea why it only affects me after the 3 miles!

 

Having said that, I am totally loving the training. I had 5 days off recently because the weather was rubbish here (I cannot run in the gym-it just makes me angry!) and after day 4 I was desperate to get out!! I guess I’m hooked πŸ˜‰ just wish I could break this stupid pace change!!!

Post # 5
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

We’re race weekend date twins!

I’m training for a half marathon on May 5th!

I ran 9 miles this morning. I run WAY slower than you! Like 11:30 minute mile! (5.5 mph)

I run faster on the roads, but not an 8 minute mile! My best mile EVER was 8:16!

But I remember running my first 5K! It was SO exciting!

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

It’s definitely mental.  I just ran my 8th half marathon and FINALLY achieved my time goal.  With so many other races, I’d slow down thinking “there’s no way I can maintain this pace for 13 miles.”

Try starting out deliberately slow… you know your usual pace, run your first half a bit slower than that.  By the halfway point, you should still be feeling good and it’ll help you take the pace up a notch for the second half.

Post # 8
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

@Corgi-cariad:  UGH  that lead legs thing was the WORST! I used to get lead legs from miles 4-5, then rubber legs from 5-6!

But I run on a treadmill, so I HAD to push though it at my usual running speed!

Now I can run 9 miles with only minor discomfort (May 5th half marathon), and the lead/rubber legs thing has gone away!

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

@Corgi-cariad:  You should try to slow down those first 3 miles a little so you can get past that hurdle. You could even do a 10-min mile for 9 minutes, then walk for a minute to recover. I bet that would help you out a lot with miles 4+ and eventually you can cut out the walking or speed up your pace πŸ™‚

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@Woodstock:  I was meant to finish today, but injury has pushed me back a few days.

 

Awesome for you, though! you did so well!!

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@RunnerBride13:  I tried slowing down today and managed to fit in another mile into my normal length run so did 5 miles rather than 4 πŸ™‚ and actually felt like I could keep going! thanks for the tip πŸ™‚

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