Post # 17
I think a lot of what you will prefer to do depends on your body. I L.O.V.E. to run. My knees, ankles and hips, however, do not. But I can walk for miles & miles so I do that! You can do intervals walking too and that has helped me lose weight more than running ever did. For my intervals, I go as fast as I can without breaking into a jog for 2 minutes and then go at a slightly faster than normal speed for 1 minute. Works for me!
Post # 18
I think the MOST important thing is for you to just listen to your body. Runnings vs. Jogging is different for everyone. Someone might think a 10 minute mile is a jog, while others think it’s full out running. It all depends on your abilities.
I know the first time I ever ran (jogged), it was an 11 – 12 minute per mile jog, I eventually got up to about an 8 – 9 minute per mile run. Now, that I don’t run as hard, it’s more like 9 – 10 minutes per mile. I think I’m running… but a more avid athlete might see it as jogging.
And, if a 12 minute mile is a run for you, then do it… I think you just have to learn how far to push yourself. Try different speeds, different inclines, and different lengths of time. And if you’re on the treadmill – always make sure to have at least a 1.0 incline… because if you ever get outside, it will be a lot harder if you don’t.
Post # 19
I had started the couch to 5k program and I had joined a team tat talked about it. As long as you jog/run, you are considered a runner. Thats the way everyone there put it. Whether your paces is 15 mins/mile or 10 mins/mile. Whether you jog at 4 mph or 6.5 mph – you are a runner.
I really believe in intervals as well. I did not finish the program, i made it up to week 5 in about 9 weeks. LOL But, I lost weight. My heart rate would get up to about 175 even 180 at one point, but once I got to walking it would come down. I preferred the intervals because keeping up with time made the time go by faster for me. I get very winded when running. So, a 2 min interval is great for me. There has actually been some research and Jillian agrees that getting to your max heartrate is more effective than staying within your target heartrate. I can only speak for my body. For me, it seems like if I stay within my heart rate then I maintain my weight fairly well. However, if I max out my heart rate (180) then walk to bring it down I seem to burn more.
Just my two cents…