So I've just beat a nasty three week virus, and was able to get some jogging in this week.
Now, I'd like to get some advise on this next step of my weight loss journey, because as I explained a previous post, I realise how unhealthy my lifestyle had been! But after my second jog of the week finished just half an hour ago, I came to understand what I regularly experience in each session in terms of difficulties, I'd like to overcome these.
I'm still pushing for a mile run, Tuesday I did 11 min 5sec and managed 0.83 of a mile (considering my "jog" before this was 0.45 of a mile at 6 minutes 44sec, all I see is some progress!, albeit minor) Today I clocked in 11 minutes 15 sec at 0.89 of a mile! small steps, it's all I keep telling myself haha.
Now my issue here, about this time and distance is that I'm only averaging 3 mi/h or at most 5-6 mi/h, it's really damn slow! I did a run a while back where I averaged 8 mi/h and topped at 10 mi/h but I couldn't do that for more than 6 minutes.
The question is, is it worth continuing to push with my current method of slower speed + longer distance? because my idea is that I can eventually do a mile jog without stopping and slowly but surely I'll be as fit as I can be to run 3 miles at a good running pace if I keep pushing myself with that method. Or will I benefit more from my previous method of trying to run faster at the cost of having to slow down more often? having bits in-between running where I slow down to a fast walking speed to catch my breath seemed painful to continue but I've been able to catch my breath better and better as these jogs go along.
I want to reach a good cardiovascular strength where I can run just as well as anyone else my age, I just feel like I'm playing a long, shitting game of catch up of all those years of smoking and being a couch potato.
Also, reading all that, I'm sure it's easy to see a common trend, because in all my jogs/runs ever, my endurance is terrible. Though I'm sure that's going to change over time, any ideas on what I can do to make progress on my endurance with each run?
Opinions are welcome!
P.S I've read up on the couch to 5K program, however I really don't know where to start, as I don't want to start at week 1, I'm sure i'm on par with week 2, is it worth starting from scratch? I haven't exactly gone far from week 1 but the last thing I want to do is feel like I'm taking steps back.