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Week 8. Am I running too slow?


Hi all. Well I can't believe I am regularly running for more than 25 minutes 3 times a week. When I started I struggled with the 1 minute runs!! I've just done my first 28 mins and for the first time I checked the distance/pace on my phone. (I've previously only used the podcast on my iPod) it's getting addictive this running so I wanted to know more. In 28 minutes I ran 3.7 km. at a pace of 7.43. Does this sound right? I'm totally confused.

Not that it matters tbh anyway. I RAN FOR 28 MINUTES!! so proud of myself.

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Nothing to do with speed... all about stamina and running for 30 mins... and you are on track!

Onwards and upwards!


Run at the speed that gets it done! I think by the way that is pretty nippy anyways. Fastest 5k I've done is 34 minutes, happy with it as I'm 52 and like u couldn't run for 1 minute not long ago! Now I can run 10k! Do it how you can and be very proud! Julie


As soon as I saw the title "Week 8. Am I running too slow?", my response was a resounding "No". Don't worry too much (or at all) about your speed, otherwise it starts to become a chore to "beat" yourself! Just enjoy the exercise for what it is - I can guarantee you are a lot faster then you would be sitting on the couch :)

And if you are wondering, that pace sounds 100% normal to me!

Well done! 28 minutes, amazing!

You are doing brilliantly, I am only on wk 2 and find it really encouraging to hear you were struggling to run for 1 minute at the beginning, makes me feel it is possible even for me!

Slow is best. Slow will give you the opportunity to run for longer.. Slow will keep you injury free.

🎶Slow. slow ....slow slow slow.🎶

Great work nailing that 28 mins.

Onward and upwards... :)


Sounds good to me - I start week 8 on Monday and am hoping my run goes as well!

I've loaded mapmyrun onto my mobile but have decided not to use it until I've graduated. I really believe I can graduate now! Lol!


Don't worry to much about the stats for now , bottom line is to complete the runs which you are doing :)

You can feel the progress you have made already :)

Well done keep at it :)


Don't concern yourself with speed, that will come on more as you go on, just let it come naturally. Your doing so well as you are, Well done!


Thanks guys. You are all right of course. Think it was more curiosity on my part as I had no idea on distances. I will definitely just concentrate on graduating. And leave the distance/speed alone. Just so chuffed I can do it xx


I run at around 8.20 per km so you're faster than me :) Everyone is right though it's about getting there not speed. Well done on the 28 minutes!

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Hehe just realised this was a while ago..bet you're there by now!

I just started to run this week after being treated for a DVT I have to get fit and healthy.... It's goung to be hard not living the party life of my friend's I am a lead singer in a band and changing my life style. Way to go you have motavated me.

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Good luck with it its a great program.


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