This is my first post, I've been watching these threads for a while and find the information and inspiration great.
I have a question about VO2 max/running progress. I started running this year and I did my first park run 30th Jan 2016
Quick background about me
I'd say I'm average size, I've lost 3 stone since 2014, BMI is 28
I have a 9-5 office job, however we walk everywhere. My daily steps are 14,000 weekly - 25,000 on a weekend.
I've been running 3-4 times a week (3-4 miles) for the past 6-7 months with running groups and have been doing parkrun I also do spin once a week, some PT sessions and the odd 5k,10k race on a Sunday. So i'd say i'm pretty active.
I've gone from 44min in January to 37.28 min October (which is great) at parkrun.
I'm definitely improving but at a considerably slow pace to other runners I see in our groups.
My diet it pretty good to be honest (could do with some more greens) but on a whole we dont eat junk or bad food.
Now I feel like I should be improving more quickly? for the past 2 months I feel like sometimes my running is slowing down and not progressing, I still find it extremely hard to run the whole parkrun without stopping to walk and burn out quickly, and always find myself at the back of the running groups. I did a 10k yesterday and was second from last, but I felt like i couldn't possibly go any faster
I guess i need to remember I had never run before January this year and have always found it hard, 3 years ago i couldn't even run to the train when we were late.
Going back to VO2 max my garmin is saying mine is 34-35 (which from what i understand is nearly on the poor scale, I also know it's an estimate! but good to see)
When running my heart rate is pretty much 168-180 for the whole way (until i walk), its gone up to 200 when i've done hills so i can't physically push any more.
Also i'm only running between 11-13min mile pace
Could it just be i'm simply going to slow to progress and need to work on it and this is normal and its all in the mind?
Or i'm not getting enough oxygen and generally struggling? I didn't want to go to a doctor and waste time if it's generally me just not being fit.
obviously, I know your not doctors, but from experience
Sorry for the long post!