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Will i ever get faster

Just completed w7r1....i just feel like I am going SO slow. I take Maggie (dog) with me and when I look at her she is barely trotting certainly not running fast.

Oh well the fact that I can go for 25 mins is way better than where I was 6 weeks ago. Hopefully the speed will improve eventually ๐Ÿค”๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿถ

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You have hit the nail on the head. You are now able to run for 25mins, which you couldn't do 6 weeks ago. One step at a time.

Increase your stamina and endurance with this programme. Then carry on with running regularly and you WILL get quicker - I promise!

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Thanks. Yeah I am starting to get a bit impatient ๐Ÿ˜•need to just keep plodding ๐ŸŒ๐ŸŒ๐ŸŒ

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I did the same thing, my dogs come with me at times and barely trot!. Wk8 I noticed I was able to increase my speed slightly for short bursts. Having just finished the programme i'm working on those bursts in a more focussed way. Dogs trot a little faster during those but still not running! ๐Ÿ˜. You are doing something amazing and transforming. Take it at your own pace.

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Thanks ๐Ÿ˜Š i try to justify by saying Maggie has 4 legs and I only have 2. Also at 2.5yrs she is WAY younger than me lol

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After Graduation you can work on speed as much as you like.. do it now and you risk injury...check out the reply to GrannyO ... this is a long journey, and though we feel, yes, I can do this, yes, I need to be faster,, the legs and everything else, need the steady slow structured build up!

We are all different, but, we all have to listen to our bodies and be aware of hidden muscle damage..:)

I was the original Grey Snail, but two years on.. I can cover 3K in 20 minutes and a 10K in 1hr 10... and I am 67! :) And I am still standing and breathing at the end of the runs:)

It will come... enjoy the journey :)

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Wow! Speedy Oldfloss! I'll keep plodding in your footsteps - feel really encouraged by your progress in two years. Thanks for posting. I'm only 62 so there's hope for me yet!! :)

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There is indeed hope :)

I know many folk think I never move above snail's pace..:) I do, but when I choose.. and I know that I have got there properly :)

You are a youngster :)

Thing is... I do try to do everything by the book, but I still managed an injury, a calf tear.. and was not aware of it.. just one of those things the Physio said..but it made me even more aware of taking care of myself :)

There is a bit about it in this post :)

healthunlocked.com/couchto5...

You are doing wonderfully :)

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Thanks :) There's so much support on this forum :)

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Thanks Oldfloss๐Ÿ˜Š I definitely don't want an injury so will stick with the slow and steady approach. It's taken me 54 years to discover running so I will have to stop thinking I'm still 23 lol ๐Ÿ˜Š

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It is hard..I still think I am in my 30s!!

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Yeah - frustrating, isn't it? On the one hand we're delighted to be running (albeit in slow motion!) for 25+ minutes, but on the other, we long to run faster! We just have to keep running and smiling and building up muscles and stamina. Good luck :)

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Hiya I worry about speed but only cause I run mostly on a treadmill . If I'm outside it doesn't worry me as I can't see how fast/slow I going so I guess it's just all in our heads . As long I'm moving I shouldn't worry ๐Ÿ˜€ bring on w6 r2 xx

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Yup you will, you're still building those running legs. So don't worry about it, you're doing nicely as you are...

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