I have been running seriously since July but have completed three sprint triathlons nearly four years ago.
Since the latter end of last year I have been a member of two beginner running groups one which uses the Jeff Galloway method of Run Walk Run and started using the Run 30secs Walk 30secs ratio with both groups. Last night (Wednesday) I joined another beginners group that used a ratio of Run 2mins Walk 1min.
I asked on the group fb page if it was possible to run two days running as I attend a group Thursday morning which I enjoyed but didn't want to give up. The group leader said in her personal opinion that it was not a good idea for beginners to run two days in a row. I don't class myself as a beginner but neither as an intermediate somewhere in between. My pace varies but was nowhere as fast as the others last night in fact I was behind with three others two of which were helping. If I let this bother me I would not run ever again. I am not bothered about speed but still feel like I am holding others back because I am not able to keep up.
Based on the above am I a beginner or not? How should we class if at all beginners? A beginner to me is someone who has never run before and is starting from scratch and I would never be able to run 2mins and walk 1 unless they have done couch to 5K which I have. Should I listen to my body as to how I feel? The Thursday morning group does Jeffing as mentioned above so technically should be easier.