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Hi there, I have been running regularly (once or twice a week min) since Dec 2011 and in that time I have built myself up from 1 mile to 8 miles. I’ve taken it at a leisurely pace and it has been a very satisfying achievement, particularly as I don’t ‘love’ running the way some people do. However, I’m doing a half marathon in Oct 2012 and something is concerning me. Still, after all this time, I find myself having to stop running and walk at a medium pace for 15-25 seconds every couple of miles. I find I have to do this to catch my breath and sometimes my legs ache so much, despite spending ½ hour warming up before my runs. So the big question – am I normal? Because my runner friends don’t seem to experience this at all – they claim they never need to stop. Even those who are beginners like me! I’d love to know if anyone else battles this because I feel like I’m cheating when I slow to a brief walk. Or am I being too hard on myself? I wonder if it is a mental thing but I do struggle to get my breathing going at a steady pace. Any tips on how to conquer it would be hugely appreciated. Thanks, Holly