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First post - I've been lurking here for a while and it seems like the right place to ask my question. I have recently started running after a long period without much in the way of exercise. I want to get fitter and lose a bit of weight, now I'm the wrong side of 40. I ran a bit at school but not at any great level. We walk for pleasure – from walking to work to 6-14 mile hikes, so I'm not completely unfit. I started running on a treadmill over the winter, doing 4-6 miles a week but now the weather has improved I've started running outside, which is much better.
I've been reading up on the best way to approach it, to do it as efficiently as possible and to make sure I don't get an injury. There are many different ideas around training and variations of each one I just want to pick one that has worked for someone and follow it as best I can! So, to my question...
I have worked up to running three times a week, usually 10k twice and perhaps a 6-8k for the third run. I can do 10k in about 59mins without any real problems but it has left me with a few aches and pains, making me think that maybe I am overdoing it. Is this sort of regime recommended? It doesn't really seem to be getting any easier and I'm not really losing any weight. Would changing to/integrating some High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) be better for me? At school I was always better at long distances than speed.
I would be grateful to hear the opinions of this forum. Thanks for reading this long post!