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Hi there I've been running (a term I use loosely) since mid April and I can now run 5k without stopping. Thing is, my time is usually 45 mins which, reading other posts is abismal! Now, I'm not going to beat myself up for not doing it in less than 30 or even 35 but 45 does seem unheard of. I use Endomondo (?) and it tells me my time at each km, ie "completed last km in 9 mins" etc. when I hear this I sometimes try to go faster, to try to beat it the next km but if I do everything starts to feel tired and, if not exactly painful, then "difficult". When I run at my normal pace it really is more of a jog, people could walk as fast as I jog.
I decided to try running to get fit, lose weight, prove I could after my last two years of constant hip pain and 2 ops, and most of all...to have fun. So, should I even care what my time is? My heart says why worry, I'm doing this for me, my head says, "yeah but everyone can do 5k in 30 mins so why not you?"
id love to hear what other people's times were when they'd just started, and at what point did your times improve? And did they improve naturally, just by keep doing it, or did you go flat out, how did you improve?
sorry to ramble! Any comments welcome!