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  1. Nevermind! I took a GPS tracking app (for running and such) and mapped out the span of the trail in front of my house from one road to the other, which is usually how far I walk when I take my dog for a walk. From one end to the other, and then back to the entrance is a mile exactly. So I took it for a run and made it in just under 13 minutes because I didn't push myself as hard as I could have between walking. I believe I'll be able to do the test just fine when it comes to running!
  2. I should add that it's my lungs that "give out" before my legs. I'm currently breathing 4 in 4 out and then if I feel like I'm not getting enough air, I drop to 2 in 2 out
  3. I started running because of college - I'm going to an equestrian school in March and I need to pass a fitness test where I run a mile in under 13 minutes. I started running back in August or September but I came up to my mom's in October to do the campus tour and ended up getting stranded there. I wasn't expecting to be gone long so I didn't bring my running pants, and I can't run comfortably in jeans so I ended up not running more than a few times for a month. When I got back home I started over completely, week 1 day 1 and made it to week 3 but I was struggling. The runs were getting h
  4. I run Monday, Wednesday, and Friday every week. I take it easy on my off days if I ran too hard the day before. I have the weekends off which I usually need after the Friday workout since - especially on the upper weeks - they can be pretty brutal. I currently don't do much more than walk around the house or lounge on my off days but I will soon start to do some strength exercises.
  5. I was about to post roughly the same thing. I was going to ask more about breathing and physical awareness tips. We get snow here but not a lot (I think we got a foot last year and there are still caterpillars around this year so we're supposed to have a mild winter apparently?) and I've run through knee-high snow in the past wearing just a light coat or hoodie in a level 3 emergency so I'm not particularly worried about the snow or cold in general in the form of what I should wear (OP it really depends on your personal sensitivity to cold and how much snow you get. Sweatpants and a packable d
  6. Tomorrow is Week 5 Day 3 - forgot to mention that
  7. "Brute force" seems to be the way that works for me. I imagine the app as a personal trainer with the support and encouragement of a drill sergeant. Whenever I want to stop even though I know pushing harder isn't going to hurt me, I just imagine what my drill-sergeant-trainer would say to me for wanting to stop. My brain automatically yells at me and it motivates me to keep going because it's usually right. I haven't had to stop for a legitimate health reason yet and each time I push myself a little harder, I usually come out of it feeling great, and suddenly the next day doesn't seem so bad.
  8. Week 5 day 3 for me and I'm apprehensive. I handled Day 2 fairly well yesterday (tired and wanted to stop but I never stop unless I feel something is terribly wrong or will go terribly wrong if I don't,) but yesterday I had that 5 minute break to recover both my breath and strength before my next 8 minute run. Tomorrow I have to run 20 minutes straight, and I'm not sure if I can do it.
  9. It is definitely all mental. As long as you have a rhythmic breathing and steady pace, you can go as long as your brain will let you. I struggled yesterday (Week 5 day 1) and there were at least 3 times during that where I had the thought of "I'm not going to be able to finish this one without a break. I'm going to have to stop and rest. This is the one that ruins me." And even though it was absolute agony that last stretch, I kept saying "only a minute and a half left... only a minute left... only 30 seconds left..." and while most people will start to feel more tired while thinking "oh gosh
  10. A lot of that "weight" could also be muscle. Instead of just weighing yourself, try measuring your waist every month. If you drop an inch or two you'll know you're losing fat and building muscle. I have this system I'm doing with this app where every 3 weeks I log my waist measurement and current weight. This way I can monitor if my weight loss is fat loss, or if I don't lose weight, muscle gain. I'm new to the running world and am also learning things myself but if your left leg hurts, could it be possible that you're landing/leaning too hard on it? I realized a few years ago tha
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