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  1. I had the same thought. I can run for 20 minutes, but I'm not running for 2 miles. Isn't that a little crazy for a beginning runner to think that we can run a 10 minute mile? Right now I'm lucky if I can do a 15 minute mile, but I'm working on time, not distance right now. I signed up for a 5K in a month, so I know I have to get there. And I will, but slooooooooowly. Wendy
  2. My guess is to get you ready for what comes after week 6. After week 6, it's all running from here on out, so you have to get used to it. I just made that realization today that there is no more walking in my training (besides warm up and cool down). Wendy
  3. When I first started using this app, I was the same. I would get to run 6 and only complete half, then I would skip 7 and 8 because I just couldn't do it. Today I just finished week 6 day 3, which is running for 22 minutes straight. It's up to you whether you want to repeat days, but I never did. I just kept moving forward. I'm not going to say that it gets easier (maybe after you complete the challenge), but it so worth it. Just remember why you decided to do this and stay focused. And try to push yourself a little further each time you run. I never thought I'd ever be able to run for 1 whole
  4. Abitofwit - I'm with you, except I was able to do the 3 minute run. It was the 90 second run that came after it that I struggled with. I ended up pausing the app and walked for about 10 minutes before starting up with the second 3 minute run. I have mapped out a 2 mile route, so I do walk a little bit extra in the beginning and end of the workout. Keep with it. It will be worth it. Every time I think about quitting because it's too hard, I just remind myself about how far I've come so far. I mean, a month ago, I never would've thought that I could actually run 3 minutes continuously. And right
  5. I'm new to running. I just started week 3 today and it was a struggle. I'm also running with a dog because we both need the exercise (she's overweight like me!). She walks/runs okay on the leash, until she sees another dog. That's why we have to run in the early morning. Well, today, I started off a little later than I should have and we encountered 2 dogs in their fenced in area when we were supposed to be running the 1st 90 seconds, so I only made it about 45 seconds before she started pulling me in all directions. So then we made it through the 90 second walk, then I made it through the 3 m
  6. I had similar issues. I would start each run, but I found myself stopping the run at around 60 seconds (or less sometimes). Out of 6 runs in the daily workout, I've probably made it all the way through at least 4 of them and at least started the other 2. I wasn't sure myself if I should progress to the next level since it didn't feel like I fully finished the previous level. I guess what I do is look at what the next week is going to throw at me and try to figure out if its something that I think I can handle. Currently, I started Week 3 today (jog 90 seconds, walk 90 seconds, jog 3 mins,
  7. I'm still using Map My Walk. I've been using it since I was just a walker, so I'm used to starting it when my exercise starts. I'm more interested in knowing my distance than speed. I like to go over the different routes I've taken and how long it has taken me to complete each one. When I become a runner, I guess I could switch apps, but I would probably still start it as soon as I walk out the door.
  8. Personally I think breathing 2 in and 1 out would be too fast for me. My friend, who runs half marathons, gave me the tip of 3 in and 2 out. I would use this technique when I was walking uphill and it definitely helped me get up the hill easier. Now that I started running, I don't count anymore, but I do try to slow down my breathing as I am running. You have to be more conscious of your breathing.
  9. Good afternoon everyone. I'm Wendy, 42 and I'm a first time runner. Wow! I feel like I joined a 12 step program (I guess I kinda did! lol). I started getting pains when I stood for long periods and I noticed that I would lag behind everyone when we would go places, so I decided to get into shape. I started walking about 2 years ago. My dog and I would take 3 mile walks 3 days a week. I enjoyed our walks, but they were getting tedious and they took forever! The other problem I have is that I don't have a well trained dog, so we have to walk either when it's dark outside or early in the morning.
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