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You Can Run a Mile Without Stopping

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    I think I am going to try this. My first fitness goal for 2012 is to be able to run 1 mile without stopping. This looks like a perfect plan to help make this happen. - 12/16/2011 9:20:45 PM
  • I have never ran in my life except from someone. My mom always raised my sisters & I saying that "girls do not run". We never followed an exercise routine but hey I was only 118lbs when I married at the age of 20. Then I got pregnant & my husband became abusive so I leaned to food for support. Well now after 1 ex-husband, 1 new wonderful husband, 1 more pregnancy & 15 years & 265lbs later I have started the Couch 25k. Although I can only make it through the first 15 minutes of the program for week one ( been doing it for 3 weeks). I have lost 6.5lbs & found that I actually like to run!!!
    - 9/10/2011 10:28:19 AM
  • I have osteoaritis in my lower back but I can walk 8 miles everyday. Tried running once and had to take pain meds for 2 days and couldn't walk more than 5 miles. Took 2 weeks to get back to my normal pace of a 15 min mile. Running is not for everyone. - 7/23/2011 1:24:41 PM
    I want to run the Race for the Cure this year and I have been working at jogging a mile. I was doing my mile on the treadmill at 4 - 4.5mph and I would finish around 15 minutes. I went for an outdoor jog with a friend and she told me I was WALKING. I tried to jog at her pace and almost died!!! I now go for outdoor jogs (which seem harder than the teadmill, but I like them) by myself and am working at doing a .5mile at a bit faster pace. I thought once I am comfortable doing the .5mile at the slightly faster pace I can add distance. I'm not sure if this is the right approach but it is my current task each day.
    - 3/21/2011 11:02:23 PM
  • Oh NO I CAN'T!! - 1/24/2011 9:05:52 PM
  • Oh NO I CAN'T!! - 1/24/2011 9:05:44 PM
  • I tried a running program not too long ago, with not as much success as I had planned. I'm thinking it was because I pushed myself too hard and I thought if I went faster I'd train faster. NOT!! This time, I'm going to follow THIS program and start at a more slower, comfortable speed. Why push myself when I end up setting myself back? Great article! Loved it! - 7/26/2010 6:53:07 PM
  • I was so happy when I ran my first mile, I do not think I have ever done that, even as fit teen, praise the Lord it feels like I have finally accomplished something more than just battling for numbers with the scale.

    - 7/6/2010 12:20:34 AM
  • Thanks for this. I have been working with running about a minute to a minute and a half with a bout 3 minutes in between, but I am going to follow the chart and run more slowly so that I can run for longer periods of time. - 6/26/2010 10:08:51 PM
  • I decided to start running again. I haven't done it for years. I thought, "I'll see how far I can go before I 'need' to walk.'
    I made it the full mile. I ran a mile. I can still do it! Thank you for motivating me with this article. I'm a runner again. - 4/17/2010 12:42:53 AM
  • "they start out running way to hard" should be "they start out running way too hard

    --the grammar police - 3/22/2010 11:31:38 AM
  • The first thing that came to mind when reading "setting a fitness goal" was run around the park, which is mile. So this article was perfect for me. Thanks - 3/3/2010 10:27:44 AM
  • This is something I've been wanting to do for a long time. Started a few times, but gave up. Then earlier this month I downloaded a podcast from amazon dot com ("Personal Running Trainer - 4 Weeks to 1 Mile Training Program." This has been very helpful. I'm in my second week. It tells me when to run and walk and when its time for the cool down. - 12/22/2009 9:13:20 AM
  • At a high school speaking today. Will try this again after failing at it before. They have a rubberized track. We shall see. - 12/2/2009 7:43:31 AM
  • I've been using graduated plans like this to start running for a year and some change. I would always recommend it. However, whenever I've tried to make a jump from 1 minute of jogging to 2, or from 2 to 3, it ends up being way too much too soon.

    I was jog/walking 1 minute/1minute and increasing gradually to 1:30/1, 2:1, and finally, 2:30/1. I was making it through 30 minutes of 2/1 jog/walking with a little bit of difficulty, but it still felt like a good kind of effort. Unfortunately, I felt like a wimp for being 20 years old and unable to run for thirty minutes after three months of trying to train up to it, so I pushed to trying to run for 2:30 at a time with one minute walk breaks. The result? Shin splints. I haven't run in two weeks, I have to wrap both shins with ace bandages daily, and on doctor's orders I probably won't be running again for at least 2-3 months, and that's with a fast recovery.

    So if you're trying to run, and you're using a plan like this, congratulations. Keep working at it, and don't ever feel like a failure or a weakling because you're struggling with increasing your jogging intervals or total workout time. Take your time with training, appreciate your bad workouts as much as your good ones, and you won't end up injured on the sidelines like me.

    Remember: even if you're only running a minute out of every 5, you're still going faster than a person sitting on the couch. - 8/30/2009 10:30:45 AM

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