I'm 5'9 and my best friend is 5'0 and when we walk together, she has to jog to keep up with my normal walking pace.
When she started running and she finally ran a mile, I asked her what her pace was and she told me 4.5 mph... I almost said, "That's walking" but I remembered the difference and told her how proud I was of her. :-)
I'm 5'3" and I can run @ 7mph for an hour. It is not so much about height, it's about what shape you are in. If you practice, no matter how tall you are, you will get faster. Taller people may have longer strides but they also have more wind resisitance and a greater load to carry so it evens out. Shorter people generally make better distance runners. So follow the program and practice. Your speed will increase over time. Gaurenteed!
I don't think a different workout is needed for shorter folks. I'm 5'1", a pipsqueak, but I can walk 4.0 mph on the treadmill with no difficulty. Your fitness level and ability also play a part in how well you can run. I used to find 5 - 5.5 mph really fast last year. Now, it's a steady, manageable pace that I can maintain for over a mile.
That said, since taller folks have the longer strides, they have an advantage. But there are also plenty of tall people who'd still have a hard time walking at 4.0 mph.
I FULLY agree with LIOAAT. The beginner pace is SUPER fast for us shorties! In fact, I am glad someone else addressed this because I was wondering why everyone else's "jogging" seems to be so much faster than mine. Maybe an article on different tworkouts for different sizes would be a good idea!
7/23/2008 6:42:24 PM
It seems that every workout for running or walking I find is for taller people. I'm 5'1" and at 3.5 mph I'm not warming up, I'm jogging. It would be nice to find a w/o to build endurance if you are "height challenged" .
Darcboom and Jacqui212, I'm with you guys. I can go for about 20 minutes on the treadmill at a 10% incline at 4.8-5 mph pace. If I ran at 6mph for 8 minutes, I think I would be spent after the 8 minutes - there's a BIG difference between 5mph and 6mph! I'm also just under 5'4" - I wonder if this pace is easier if you are taller. Longer legs = longer stride = less effort.
I think I'm an Ultra ULTRA beginner. On a really good day, I can jog at 5mph for 9 minutes and then go back to a 4mph walk but that is all I can do. Is there somewhere I can look for help to improve that? I don't know how to adjust this for me.
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