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I want to work my way up to being able to do 5m/h. However, I also want to be able to run 3m in a half hour. I'm wondering how possible it will be to work on the goals at the same time... any advice?

Sun. Feb 18, 2:48pm

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Are you running at all now? If not, I would suggest starting slow - walking and running, until you build up to running straight for 30 min. Once you are able to do that, then you can start to focus on speed and/or distance. Working up to being able to run a 5K is a great goal, and it will help with both speed and distance. If you're just starting out, don't get overwhelmed. It is worth it!

Sunday, February 18, 2007, 3:04 PM

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check out coolrunning.com
They have schedules for beginners to follow that will get you gradually up to where you want to be.

Sunday, February 18, 2007, 3:21 PM

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I'm getting back into running after an almost 4mo hiatus. Currently able to run about 20 min, but only around 4.8 m (ok, so it's more like jogging than "running"...but it hasn't even been a week yet since I started). Though as mentioned, I'm talking 5 MILES, not 5k.

Has anyone here actually done that couch to 5k program? Cuz when I started running last year, I never got to the point of being able to run 5k in a half hour as the program suggests- and that was after three months of "training"...

Sunday, February 18, 2007, 3:47 PM

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Yes, I have done the program and it works. Before that I would try my own program and end up hurt. Something about that progrram and the structure of it made it so I didn't get injured. Plus I am goal oriented, I loved having the schedule to keep me going.

Sunday, February 18, 2007, 6:21 PM

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