More Jogging questions. The One Thing I Forgot to Ask.

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    Apr 26, 2013 5:38 AM GMT
    A couple of weeks ago, I asked for some advice about starting a jogging plan. I started it, and it wasn't until the third week that I forgot to ask the most basic question:

    How fast am I supposed to jog?

    Obviously it varies based on the goal, but what is the best way to increase endurance?

    When I started, I was jogging at a pretty fast pace, and ended up pretty winded at the end. When I looked at the article later, it said that you are suppsoed to be able to hold a conversation, and keep it slow.

    I'm not really sure what to do now, and I don't know a good indicator of speed for jogging. When I started I was going at a little over half of my max speed. Today, I tried going about twice my normal walking rate, and I didn't feel very challenged.

    Anyone got any ideas to help?
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    Apr 26, 2013 6:00 AM GMT
    What are your goals? To run faster? Or to run longer?

    There is no speed at which you "should" be running at, unless you have a specific goal. Like if you're training for a marathon or something.

    If you want to improve your endurance, then just run at a comfortable pace until you get tired. Then walk until you catch your breath, and pick up the pace again.
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    Apr 26, 2013 10:12 AM GMT
    Unless you are going for speed work you should run at a "conversational" pace. What that pace is and what your heart rate is when you do that can vary wildly. So if you have to catch your breath you are jogging too fast, again unless you are intentionally trying to do something where you run fast, then walk, then run fast, then walk, et cetera.
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    Apr 26, 2013 3:09 PM GMT
    xrichx saidWhat are your goals? To run faster? Or to run longer?

    There is no speed at which you "should" be running at, unless you have a specific goal. Like if you're training for a marathon or something.

    If you want to improve your endurance, then just run at a comfortable pace until you get tired. Then walk until you catch your breath, and pick up the pace again.


    My goal is to increase endurace/run longer.

    So what is considered comfortable? Like barely above walking? A slow running? Or should I just use by breathing rate as an indicator?
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    Apr 26, 2013 3:10 PM GMT
    RunnerMD saidUnless you are going for speed work you should run at a "conversational" pace. What that pace is and what your heart rate is when you do that can vary wildly. So if you have to catch your breath you are jogging too fast, again unless you are intentionally trying to do something where you run fast, then walk, then run fast, then walk, et cetera.


    Thanks for the advice, I'll try to find a good indicator for my personal speed.