Difficulties with Running Pace

by Danielle
(Leeds, UK)

I am 22 generally fit and healthy (5'6 9 1/3 stone), I go to the gym 2-3 times a week and found it pointless not being able to 'Do anything' with it so to speak.

That is when I thought
1) I hate being stuck in a gym.
2) You feel like you get somewhere when you run.
3) You can build up and in time run races/marathons.

The only problem is when I run I tend to get a tight chest, and my throat gets a little clogged. Is there anything that I can do to overcome this? This is the ONLY reason that has stopped me starting to run earlier.

I would be grateful for your feedback.

Kind Regards


Answer by Dominique:

Hi Danielle,
Thanks for your running question.
I could not agree with you more, running is so much better than anything else... :)

Don't know about the getting somewhere though, no matter how far I run I always end up back at my house again.

Anyway enough with the lame comments, I'd better make this short and sweet as I notice I am not at my most constructive at the moment.

What I think might be the issue is that you are running too fast. Most of your running should be done at what they call "conversational pace", i.e. the pace at which you can maintain a conversation. Also known as easy running.

Anything over that is too fast unless you are doing speed sessions. Base running should be the core of your running program.

Because it is "easy running" you should have relatively little difficulty with your breathing, clogged up throat etc, i.e. no more than what you normally have from gym work.

If you are already running at a relatively slow pace, you may want to consider taking a drink bottle when you run.
Also, you may just have to get used to the running. Consider easing into a running program, by taking some walking breaks in between.

As a relatively fit, young girl the beginner running programs on my site (see the beginner running tips - section) might start off a little too easy for you. But consider starting one of those running programs somewhere half way and pick it up from there.

Hope this helps.
Best of luck.

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