I’m (still) trying to lose weight and have found that running is the least objectionable form of exercise to me and since I believe that the best kind of exercise is the kind you actually do i’m going to stick with it. I want to get the most out of the time I spend doing it as well though, ideally I would like to improve my stamina so I can burn more calories per session in the hope that it will have an accumulative effect. In other words over time I will be able to run further which will cause me to lose more weight which will allow me to run further and so on.
What I am wondering at the moment is whether I am better off having a set distance or a set time in mind for my runs. So which of these two scenarios would give me the best results:
Running a fixed distance each day, for example 5k, then when my times come down enough increasing it to 6k and so on.
Running for a fixed time each day, for example 30 minutes, then when my distance covered within that time improves increasing it to 35 minutes and so on.
I find my runs are better when I have a fixed goal, running ‘until i’ve had enough’ usually causes me to stop a long way short of what I am capable of so I definitely need to have a fixed goal for each day to keep me honest. Of course there may be a third option i’m not thinking of so I would be open to any other suggestions.
For what it’s worth I have started tracking my runs on Runkeeper, my two runs so far have been:
- 5km in 25:59
- 6km in 32:47
You can see by the amount I slow down in the last kilometre that this is pretty much my limit for now but I would really like to be able to get up to 10k, the question is how to go about it.