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    So against all odds (read: never exercised in my life) I've taken up running.

    Question: is it more beneficial to work on increasing speed over same distance (as in complete my 3km faster) or maintain speed over a further distance (as in increase to 3.5km/4km).

    I am wanting to increase my overall fitness level. Not so much chasing any world records.

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    ETA: how far should I be running?
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    Maintain speed over a further distance

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    I would maintain speed over further distance to increase stamina. Then as u get fitter u could work on your speed if u want.

    When I used to run (so long ago!) I used to just fix my pace and work on running a little further each time. I think if I worked on speed I'd just end up falling over and hurting myself

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    Definitely maintain your speed (staying in the 'aerobic' range) over a longer distance to begin with. Concentrating on increasing speed (and going anaerobic) too early will lead to injury.

    Aerobic exercise is also a lot more efficient at burning fat than anaerobic.

    Once you have reached your goal distance, then you can switch to speedwork, which will pay huge dividends in your aerobic capacity, i.e. your ability to stay in the aerobic range for as long as possible.

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    Thank you ladies.

    Ok so I extended to approx 3.5km this morning and was able to jog the whole distance without stopping (much to my surprise).

    Just not sure what sort of distance I should be aiming for?

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    Extend your distance by no more than 10% per week. Maybe aim for 5km, then when you can do that comfortably aim for further.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Teenz View Post
    Extend your distance by no more than 10% per week. Maybe aim for 5km, then when you can do that comfortably aim for further.
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    I will go against the grain here and say both - mix it up. Some workouts should be about increased distance, some about speed/high intensity. Improvements in one will help the other.

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