You may ask, "What is the best jogging speed?" The answer depends on your goals.
What are you trying to achieve?
Is distance more important to you than the time traveled to cover the miles you’re jogging?
If so you'll want to consider...
Developing Your Speed
When you begin jogging and especially if you haven't jogged before, speed is an element you will gain over time. There is no reason to rush to acquire a faster pace since doing so will only lead to injury.
It's more important to build a foundation allowing your body to comfortably adjust to your jogging demands.
Naturally if you're a 25-year-old your pace will come along much sooner than a 45-year-old. Younger bodies adapt to physical strain sooner than older ones and, if done correctly, with less injury.
Unfortunately, as we get older we tend to feel the aches and pains of exercise more than our younger counterparts.
Age and Prior Injuries
Your age and any prior injuries you've suffered may affect your jogging pace. And, unfortunately, pain isn’t always confined to one part of the body. The knees and ankles can also hurt from a faster than usual jog.
You don’t want to hurt yourself.
If you haven’t suffered any prior injuries while jogging than listen to your body. Don’t push too hard.
Accept your body’s limitations. Otherwise injuries await you and sometimes those injuries take a long time to overcome.
It's prudent to build speed over time by first determining the distance you want to travel. Are you training for a 5k for example and want to make your best time? Then think about the distance you need to complete (in this case 3.1 miles) and decide if you want to finish in 30 minutes or an hour.
Your fitness level and desire to complete the run dictates your jogging speed.
You might just be jogging a race for fun and that's terrific! On the other hand, if you're looking for your best performance you'll push yourself harder to finish in a shorter time.
Make incremental adjustments to your speed. Plan to pick up the pace for a minute or two each day to build endurance. Over time you’ll be jogging at a challenging but comfortable pace.
Certainly change it up your pace when you feel its too easy or you’ve hit a plateau. Incorporate interval runs and hill sprints to build your endurance further and increase your speed.
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