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Where I live (TX, USA) we've been fortunate this year. We've been hammered with enough rain to finally lift us out of the crushing drought that we've been in for the last decade; with that, we've had marginally cooler temperatures. However, it also means that we've been beset with high (for us) humidity. I attempted to run last week, a 2x20minute, as a bridge to the final 5K workout. It wast 85F and 80% humidity. Needless to say, I chose to abort the run and head home about 3/4 of the way through. I could feel the cramping coming on.

So, I was very back-and-forth about what to do. I could try rising very early and running before I go to work; I already get up at 0500 so that would be quite the adjustment. Or, I could try using a treadmill; not a huge fan of those, but it's an option. Fortunately, the rain finally broke and the humidity has receded somewhat. It's still high, but it's been around 50%.

I was hoping to finish big this past Friday, at a local race. However, due to aforementioned rain situation, the course was shortened to 4k. Otherwise, we would have torn up the field from all the mud and rain. So while I jogged the whole course, I did not consider that finishing.

This morning I finished a 5k run with my running buddy Michael. It felt less big than I thought it would, but still; now I really do have to pick a new goal. He suggested faster vs further; his rationale is that faster benefits further, but not necessarily the opposite.

I ended up with a pace that sits around 14:30/mile (9:00/k). It feels incredibly slow sometimes, but I will get faster :-D I'm still undecided what I should do to continue running over our long, miserably hot summer, though.
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Today I conquered the workout I was doing when I had that terrible run on Sunday. I won't lie, I was scared! I even considered giving up for all of 10 seconds, before I realized I'd just have to start over. . . again. Today the weather was cold, about 70F and periodic drizzle. But I went anyway, and was grateful for the rain and drippy trees. They helped cool me off while I was running, and I did great! Just run that workout two more times, and I'll be ready for the full 5k workout.

I think the best thing about this program is that it's taught me how to deal with the unexpected while running. Truthfully, most of the unexpected situations are expected, after a while. A little rain? No need to panic, it'll be okay; I'm wet anyway from the sweat. Stitch in the side? It's not a disaster, just slow down a little bit for a few minutes. I recovered from a stitch today and I felt great that I managed to do that without panicking :-D
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I had a shitty, shitty run today. I'm in week 7 - and I've sailed through everything else so far. This week is 3x12minutes with 3 minute walks in between. I tanked at minute 10 of the second interval, and walked the rest of the way home. I felt awful. There were a lot of factors.

I was running mid-day, which I never do, and the sun was brutal; hardly any shade and nary a breeze to boot. It only got to 85F today, but the humidity was in the 80's% as well. I wasn't well hydrated - halfway through my first interval my mouth was already getting gummy. My stomach was being touchy. I also started pushing my pace more than I should have. I've been around 5MPH and often I don't realize how my pace has crept up. After I stopped running, I walked home and actually made it right at the end of the workout. All told I traveled 5k (3.2 miles) but walked almost the entire second half of it.

Over the last 10 hours, I put down over 1/2 gallon of fluid + electrolytes, plus several glasses of iced tea with dinner, and I finally had a decent pee and am feeling truly better. I'll be trying again tomorrow or Tuesday after work, weather permitting. The forecast is thunderstorms from here to the end of the month, it seems like (can't complain too much, given the drought.)

My friend is giving me a free treadmill :-) So that's awesome, should be good for when the weather creeps over 90F and it's particularly nasty during the day.

Go go go

May. 4th, 2015 06:57 pm
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My running buddy asked me what my goal was, and I replied "to run a 5k". He said, "you can already run a 5k, I guarantee it." I replied that I thought he was full of crap, and he offered to pace me the next run we did, and see how far we got. Lo and behold, on Sunday, we ran 4 miles (6.4k) and I only had to walk a few minutes in between! It took us about an hour. We averaged 17:30/mile, so certainly a slow run. But, nonetheless, it was running.

I revised my goal to, "a 5K in under 40 minutes". I'm still a novice and I still need to finish the program.

Leading up to that, I did two runs with 4-minute intervals, and a run with 6 minute intervals. I actually did the 6-minute segment on Friday evening, and I had run on Thursday as well. I wasn't sure if I was overdoing it, but with my arm messed up, my entertainment options are limited :-/ I can't knit, crochet, play video games (for very long) or cook much. (I'm doing keto as well, which has done a lot to teach me that I'm an emotional eater, and a boredom eater.)

So, I went running two days in a row. It didn't seem to give me an issue, but I got home today and really, really wanted to go. However, I don't want to fall into the trap of doing too much too fast.

Back at it

Apr. 28th, 2015 09:01 pm
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So I restarted C25K a few weeks ago - I didn't make it through the program (again), but I'm trying again anyway. I'm up to week 4. This time, I have a (human) running buddy/co-worker that I meet up with every Sunday; he's a much better and more accomplished runner than I, and it's nice to have someone to learn from. For Sunday, we just go out; no routines or specified pattern, just running till I'm tired and then walking till I'm ready to go again. While running should seem pretty elementary, apparently there are bunches of ways to do it wrong.

Apparently I run way, way too fast on the running portions; apparently my legs aren't supposed to feel like they're going to give out on me by the end of it. At least, not at my current weight and ability level. He suggested I scale my pace back; when I complained that I felt like I was going nowhere, he pointed out that the difference between 5mph and 4mph is the difference between quitting and finishing. So this week, I am really, really focused on keeping a slow, sustainable pace. If I get very winded, I slow down - pride be damned.

It really paid off! I sailed through today's run (4 minute jogs/1 minute walks) easily. I am pretty excited.

My preferred exercise is lifting, but my right arm is messed up with cubital and carpral tunnel, as well as an irritated ligament in my elbow; so for now, I'm banned from lifting, which means I'll be mostly focused on running for the next few months.
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I fell off the wagon again. My last run was a few days after my last post - I couldn't make it through the last day of week 5 due to period pain. I have endometriosis, and it was awful trying to even walk - but, after the worst had passed, I should have started running again. I didn't, and one missed week turned into another, and here we are 6 weeks later. I could have been done with the program by now if I had stayed with it.

Regardless, yesterday I started over with W1D1.

Fortunately my heart is still in good shape, and conduction is in good shape - only minor PVCs compared to previous tests. My valves are a bit more leaky than they used to be, so I might be looking at a mitral valve replacement sometime, but not soon.

The interesting thing is that I've been temporarily moved to the cardiac rehab unit. After patients have a cardiac event, (surgery, stents, valve replacement, etc) they come and exercise 40 sessions while hooked up to the monitor, and we make sure they're in good rhythm and exerting appropriately. I decided I'd rather be one of the energetic looking ones, rather than the fat old guys plodding at 1mph.
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Week 4 of my program has 4 minute running intervals; week 5 has 8 minute running intervals. There is an optional week, 4.2, that has three 6 minute running intervals. That's what I'm working on this week. And I am so proud of myself, since I have made it through each running interval thus far :-D I never imagined that I would be running six minutes at a clip, AND completing all the intervals of the program!

Burlap's head collar came a few days ago, and it has been heaven running with him. He's much more well behaved (not that he was terrible before, but it was borderline) and very good to take with me. He hated it for the first 0.25 mile on Monday, and kept trying to paw it off his face. It slowed us down a considerable amount, but he got the hang of it after that.

Today my country is in the grip of the ARCTIC BLAST OMG. Temperatures here have been hovering around 50F/10C during the day; when I did my run it was 40F/4C. I don't have a lot of cold-weather gear, since these temperatures are usually the lowest of the low that we see around here. I layered up pretty well: leggings, shorts, socks, vibrams, tank top, long sleeve shirt, short sleeve shirt, gloves, and a bandana to cover my ears. I'm a fashion disaster when I run, but I also want to be very, very visible. I was very cold during my warmup, and the wind cut right through me. By the end of my second interval, I was very warm indeed and quite comfortable.

My cardiologist has me doing testing this week (I have a heart conduction defect for no discernible reason, and the good Dr. wants to fully work me up since I've met my medical deductible for the year XD) So I had a heart monitor on all day, and I'm supposed to do everything I'd usually do. I did bring an extra pack of electrodes with me, and I'm glad I did; the electrode on the left side of my ribs is right at bra band level, so I had to change it out about 2/3 through the run. It wasn't well adhered and I don't want to have to repeat the tests.
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Monday I ran Week 4 day 1, and today I did W4d2. I did better today than Monday! The biggest problem I have is that my calves are on fire by the time I'm in the second interval, and they stay that way till about halfway through the fourth one. But, overall, today was better than Monday :-D

Saturday I'm doing the Step Out for Diabetes walk, so I may not run. I'd do it Sunday morning instead.

I ordered a head collar for my favorite 80lb running partner. Part of our problem is that he's so short and stocky that I can't reach his collar for a correction without yanking like crazy on the leash. He heels well enough, but beside me; not behind me where I want him.
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There was virtually no difference between Thursday's run and this morning's run. Both about 2.26 miles, at 15:27/mile. But on Thursday I felt pretty good, and today I felt crummy. *shrug* I ran this morning fasted again (except a cup of coffee). It doesn't make sense to me, because it's not like the food in your stomach is digested enough to be of use while you're exercising. I had gotten good sleep both nights. *shrug*

Anyway, I'm already moving up to week 4 on Monday, but I'm not sure I'm ready for it. I can get through the intervals okay, but mentally I'm like, "I can't do it!"
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But a yoga update instead, related to running.

My husband and I do vinyasa (power) yoga at my hospital once a week, on Tuesdays. After two consecutive days of running on Sunday and Monday, my body wanted nothing to do with yoga and I struggled badly through the class. Holding the standing postures was nearly impossible, and I found myself coming up more than once. Even my back was grouchy in savasana. During the last posture, our instructor said something to the effect of, "let go of whatever you're holding on to. If you don't do as well as you want, reserve judgement and be kind to yourself. You will get other chances." That helped let it go, and I didn't even notice it till my husband pointed it out.

And the twists! Oh gosh, I felt every hip flexor and gluteal muscle screaming at me when I started doing the twists. Methinks I need to carve out time for more stretching after running.

I have an exam tomorrow and then a run in the evening. This weekend we turn our clocks back, which means the return of the Vibrant Green Jacket for visibility. On the upside, the cooler weather might mean the bugs will die off. That would be rad.
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So I ended up running yesterday and today because of scheduling this week. I tried to space them out as far as I could.

Yesterday was not as easy as the 2.5 run/2.5 walk had been previously, but I got through it. I ran fasted, and while the day was heating up. It's been 90F+ here this week :-( Burlap seemed to be more trouble but it might have been my crummy mood that made it seem that way. He was a stray and he eats bugs, nuts, leaves, just about anything, really. But for the most part he heels, I think I was just so grumpy about doing poorly.

Tonight's run went pretty well - it's 3 run/2 walk. I'm really enjoying this program. In the last interval, the guide starts talking and tells you that it's the last bit, and that the crowd is going wild for you! And the rest of the interval is people cheering, as if from the sidelines. It sounds corny, but it helped me push through when I thought I was going to quit, and made me feel like I wasn't alone.

I got home and stretched, and sat at the table chatting with my husband. I realized that I felt utterly fantastic after my run!
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I had two points, one in each of the first two intervals, where I felt as though I couldn't make it. The second interval was incredibly slow - maybe only 4.5mph. But by the fifth and final interval, I felt fantastic.

Burlap continues to be a pretty good running companion, and requires fewer corrections. He still tends to try to run in front of me when I turn left, though. In July, on one of my previous c25k attempts, he darted in front of me when I was going all out and sent both of us tumbling down the sidewalk. He had noticed something moving in the shadows; turns out it was one of those little American flags our HOA plants in everyone's yard around the 4th. Despite repeated correction, he still tends to bump into my legs when we're out and about.
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Today's assignment is to run 2.5 minutes, walk 2.5 minutes x 5 repeats It went pretty well, and I ran after dinner. I'm hoping that I ran early enough that it won't impact my sleeping *crosses fingers*. It was really enjoyable, and I feel good that I was able to make it through all of the intervals without stopping early!
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Today was supposed to be my third day this week of running, but I did the AHA Heart Walk with my workplace today. So instead of running, I walked 5k. I had planned on being awesome and running either before or after the HW, but that didn't happen. I'll do the podcast run tomorrow.

I've still been pretty good with the 2 minute jogs - I almost feel as though I'm not working hard enough. But, I'm supposed to run slow enough to make it to the end of the interval, even if it feels as though I'm holding back. I'm so frightfully slow that it hardly feels as though I'm making progress.
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I did the workout today without any issue - woot! But I run so very slowly that I only went 1.4 miles, so I added an extra .6 walk with the dog to make up 2 miles. It was pouring when I woke up this morning, so I had to run after getting home. I ate a really light dinner, waited about an hour and then headed out.

I thought that jogging for 2 minutes would be impossible at my current level of fitness, but it wasn't bad at all. I guess I've been running too fast before? I tried to keep it slow enough that I could give the dog commands while running.

I'll see how I feel during yoga tomorrow :-D
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I've started c25k twice this year, and failed out around week 6 and week 4, respectively. Something would happen, or I'd get really behind on schoolwork and stay up too late, or the weather would be miserable, and then I would be sunk.

But, these last two weekends I've done two 5k's with my work mates - we walked both of them. We participated in the ROC race and the Color Run. I would like to work up to running them instead.

I'm going to try the 5k101 podcast program, since the music is exactly what I want to listen to and I think I would benefit from the coaching he gives during the program. I've used a couple of different apps in the past, and have been pretty happy with them; I want to try something different. The apps I've used start out with a 30s run period; the podcast begins at 2 minutes, and increases each run interval by 2 minutes/week for the first few weeks.

I have a few obstacles against me - I work full time as a nurse, and I know from past experience that I have to exercise prior to work or it won't happen. That means I wake up around 0400 if I want to exercise. I'm also in school for my BSN and have an ungodly commute. I love my team, my work, my clinic, and my patients, which is why I tolerate the 45-60 minute commute each way. One of my problems is that if anything throws off my schedule, it's very difficult for me to get back on track. It's difficult to do anything after work short of make dinner, pack lunches, and fall into bed; even my weekly yoga class at the hospital puts a cramp in my day, since I don't get home until an hour before bedtime.

I am very lucky that I live in TX, if only for the fact that it will stay warm here well into December. Even in January, it's very unlikely I'd be running in below freezing temperatures. I've been giving some thought to joining a YMCA program, though. I haven't decided yet. I despise treadmill running, but some of them have indoor tracks. Typically I don't mind running at night, and I live in an incredibly safe area. But it would be nice to have options for truly inclement weather.

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