Struggling

Dec. 2nd, 2014 09:11 pm
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I had a go at week 4 on Thursday and, not even slightly. I just about managed 3 minutes at 10 kph, and then I was in no way recovered in the 90 seconds walking break. So I thought, ok, week 4 is too hard, I'll try alternating 3 minutes running and 3 minutes walking four times, cos that's about half way between week 3 and week 4. But by the end of 3 minutes walking I was still really struggling for breath, and pretty close to full-on asthma, so I gave up at that point. I am not sure if there's any specific reason why I managed 3 minutes before but couldn't on Thursday, I suspect it may have been that the 5 minute walk wasn't enough of a warmup to attempt something right at the limit of my ability.

So today I dropped back to week 3 and... didn't manage to complete that either. I did 90 seconds, 3 minutes, 90 seconds and just gave up halfway through the second three minute interval. Maybe I could have completed it and just ran out of willpower, I'm not sure. Again, I felt like I was close to asthma so I think I was probably right to stop short. So I'll keep doing week 3 until I can properly manage it with the running intervals at 10 kph.

Washout

Oct. 28th, 2013 05:04 pm
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The sun came out from the clouds briefly, and I thought I'd be virtuous and take the opportunity to go out for today's run, and save having to go to the gym. As I probably should have predicted given the general weather situation, the clouds closed in again and it started raining heavily just about as soon as I'd got to the point of my loop furthest away from home. I decided to keep going anyway, because I was going to get nearly as wet if I turned round and went home.

Totally awful run. It hurt to breathe, I ran for 10 minutes and then took a break, then just about dragged myself through a second 10 minutes slower than walking pace but nominally jogging. Even trying to follow my strategy of slowing down rather than giving up, I couldn't manage more than 20 minutes, and if I'm honest that pretty much triggered a mild asthma episode.

I don't know if it was the fact that the rain and wind were making me too cold to be able to run sensibly, or if this endless cold is still irritating my lungs, or if it was just bad luck. I'm just really frustrated at the moment. I couldn't run in August or September due to travel and then respiratory illness, and when I started again at the beginning of the month, I felt optimistic that I'd lost a little bit of fitness but I would soon recover. But no, I feel as if I've been getting steadily worse throughout October, started out being able to run 3.5 km in 30 minutes, later just barely managed 3.2 or less, and today I couldn't even complete the gentlest 30 minute run. Today may be a one-off and not part of a trend, of course, but still.

It may be that the answer is that I have to resign myself to running in the gym over the winter months, but I do find it much harder to motivate myself to do that than to go for a jog round the park. Anyway, I'll see if next time is any better.
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It was really nice evening, cool and dry but sunny. I started out feeling enthusiastic, but my lungs started hurting in an incipient asthma kind of way, so I only ran for 15 minutes. Really annoying.
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Two failed attempts. I seem to have completely lost my ability to run for 30 minutes without a break. When I was struggling with running at my goal pace, I slowed down to what should be an easy pace for me, but I still couldn't make it and had to take a break in the middle to walk for a bit and catch my breath. 4.0 km including the warmup two days ago, 3.9 km including the warmup today. And my legs feel worse than they usually do after a good run, my feet and my ankles and my calves and my shins are a bit sore, not painful but enough to think I shouldn't put any more demands on my lower legs. I don't know what's wrong; maybe some low-grade inflammatory crud?

With all this, I think the best plan is to declare that next week is going to be a rest week. I have an intimidating amount of Passover prep to do anyway. I'll start again after Passover, and I declare it here so that the planned 10 days off doesn't turn into giving up altogether.
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My day 3 run is 5 km continuously. I increased the speed from 6.8 kph to 7 kph, and it went surprisingly well. I managed 8 songs or just about 3/4 of the distance at 7 kph, then dropped to 6.5 kph mainly because if I promise myself I can slow down when I get to a certain point, I have to stick to that otherwise I won't be able to bribe myself any more in the future.

Unfortunately I took forever to get going today, and the gym closes early at weekends, so just as I got to 4.5 km they threw me out because it was time for the gym to close. I did that 4.5 km in 39 minutes, so I was totally on track to finish in 44 minutes. In fact I was contemplating speeding up again for the last stretch, I definitely wasn't in doubt I was going to finish.

Oh well, it's a good thing I dragged myself out to the gym rather than telling myself that it was too late and I might as well skip this one. It was a good run, too, I generally felt I was on top of things and could keep going for as long as I wanted. I doubt my fitness will suffer significantly for missing that last five minutes.
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I did manage to keep up my running habit over Xmas, but what I haven't done for several weeks is drag myself out of my warm cosy house, away from the shiny internet, and into the cold dark night to walk to the gym. Today I did that, in spite of the nasty cold foggy weather.

What I didn't manage to do was actually complete my 30 minute run :-( I gave up after 22.5 minutes, and I don't even know why, I just couldn't make myself keep going. 3.2 km in 27.5 minutes, including the warmup, so 8' 36'' /km, which isn't a bad pace. And not long ago I would have been immensely proud of a two-mile run at all.

I think the most relevant factor was that I haven't been on a treadmill since 21st December, and I've lost the habit even though I have of course kept my fitness up. I think the disadvantage of the treadmill compared to real running is that if I'm getting tired or bored I can't easily slow down a bit for half a minute or so until I overcome the barrier.

This is the first time I've bailed out on a run since my first attempt at the 20 minute run from the end of Week 5. I think my best bet is to repeat day 1 again on Saturday, so that I can remind myself what successfully running for 30 mins feels like. It's a little thing, but I think I need to delete I'm gonna be an engineer from my running playlist; even though she's being sarcastic, being bombarded with lyrics about how "you" will never accomplish anything because you're a girl is probably not good psychologically.

Oh well, still made 15K steps today, and I can feel proud of restarting my gym habit after a break. Onwards!
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Today it was cold but sunny, decided to risk running anyway. The measured temperature was 8°C, but by running in direct sunshine it was warm enough for my lungs to cope. Having reached the end of week 5 (albeit a day behind schedule), I was supposed to just run for 20 minutes continuously. I managed 12, which is still 50% more than I've ever done before. I think I probably went slightly too fast, though I thought I was going slowly; the average pace was 9'9'' per km (so really quite a lot faster than I managed the midweek workout of 2 x 8 minutes). And maybe I could have pushed myself a little bit more, I'm not sure; I'm finding it slightly hard to tell.

Plan for next week is to repeat Week 5 and see if I can manage the full 20 minutes this time. And if not in one chunk, I will make myself do it in two, rather than giving up once I'm exhausted.
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I didn't quite complete the Week 4 workout. But on the plus side, I did succeed in restarting after a week off; thanks [personal profile] rmc28 for making a pact with me that we'd both start again this weekend. I managed to drag myself to the gym though I was nearly rooted to my chair having a lazy weekend. (Unquestionably too cold to run outdoors today, in spite of the tempting bright winter sunshine.)

Things I can be proud of: moving at pace (set by the treadmill) for all but the last 2 1/2 minutes. Completing my first continuous 5 minute run, even if I couldn't finish the second long one. Running for a total of 13 1/2 minutes, compared to a maximum of 9 in the previous workouts. Average pace over the whole thing 8'54'' /km – first time under 9 mins/km, so that's considerably faster than I've managed up to now!

As for not completing it, well. I've been off running for 10 days, so I'm possibly starting to be deconditioned. And I still have the remnants of last week's cold on my chest, which doesn't help. If I were running on my own and could slow down a bit during the long runs I think I could probably manage this. I think the thing that defeated me this time is that the recovery periods between the runs aren't long enough for me, certainly not the 90 second ones. After the second 3 minute session I had to walk for 2 minutes to be able to start running again at all, and still couldn't make it past 2'30''.

It's actually quite nice to have found the real (cardiovascular) limit of what I can do at the moment, so that I can try to push that limit. It may take me more than three sessions to actually complete Week 4, but we'll see.
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