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Hello RA: I am struggling with weight, with flexibility, with speed, upper body strength, lower body strength, discipline, and all of the mental issues when you try to take on a new life changing habit.
With all that said, I decided tonight to pursue speed work and ran repeater time sprints. 30 seconds as fast as I could - shooting for 1 minute of sustained hard running. I was able to only run max 40 seconds and rested between repeaters anywhere from 15 seconds to 1 minute. I did this 6x.
Then I came home and did cheater pushups against a door, 2 sets of 20 and semi-cheater squats using the door jam 2 sets of 20. I walked today versus run due to being almost sick from running over the weekend in the heat (at 8:30 a.m.). I walked several times today totalling about 90 minutes. I am struggling, but trying to attack and am not struggling to the point of stopping. I am going to really keep track of this day by day and see where I am next Monday as far as improvement, any small increase. I hope to do the repeater sprints 3 days in this week, the 6x of fast running for 30 seconds with the 30 second rest. There you have it - my struggle in far too many words....
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10/29/11 5k Chocolate Beano 42.52
Distance. And started having knee pain. I think I need new running shoes. That is my reward for making it through C25K.
I get worn out quickly and my legs get tired.
Overheating and dehydration. Last year I ran outside, usually in the morning when it was cool (under 70 degrees). The wind resistance from running was enough to keep cool. This year due to a move and scheduling changes most runs are on a treadmill. Running in place in dead air turns a normally "uncomfortably comfortable" run into a downright miserable one.
C25K - graduated 7/9/10
Justiceworks' JustRun 5K - 9/4/10: 24:52
American Cancer Society Walk/Run 5K - 9/19/10: 24:20
Lettie's River Run 5K - 10/9/10: 24:59
I am struggling with being able to run a whole race. I generally have to slow down to a fast walk from time to time. I am doing this less and less though. I started the c25k in January and now I am doing a summer series where I am running a 5k every week. After running a 10k, I decided to do the Diva half marathon which is in October. I started training for that last week....Hope I can complete my training without too much of a struggle.
Seems like speed is the thing I'm struggling with lately, going really slow. I'm working on distance/endurance but that seems to kind of come naturally and incrementally. Like jahluv I also struggle sometimes with my legs and feet just feeling heavy and getting sort of sore, not enough that I'm changing my stride, but enough that it prevents me from going faster and makes me want to stop sooner. Oh and my left foot keeps falling asleep lately. Not sure if I'm not stretching well enough, need new shoes, or what. It'll only happen the last 3-4 minutes of my 25 minute runs but still frustrating.
C25k Completed 08/19/11
OHR Completed 10/23/11
5k 09/24/11: 39:10
2011: 280 miles, ~14:00 mm avg
2012: 321.2 miles (so far)
I have issues with losing steam. I am able to force myself to complete whatever run I am supposed to do, but sometimes it takes EVERYTHING I have! I need to look at nutrition and hydration as a possible fix. The problem is that I am running over 1 hour now and really need to figure this out if I want to successfully increase my distance.
"Spectacular achievements are always preceded by unspectacular preparation" ~Roger Staubach
Started C25K - April 18, 2011
Graduated C25K - June 17, 2011
Started Hal Higdon's Half Marathon Program - June 19, 2011
First 5K - July 2, 2011 Time: 34:21
2nd 5K - August 13, 2011 Time: 33:18
Mainly self discipline. I find myself a bit bored when I run and hyper conscious of slapping my feet into the ground and all the body jarring and methodical breathing. I start having the thought... hmmm... what if I just stopped with the running motions and had a nice walk instead? That's a bit ridiculously my biggest challenge.
Heat and humidity seem to be my enemies! With temps getting to be well over 100 degrees by 10am and humidity greater than 50% most days, running outside is getting to be kind of miserable! The heat seems to make you tire faster (especialy with no breeze) and the humidity makes it harder to breath. I try to get out early (by 8), but if that doesn't happen, my day is shot for running. I guess this means I'm going to have to break down and get a gym membership.
"Have patience with all things, but chiefly have patience with yourself. Do not lose courage in considering your own imperfections, but instantly set about remedying them- every day a task anew."
-St. Francis DeSales
my heart rate: I should not elevate it above 155, because then my blood pressure rises in unhealthy hights.
I would love to run faster but I can't with a 155-pulse.
If I would run as fast as other runners, my heart rate would be around 160/165.
I would love to get my heart rate DOWN so I could run freely and not hold myself back all the time.