Jump to content

djplong

Members
  • Posts

    145
  • Joined

  • Last visited

  • Days Won

    4

Reputation Activity

  1. Like
    djplong got a reaction from blayne in I want to quit.   
    I had 'quitting thoughts' from time to time as well.  What worked for me is thinking about having thrown away everything I've done since last year, culminating in my meeting goals that would have been unthinkable last January.  The idea of going back to that person was definitely a disincentive.  So I put some more POSITIVE incentives out there.  
     
    I'm kinda into the bling, to be honest.  So I signed up for a challenge on the MakeYesHappen website.  When I run 31 miles in training (linked to and tracked by Runkeeper), I'll get this cool-looking New Year's medal.  They have other challenges ranging from 26 miles to over 90 miles (if memory serves) and the cost isn't that much.
     
    I signed up for the remaining "Freeze Your Buns 5K" series that the Gate City Striders put on in Nashua NH.
     
    I'm also scouring the web looking for half marathons to run.  I set a goal in Runkeeper of doing 13.1 miles in one session by the July 4th weekend.
  2. Like
    djplong got a reaction from dhagen02 in Get your hands off that phone!   
    I found myself constantly checking my phone - certainly more than I would like.  I was especially guilty when I was upping the amount of running time.
     
    What worked for me might seem counter-intuitive.  I bought an Apple Watch last November.  I wanted to be able to start and stop sessions more easily, especially since I was going to be in races starting in January.
     
    Well, now that I've run the long runs, I find myself checking the watch less.  Of course, I have Runkeeper (and, before that I had MapMyRun+) giving me updates in my ear every half-mile.  Those updates seem to satisfy most of my "need to know" when I've been doing my 4/1 intervals these past couple of weeks (4:00 jogging, 1:00 walking).  When I was on the longer sessions or in a race, I didn't much care about checking the watch at all because of the half-mile updates.
     
    But I *will* say that, if it wasn't for the music, I don't know that I could do this.  Even now, when a song comes on, I might mentally think (if it's a long one) "Ok, this one is long enough that I'll get the break AND the whole next jog interval in it" or something like that.  Just the way my brain works, I guess.
  3. Like
    djplong got a reaction from yolanda chaisemartin in I did it! I run a 10k! I loved every minute of it!   
    Linita&I - no one single thing I did was extraordinary.  I was lazy - still am, to a degree.  Each little thing built upon the previous one and that's how this started to become 'a thing'.  I mean, the list is a bunch of baby steps...
     
    - the picture from my stepdaughter (July 2014) putting something in my head.
    - buying new phones that tracked my steps (November 2014).
    - seeing that data and start to subconsciously want to 'up my numbers' - nothing serious (December 2014).
    - mapping out a 5K neighborhood walk to see if I could do it.
    - doing it.
    - wondering if I could run 5K someday.
    - seeing finisher medals for 5K races while surfing the net on running programs.
    - discovering the C25K system.
    - doing that first session (January 2015)
    - resuming C25K after being snowed out for 3 months (March 2015)
    - Setting a goal of running the Walt Disney World 5K and 10K races (in Jan 2016) and signing up for them (April 2015).
    - Struggling through various sessions but still making progress.
    - Failing sessions but, because I was tracking myself with an app (MapMyRun+), I could still see improvement from previous sessions.
    - Repeating sessions until I succeeded.
    - Getting a hip/leg injury (July 2015) that restricted my movements.
    - Getting a bike to ride around since I could still do that (August 2015)
    - Getting cleared to start running again (October 2015) and almost completely restarting the program from the beginning.
    - Not failing a single session and skipping a few as I felt almost too strong at times.
    - Doing the 30-minute run and continuing on to the C10K program.
    - Doing my first 60-minute run (more like a jog, as are ALL my 'running' intervals) a week before my plane left for Florida.
    - Running the races (Jan 2016).
    - Running three times a week to keep my legs going.
     
    There's no single "big step" in all of that.  They were all baby steps.  Tentatively, if my body will let me, I want to do half marathons this year.  If I can, maybe stretch that out to a marathon next year.  And then, in January 2018, maybe "do the Dopey" - the Dopey Challenge where you run the WDW 5K, 10K, Half Marathon and Marathon races on consecutive days.
     
    I'm not trying to be competitive - not with anyone but myself.  The goal is to finish.  I'm only proving things to myself.  And with the support I get form my wife, well, that makes it all the more easy.
     
    I know I sound like so many other people..  But if *I* can do it, well, most people can do it.
  4. Like
    djplong got a reaction from cobugi in Should I even do this?   
    I bought a knee brace and iced my knee down after every running session back when I was having trouble.  Also used ibuprofen (Advil) from time to time.  Now?  Not a lick of pain in my knees. 
  5. Like
    djplong got a reaction from ZKRGrammy45 in Should I even do this?   
    I bought a knee brace and iced my knee down after every running session back when I was having trouble.  Also used ibuprofen (Advil) from time to time.  Now?  Not a lick of pain in my knees. 
  6. Like
    djplong got a reaction from Speedingsloth in Progress log from the Granite State   
    Yesterday I discovered a 5K race practically next door to me that was happening TODAY.  It was the Freeze your Buns 5K series in Nashua.  This was apparently the 2nd of 5 races with a paltry $5 signup fee.  I showed up early this morning (16F when I got there), handed them a $20 and, when they went to give me my $15 change, I told them to keep it and register me for the remaining 3 races of the series.
     
    So I got bib #153 and ran, predictably, at the back of the pack until even the pack was a distant memory.  The good news is that I sliced between 4 and 5 minutes of my time at Walt Disney World.  Maybe the cold weather (it'd gotten up to 20F) was an incentive
     
    In two weeks, I'll do it again.  What insanity has possessed me?
     
    I also signed up at MakeYESHappen.com for a virtual challenge ($25).  Something to keep my feet to the fire.  They hook up with Runkeeper (among other trackers) so they automatically track your progress in the challenge.  (You can also add sessions manually)
  7. Like
    djplong got a reaction from tamap19 in C210k week 9 onwards - who's with me?   
    As of yesterday, I pretty much finished the 10K app.  Second straight W14 session (60 minute jog) and it went without a physical hitch.
     
    I had trouble with the 5K schedule - injuries had me on the shelf for a couple months and I had to repeat days, up to 4 times, before succeeding at some of the harder challenges.
     
    When I got back from my injury and almost completely restarted the 5K schedule, I blew through it like a hot knife through butter.  By the tail end, I was finally feeling my limits but my doctor says (and I agree) that it was good to build back up to that.
     
    So I went from the 5K to the 10K schedule - Weeks 9 through 14.  The shocker was that I didn't have to repeat a SINGLE DAY!  I was worried that I wouldn't have enough time to build up to a 10K - but I've run 10K in an extended session twice!  I feel ready for the races I signed up for (next week - plane leaves tomorrow).

    The more I think about it, the more it makes sense that going from nothing to 5K is a LOT more body-changing than going from 5K to 10K...
  8. Like
    djplong got a reaction from Speedingsloth in Progress log from the Granite State   
    Well..  I did it!  I made some mistakes along the way but I'm back in the hotel room after a nap after the 10K the day after the 5K.  My thoughts - in no particular order...
     
    - The 5K was done before I knew it despite me having a bit of a hard time transitioning from 'not running' to "running".  Had some aches and pains show up real fast - to the point I was wondering if my achilles was going to blow out - but it all went away and, before I knew it, the race was over!
     
    - Important Training Tip: Do NOT walk around Epcot and put another 8-9 miles on your feet after the 3.1 miles of the race after standing around for over an hour in the corrals after a couple of days of doing the parks at Disney when you have a 10K the following day!  Which brings me to:
     
    - A 10K in the rain is less fun than a 10K practiced on home turf.  THANK GOD I BOUGHT A HAT!  For a while, the rain started to let up but it came back plenty in the last third of the race.  My feet were soaked, sometimes my glasses fogged up BUT AT LEAST I COULD SEE BECAUSE I BOUGHT A HAT AT THE EXPO!
     
    - I had to take a lot more walk breaks than I wanted to in the 10K (I wanted to take NONE).  I got it down to a routine - uphills were walked and I'd set a target sometimes at which point I'd fast-walk for 60 strides.
     
    That being said, even though the 10K was less fun than I'd hoped because of the weather, I am SO glad I did this..  The proof?  Take a look!
     

  9. Like
    djplong got a reaction from Speedingsloth in Progress log from the Granite State   
    Yesterday was over an hour of jogging.  I feel like I've really completed the 10K schedule - and just in time.  Our flight to Florida is tomorrow morning.  Wednesday is the expo, Thursday the 5K and Friday the 10K.
     
    I've been thinking a lot of "What's next" and it seems to be staring me in the face.  If I can do 10K, I should see if I can stretch my body out to do 21.1K, 13.1 miles - the half-marathon.
     
    Over these past 9 months there's been a lot of encouragement, frustration (injury related) and disbelief.  I could never have gotten this far without my wife's full support.  My ex would have responded to my idea of running a 5K with a "sh-yea, right!" and, given my history, she would have had good reason.  But Susie, to whom I've now been married over 5 years, is going to be right beside me at the starting line (ok, the corral) even though she hasn't done the program.  Her decades of dance, however, will let her do the 5K without too much difficulty and the 10K will have her taking a lot of walk breaks.
     
    So now that the vacation is less than 24 hours away, I have to start checking out the calendars and pick this year's target races.  When I started this last year, I was also checking out the finisher medals.  Now?  I still want them - but I'm not checking them out the way I was when I started.  That being said, I can't wait to put these first two up on the wall when we get back!
  10. Like
    djplong got a reaction from Wendell in Scared to start   
    I dislike running.
     
    But I dislike being a couch potato more.
     
    Running is a means to an end, for me.  I've cut back my diet, stuck to the C25K program (now into C10K) and my goals are in sight.
     
    What are those goals?  Well, I've dropped a little more than 20 of the 47 pounds I wanted to lose.  I'm on track to run in a pair of races in Florida next month - and the finisher medals for those races have extra meaning to me as I was told, as a child, I'd never walk again.
     
    Something I never expected - my wife commenting on the definition of my legs when running.  Before a couple of weeks ago, NOBODY had EVER used the word "definition" when referring to a part of my body...
     
    There are things I want in life.  Running is a means to those ends.
  11. Like
    djplong got a reaction from Azatol in Progress log from the Granite State   
    W12D1 - another success.  But it wasn't easy.  I felt like this was the hardest one yet.  So many thoughts of quitting that I had to keep forcing myself to NOT listen to...  I mean, I know it wasn't the hardest session ever - there were plenty of times when I started that *couldn't* finish a session so, logically speaking, any session I actually finish makes it impossible for it to be the hardest one ever.
     
    In two weeks, it's going to want me to do 60-minutes straight jogging.  I haven't really felt like this since I was looking at the 20 minutes of, if memory serves, W5D3...
  12. Like
    djplong got a reaction from Ruthie in Progress log from the Granite State   
    W12D1 - another success.  But it wasn't easy.  I felt like this was the hardest one yet.  So many thoughts of quitting that I had to keep forcing myself to NOT listen to...  I mean, I know it wasn't the hardest session ever - there were plenty of times when I started that *couldn't* finish a session so, logically speaking, any session I actually finish makes it impossible for it to be the hardest one ever.
     
    In two weeks, it's going to want me to do 60-minutes straight jogging.  I haven't really felt like this since I was looking at the 20 minutes of, if memory serves, W5D3...
  13. Like
    djplong got a reaction from Azatol in Progress log from the Granite State   
    Anne - yes, I'm following a plan.  However, that got interrupted when my tracking app crashed 2/3 of the way through my Thursday workout.  It's like when your car breaks down for something minor in the middle of a road trip.  I wanted to do SOMEthing to get myself back on track.  I'd never run 2 consecutive days and I hadn't run NEARLY to my potential on Thursday so I thought I'd try something easy that I could bail out of it it turned out to be too much.  Little did I know that I'd be able to go 10K without pushing TOO hard.
     
    Today I'm feeling it - sore back - but it's not a sharp injury-like pain.  Just something I need to rest.
     
    On January 7 & 8 my wife and I are in the Walt Disney World 5K and 10K races and I viewed this as *slight* preview.  My sessions have been going up into the 8KM range and when Thursday was aborted after a little more than 5K, well, that's what gave me the idea.
     
    Today's a day of rest and Sunday I'll be on Week 12, Day 1 with three 18-minute intervals spaced by one-minute walk breaks.  That'll be challenging.  The goal is, apparently 60-minute all-jogging sessions by Week 14.  Right now, I have a personal benchmark for 10K at 7:08/km.  Week 13 is difficult with each day increasing the interval time (22, 25, then 30 minutes each) before the whole-hog 60-minutes of Week 14.
     
    I view this as a slight detour on the plan - and I'm anxious to get BACK on the plan because it's worked so well for me up to this point (July's injury notwithstanding).
     
    Another interesting thing I learned.  I just got new glasses and they actually help my running posture.  They're gradual bifocals (I'm nearsighted).  If I look down, the ground is blurry.  If I look up or ahead, the vista is in perfect focus.  Helps keep my head up
  14. Like
    djplong got a reaction from Ruthie in Progress log from the Granite State   
    I ran 10K.
     
    I can't believe I just typed those words.  I kept doing the 4/1 intervals and, after a while I started thinking about how far I wanted to go with this.  I didn't want to go to exhaustion - but 10K started to seem "doable".
     
    That distance does NOT include warmup or cooldown intervals - that's all 'meat'...  In the next few weeks, in theory, I'm supposed to be able to jog for an hour straight.  This 10K with the walking intervals took me 71:40 to finish.
     
    I think I need time to process this...  Couch potatoes just don't DO 10K - especially not after 5K the day before!
  15. Like
    djplong got a reaction from Azatol in Progress log from the Granite State   
    I've cut back on some dietary excesses.  Last year I gave up the diet sodas (and I drank a LOT of those).  This year it's been more about portion control and just trying to scale things back.  Now that the weather isn't terribly conducive to bike riding, I haven't been doing that on the 'off' days and I think I'm seeing the result.  My wife is a tribute to what dancing can do for your endurance - out of nowhere she was able to do a 20 minute jog when she was just coming along with me.  The bar brawls?  Well, reducing the risk of injury was paramount when I started this odyssey so the bar brawls will have to find someone else to participate....
     
    Now I just have to figure out where to start if I'm going to take a walk down Yoga Boulevard...
  16. Like
    djplong got a reaction from Ruthie in Progress log from the Granite State   
    ...and, as a followup, W10D2 is now in the books.  Didn't have time to head to the park as it would be closing before I'd finished so I tried running around the neighborhood.  MUCH hillier terrain there but I still managed to do the session successfully.
     
    I really feel like I'm stretching myself.  If I keep this up, I'll finish W14 just before heading to Florida for the races.
  17. Like
    djplong got a reaction from Azatol in Progress log from the Granite State   
    ...and, as a followup, W10D2 is now in the books.  Didn't have time to head to the park as it would be closing before I'd finished so I tried running around the neighborhood.  MUCH hillier terrain there but I still managed to do the session successfully.
     
    I really feel like I'm stretching myself.  If I keep this up, I'll finish W14 just before heading to Florida for the races.
  18. Like
    djplong got a reaction from Ruthie in Progress log from the Granite State   
    The weather and a friend's sudden need to move furniture have gotten in the way of my 'normal' schedule but there's still progress being made.  Last week I polished off Week 9 (Wednesday) and started Week 10 (Friday).  Both of them were a success.  I'm still getting the lower back pain but even in the 1-minute walking segments, I'm noticing it going away faster.  The stuff that starts bothering me after a couple of minutes of jogging is also recovering quicker.  My calf muscles stop complaining sooner, the same for my ankles and my right Achilles tendon loosens up better.
     
    Week 10 now has me doing three 15-minute intervals - 45 minutes of jogging which was simply inconceivable earlier this year.  My legs look like they're in the best shape of my entire life.  the only negative is that my weight is kinda stuck bouncing above and below 175 pounds but I'm certainly feeling better.
     
    These days, with the warmup and cooldowns included, I'm doing over 8km in a session.  The last one was over 7km worth of real jogging.  The idea of me jogging over 4 miles?  Pure fantasy...  But now it's reality and I'm almost not believing it except I have the evidence.
  19. Like
    djplong reacted to Photoyogi24 in Completed the 5k program last week - the story continues   
    So, last week I finally made 5k, and it was such an amazing feeling!
     
    To share my story, I started running seriously in May 2015.  Prior to this I had sort of dabbled in it, but I had never taken it seriously.  I never had a schedule, never kept proper track of things, found plenty of excuses to not do it.  To be honest, I didn't really have any idea of how to properly train myself.  I would aim to just run quickly, if I wasn't running I didn't feel like I was working, so I never interval trained.  Because of that, when I couldn't hit the unrealistic goals that I set for myself, I found myself quitting.
     
    In March 2015 I moved to a more central location with great access to public trails.  It also helps that I live in a very outdoor-oriented city, there are cyclists and runners everywhere!  All of this got me inspired to start running, and I also wanted to get in better shape for a big vacation in Europe because I was afraid that I wouldn't be able to walk all day if I wasn't used to being on my feet more.
     
    So in May 2015, I began running and practicing yoga.  I soon found that I actually loved both of them, and I trained steadily for a few weeks until vacation.  And then I was gone for three weeks.  It wasn't so bad, I got back into running, but then it got humid and I found it unbearable to train outside.  I kept with it on day when the temperature wasn't at dangerous levels for strenuous activities, but all in all I found that I was able to train less.  Eventually I realized that I wasn't improving and I still couldn't run 5k, so I took a break from running.
     
    A couple of weeks ago I realized that I wasn't really happy.  I was too stationary, it seemed like all I did was sit at home.  So I decided to start running again, even though winter is just around the corner.  When I was in university I had to take the bus to class, and I always remember this one girl who would jog past me while I waited.  Every single day I saw her, it was clockwork, even in the winter.  So that's why I decided to get back into running, because even though it's cold, people can run in the winter, and it was amazing to watch how this girl improved and changed.
     
    To kick things off, I found a free evening running club.  Even though they are almost done for the season, I thought it would be a good way to get started.  I will admit that it was a little intimidating at first, especially when the leader asked if I could run 6k on non-flat terrain.  Figuring that lying would only hurt in the end, as embarrassed as I was, I admitted that I couldn't yet do 5k.  The club graciously worked to accommodate me, switching their planned route to something easier, and because it was my first time the leader started the run along my side.  With tips and encouragement to start, and then eventually being left to my own devices to run at my own physical pace, I managed to get through a very painful 4k.
     
    Even though it was painful, my one leg had decided to be a quitter and I had an awful stich in my side, it was so rewarding to finish and know that I had tried my best.  As we walked back to our meeting place to gather our things, the other members each came up to congratulate me and tell me a bit about their running stories.  One was a well seasoned runner who enjoyed snowshoe running in the winter (yes, running in snowshoes!), another had just run her first 5k race earlier in the fall and she wanted to go further, one had friends who were training for triathalons and she was curious - this group was so diverse in experience and skill levels, and they were all super welcoming.  So after the session I asked what I should do next, and the leader challenged me to run two more 4ks and then up to 5k.
     
    So I took my homework and tried to run the two 4ks that week.  I failed, miserably.  I felt like I couldn't run more than a few minutes before I was tired, had a stitch, my leg bothered me, I was cold, I was hungry - there was every excuse in the book.
     
    By the time it came for me to attempt the 5k, I felt hopeless - I couldn't get anywhere near 4, how could I do 5?  So, that night I sat at home.  The next day I felt so guilty that I went out... and I got 5k!  I was so elated, I shared the news with my friends who all cheered with me.  For the first time, I felt like I had accomplished something so hugely physical, it was amazing - but was it a fluke?
     
    Turns out that it wasn't, two days later I was able to hit 5k again, and it was probably the second best feeling in the world - the validation that I can in fact do it.
     
    So, to all of you who are afraid of the winter - don't be.  Dress properly, remember that you will feel around 10 degrees (Celsius) warmer than the air temperature.  Make sure you scope out your route beforehand, know what the slip risks are (spots where puddles form, slippery surfaces, etc.).
     
    To all of you who are afraid to do this in public - don't be.  You'd be surprised just how welcoming the community can be.  I'd say it's uncommon to find snobby runners, people who can see you are determined to run will encourage you.  I've been smiled to, nodded at and waved to by strangers as I run, people will acknowledge that you are doing something positive for yourself.
     
    To all of you who don't think you can make it - keep trying.  Take note of what is working and what doesn't.  Remember my quitter leg?  It's because I was running heavy on one side, when I took note of that and adjusted I was able to run like the wind.
     
    And my final tip, join a run club.  Even if it's only for a night, you'll meet some great people and get some excellent tips.  A run club exists to run as a group, just make sure you join one that fits your skill level.  They won't leave you behind, they won't judge you - everybody is there to improve themselves, make new friends and have a great time.
     
    Well, thanks for reading my long story!  And in case you are wondering what's next - I'm going to continue running out in the cold until I can't take it anymore, and I plan to try a 5k race in the spring.
  20. Like
    djplong got a reaction from Azatol in Progress log from the Granite State   
    Just got in from what I'll call W9D2 (still not sure I can call D1 finished but we'll see how it goes) and I nailed it.
     
    Was a little overdressed as the weather got warmer REAL fast without the wind I was expecting - dressed for 40s but, by the time I left the park it was almost 60 - the hoodie I was wearing was a bit much and weighed me down, I think.
     
    Didn't have ANY of the troubles from 2 days ago except the lower back ache - where the glutes attach and that seems to be the next set of muscles needed to rebuild themselves stronger.  Felt a lot better at the end today (now) than I did on Friday.  I didn't even glance at my phone ONCE..  Ok, that's omitting a truth - I bought the Apple Watch yesterday and was looking at that to see how much time I had left at various intervals
     
    If I can repeat this performance on Tuesday, I'll call that W9D3 and move on to Week 10.
  21. Like
    djplong got a reaction from Ruthie in Progress log from the Granite State   
    Just got in from what I'll call W9D2 (still not sure I can call D1 finished but we'll see how it goes) and I nailed it.
     
    Was a little overdressed as the weather got warmer REAL fast without the wind I was expecting - dressed for 40s but, by the time I left the park it was almost 60 - the hoodie I was wearing was a bit much and weighed me down, I think.
     
    Didn't have ANY of the troubles from 2 days ago except the lower back ache - where the glutes attach and that seems to be the next set of muscles needed to rebuild themselves stronger.  Felt a lot better at the end today (now) than I did on Friday.  I didn't even glance at my phone ONCE..  Ok, that's omitting a truth - I bought the Apple Watch yesterday and was looking at that to see how much time I had left at various intervals
     
    If I can repeat this performance on Tuesday, I'll call that W9D3 and move on to Week 10.
  22. Like
    djplong got a reaction from Azatol in Progress log from the Granite State   
    Well, I went for it and didn't QUITE make it but tried to make up for it...
     
    I set up for W9D1 (4x10-minute jogs, 1-minute walks).  Too many things barking at me in the 4th interval so I took a break, walked a few minutes and resumed.  Altogether I did about 6km in the intervals, totalling 7.7km with the warmup, cooldown and the extra break in the middle.
     
    I know everything I did wrong.  Ran too early after eating a sandwich (was trying, successfully, to beat the incoming rain), didn't drink enough water during the day and wasn't exactly eating the right things.  I was running out of gas, getting a cramp in my side and feeling a little nauseous.  I'll be far better prepared on my next attempt Sunday.
  23. Like
    djplong got a reaction from Azatol in Progress log from the Granite State   
    W6D2 yesterday.  It's supposed to be a pair of 10-minute jogs with a 3-minute walk in between.  It didn't go that way.
     
    I decided to 'up' the interval count by 1 so it was three 10-minute jogs - and I still made it!  I won't lie, for the first time since I re-started the program, I had some real thoughts about quitting before that last jogging interval was over.  But the pain was only in my lower back and I knew where all that was coming from and that, if I finished this, it would get better and stronger.  I'm now really starting to push up to and beyond where I got before the injury hit.
     
    So it tells me that I totalled 6.1KM in 46:07.  Doing a little math says that it was just over 5K if I take out the warmup/cooldown sections.
     
    It's a little hard for me to contain my excitement now.  This is almost where I was when it all fell apart back in July.  The next few sessions are really going to be telling.  Since they're single-interval session, it'll be interesting to see how much I have left in the tank when I'm done with the 'scheduled' time...
  24. Like
    djplong got a reaction from Jeshi in Onto week 7 but HELP I'm sooooo slow   
    When I first went through the program I was shuffling along at about 7+ minutes per KM.  After my injury healed enough, I'm now averaging around 6 minutes (while jogging) per KM.  I'm honestly not trying harder or anything like that - BUT - the real difference seems to be coming from my gait and posture.  In other words, I'm trying SMARTER.  I made it clear to my doctor (sports medicine specialist) and physical therapist that getting back to running was important to me.  They analyzed how I was running and pointed out many faults that, when combined with things that literally started with a birth defect, most likely caused my injury.  So it then became a task to educate me in what NOT to do.  I was looking down and leaning forward with my torso too much - putting stress on my hip flexor.  I wasn't standing straight so my completely undeveloped core muscles weren't doing the job they would ordinarily do.  Sometimes my toes were pointed inward which caused stresses on my right knee.  Throwing my shoulders back helped straighten me out as did looking UP and FORWARD instead of down.
     
    With all those corrections, I believe I'm getting more "spring" out of my arch and Achilles tendon - they're doing what they were designed to do now that I'm using them properly and I'm seeing the results in the MapMyRun stats.
     
    You may want to get checked out and see what a professional has to say.
  25. Like
    djplong got a reaction from Jeshi in Progress log from the Granite State   
    Friday I did W2D2 and it didn't feel like enough.  It was almost too easy...  Yesterday I started W3D1 and THAT wasn't enough.  I had too much "in the tank" and the end of the segments to let it go - so I improvised.  After a bit of walking, I ran an extra 5+ minutes.  No more than that - I didn't want to push things too far - but I got that feeling of stretching my endurance out - that ache that tells you you're building something inside.
     
    By this morning, almost all the aches are gone.  Today is for getting back on the bike and tomorrow it's W3D2 and maybe more....

    I'm hoping that getting back into a regular routine will get me back to losing more weight.  I seem to have stalled out around 175 (down from 197 in January).
×
×
  • Create New...