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Sunday, March 14, 2010

I finally got my old knees out again on a beautiful afternoon, after giving them a three day rest.
I learned a few lessons:

- There's a huge difference between 54 and 84 degrees
- It's probably best not to run at 3:30 pm
- Running into the wind is exhausting
- Running would be easier if I remembered to take my thyroid in the morning
- When I have allergies, I really should take antihistamines
- I'm a very poor judge of my pace

I got tired, really tired. So after 25 minutes I opted to walk. Then I tried running again but just didn't have it in me. So I walked back. It was disappointing, but I just chalked it up to a difficult day.

When I got back, I mapped it, and discovered that even with 15 minutes of walking, I managed a 4.7 mph pace. Clearly I have no clue.

Note to self: SLOW DOWN, yes, a snail's pace is just fine.
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    I think about the story of the Hare and the Tortoise when I read your post. Slow and steady will win the race - lol.

    Good luck with your running.

    PS I've tried and tried and I can't do much running, my body, especially my hips and knees just don't like it. I've even bought the expensive shoes and been fitted at a running store.
    3997 days ago
  • LINDA25427
    You got one over on me I can't run I walk at a good pace ,and love to get out and walk, but running is out for now .. You are doing a good job. Keep up the good work ,.God bless. emoticon emoticon
    4000 days ago
    Don't forget though, that some days our energy levels are way higher than others ... this may have just been a low energy day ... let a little more time pass, observe, pay attention to how you're feeling, and you should get a pretty clear idea. Just don't get discouraged by a bad day or two. We all have them!
    4000 days ago
    That's me, the snail!
    4000 days ago
  • JLITT62
    The first time I ran outside, I definitely started out too fast. From everyting I've read, if you're huffing & puffing, you're going too fast. And that's working for me -- I go out at what seems a snail's pace, and if I start to huff & puff I slow down -- and the end result is that I'm able to run the whole way except for my warmup & cooldown.

    And yes, you're gonna have to learn to run either in the morning or evening (cooler & better for your allergies).

    Still, you ran, and I think that's all that counts.
    4000 days ago
    Wow, I'm impressed that you try running. I love walking- used to run, but find it is too hard on my hips.
    4001 days ago
    I think it's awesome that you run at all. I am pleased with myself when I get over 3 mph on the treadmill. But I started at 2 mph and I'm gradually getting faster. I haven't been able to walk outside all winter and I'm looking forward to it.
    4001 days ago
    It really is difficult to run again if you don't walk until you are already tired. The Galloway run/walk method has you walk before you are tired (ie from the very beginning of your run), which keeps you from getting as tired and gives your legs (joints, etc) frequent, short breaks to recover.
    4001 days ago

    Comment edited on: 3/14/2010 7:44:24 PM
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