Thursday, June 5, 2008

Training Log to date . . . (running is easier than you think)

May 29th

Started on my first day training! I am inspired by Monique's ½ marathon at the Ottawa Race Weekend and my wish to continue my "weight loss journey" (sounds sappy).

I started by running around the block to see how things went. I have been walking hard since January, so I thought it would be a logical progression.

I ran 0.77k with walk breaks slightly more than the running. I was trying for walking to a telephone pole and running to a telephone pole but had to make longer walking breaks by past the second half. It took less than 10 minutes. I felt really good and felt I could continue with this without any difficulty.

May 30th

I ran to work. The distance was 1.48k and I ran about equal to the walking. I was proud because there is a slight, but noticeable incline on the way to work. I certainly felt that the next day in my quads. I read that night that I shouldn't be running on the sidewalk, since concrete is less forgiving than the asphalt. I will remember that. I got to work sweaty, but felt so energized, that I didn't need coffee right away. I felt the runner's "high" through to the afternoon. Started thinking about goals I could make for myself. I thought I should aim for running the 5k at the Army Run in September. I was so happy to discuss all of this with Monique, because she just started running, and she has already done a ½ marathon. Of course she is way more fit than I am and has been running on the treadmill for a long time. I have a long term goal of running the Ottawa Race Weekend ½ marathon next May (crossing fingers).

May 31st

Turned out to be a great day. The goal for today was to run/walk to the Canada Trust on Pretoria and walk back, stopping at the Green Door on the way back. I was really good running on the way there, walking slightly less than I ran. My walking breaks are getting shorter and my need for recovery time is getting less. I was told by someone at the hospital that if I was a runner before, I should be able to train again really well. When I lived in Toronto, I used to run 5k and 10k all the time for stress relief. When I got to Canada Trust, I wanted to continue and saw all the runners on the Canal and got inspired. I figured that I could continue, thinking that I could just take a cab home if I got too tired and was too far from home to return back. I alternated running and walking between light posts. I was surprised at my endurance, since I was continuing to run, even though it was past half way. I continued this alternating until I got to Bank Street bridge, when the sun kept beating on me and I ran out of gas to run. Too hot. I walked to Dow's Lake Pavillion from there. Probably did about 4k running and 3k running, since I was so good on the first half. I felt really good about this run. The shower when I got home felt so good too. Distance totaled 7.64k.

June 1st

Rest day – thought I deserved it. A little sore through the muscles along the sides of the shins, but I did run half of the run yesterday on the sidewalk. I didn't hurt on top of the shins though. I also felt sore on my quads. None of the aches were that bad though.

June 2nd

Ran to and from work, probably ran ½ and walked ½. My stimulator really hurt and was swollen and those muscles along the sides of my shins still hurt. Distance totaled 3.15k.

June 3rd

Called in sick for work today. Seizure. Felt really, really drained during the whole day. Never really got off the couch or the bed until after 6pm. I couldn't wait to run again though so my spirits were still quite high.

June 4th

Gearing up all morning to run. I warmed up by mowing the lawn in the back yard with the push mower. Buying the push mower was a great idea. It does a good job with no noise and no messy gas. A good workout too. I decided to run along the Rideau River today. I walked along Alta Vista to the other side of Riverside because of the sidewalk and the street is too busy to run on the pavement. I couldn't believe my endurance today. I ran from Riverside, past Hurdman Station, and to the Rideau River pathway, which is almost a whole kilometer in length, without stopping. I felt really good and didn't feel too taxed at all. Walked a bit and ran most of pathway to Riverside and Smyth (about running). Walked up Smyth to Alta Vista home to cool down. Total distance 4.71k.

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