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Subject:I feel like I just graduated from first grade
Time:09:08 pm
I decided that today was a running day. I finished the last day of week one last time, and I was sort of undecided between repeating that day again, or moving on to W2D1. I had strong arguments for both sides of the equation, so I did the only logical thing-- I tossed a coin to see whether I'd stay put or move up.

I just finished W2D1. The last half of the run was work, and the last run of the set was really hard work, but I managed to get through it. Man oh man am I out of shape, but I'm less so than I was a month ago. Up and to the right.

The light-headedness is still there, but it's not nearly as bad as it was before. I think reducing the BP medication made a difference. I'm also noticing less dizziness when I stand up during the day. All in all, a net win. Hell, the mere fact that I am not dead from teh runningz is a great start.
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mickdog
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Time:2009-10-31 04:57 am (UTC)
I'm very impressed you are hanging in there with the program. As others have said, it does get easier (if you stay injury free). And slow and steady is the best way to accomplish that. I hope you'll look back in 6 months and be shocked what your body can accomplish. I have this past year, and it is a great feeling.
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whipartist
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Time:2009-10-31 06:58 am (UTC)
I'm impressed and perplexed... I don't stick with ANYTHING.

The whole injury thing is a big wildcard. I expect it's a matter of when, rather than if. I think I wind up with very minor ones after every run-- I always come away with something being sore, but never enough that I've noticed swelling or anything that really makes me worry. Right now, my right ankle is having words with me. It did last time too, but felt about 95% better the next day.

On one hand, running on a treadmill saves me from a lot of risk from uneven surfaces. On the other hand, I'm old and decrepit and bouncing this much weight around just can't be good for my joints. On a borrowed hand, I'm running *very* slowly, and being careful not to push myself too far.
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gunga_galunga
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Time:2009-10-31 01:04 pm (UTC)
I'm impressed and perplexed... I don't stick with ANYTHING.

Me neither, yet here I am. I really can't explain it. I thought for sure when I started that there was no way my ankles and feet would hold up, yet they have.
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adbjester
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Time:2009-10-31 04:31 pm (UTC)
> The whole injury thing is a big wildcard. I expect it's a matter
> of when, rather than if.

You are likely correct, Patti. I had two injuries along my journey (one exercise-induced, the other not). What matters most is how you handle resuming the program after the injury has healed.

After the first injury (hip, overdoing it on the treadmill), I abstained for a while, and then got back on when I was healed. Just before BARGE 2008, I broke a toe and couldn't walk much less run. And after BARGE I didn't get back on the treadmill. You saw the result of that at BARGE 2009 -- up from 165 to 195.

I'm now BACK on the treadmill (not as zealously, but back on it) and plan to be back down to 175-180 by 2010.

Injuries WILL happen. Deal with them well, and you'll change your life.

Jester
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laren
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Time:2009-10-31 04:51 pm (UTC)
I try to do 30-60 minutes of cardio a day, but I just can NOT hack it on a treadmill (I use an elliptical instead). You're right to be proud of your accomplishments. Just be careful to increase time and/or difficulty gradually and not push yourself too hard too fast- you increase the risk of injury. Also, when I do it it feels to me like it has a negative effect on my endurance, so I've tried to stop being too ambitious for my own good.
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