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Subject:No more running for a while
Time:01:39 am
I just got back from the gym, where I forced my way through W6D3. However, I'm going to quit running for a while. I don't think it will be very long pause, but the big monolithic runs are wiping me out in a way that doesn't feel entirely healthy to me. I'm pretty sure it's another round of low blood pressure. I get light-headed as soon as I get off the treadmill, and I wind up spending five or ten minutes sitting on a bench before I can even make my way to the locker room.

So, in the interest of trusting my intuition and not doing stupid shit, I'm going to quit running until I can have a chat with my doctor about this, or more precisely until I can do something about it. That probably only means four or five days, maybe a week. And I might not even call a complete halt to it, but if I feel like running before this gets sorted out I'll go back and do an easier day, maybe my old friend week 4.

Once we deal with the issue, my plan is to repeat week 5. If the 20-minute run at the end feels OK, I'll skip over week 6 and start in on week 7. Repeating week 5 will let me work my way up to the monolithic runs, and let me test the waters to see if I feel better.

This feels like a reasonable and sane plan to me. Anyone have opinions?


Tonight's rationalizations were same-old. "Dude, you did ten minutes the other day. You can do at least that much now." "Hey, two and a half minutes and you're halfway there." "OK, fine, just go to 15 minutes then quit if you want to." "Hey, 60%. And you did 20 minutes the other day. You can do it again." "OK, five minutes left. No fucking way are you quitting now... do you want to have to do it again? Didn't think so." And then I counted down the last five minutes, and reminded myself that the small amount I had left was easy. It wasn't, of course.
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slfisher
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Time:2010-01-02 01:42 pm (UTC)
Well, rather than stop completely, I'd back off to a level you find comfortable until you see your doctor. Since you asked for advice.
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bldrnrpdx
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Time:2010-01-02 04:03 pm (UTC)
This is what I was thinking too - at the least, try to keep up walking, possibly with very short runs if they feel right.
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jcdill
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Time:2010-01-02 07:31 pm (UTC)
I n'th this advice. Keep up the exercise schedule even if it means just walking for 30 minutes instead of running. After breaking the habit it's much harder to get restarted.

If I were in your position Patti, I'd roll back to one of the earlier weeks when you ran in ~5 minute legs, and see how that works out.

Factoid: it takes about the same amount of calories to walk 5 miles as it does to run 5 miles. When you run you just do it *faster*. The reason it takes about the same amount of calories is simple physics - it takes a certain amount of energy to move a given mass a given distance, and time doesn't matter. So when you have a medical reason that interferes with going faster, just go the same distance slower. (Assuming your doctor OKs any exercise at all.)

This is one reason so many doctors recommend walking for exercise - it's safe to do even with many medical conditions that preclude more strenuous exercise.
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greeklady
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Time:2010-01-02 06:07 pm (UTC)
Agreed. Once you have a great habit it doesn't take a long time to lose it especially when it comes to exercise. I'd step it down not stop it and talk to the doctor.
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whipartist
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Time:2010-01-02 06:36 pm (UTC)
It's actually a matter of picking up the phone and calling him on Monday or Tuesday, rather than seeing him. Since I have an appointment mid-month already, the conversation will go, "Dude, here's what's happening. Can I quit taking this stuff?" And he'll almost certainly say yes, and then we'll check it when I come in to see if that's OK.

I'd get a stern lecture if I did it without talking to him first, though.

In practice, that means stopping for like maybe two days longer than I normally would.
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gunga_galunga
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Time:2010-01-03 07:53 am (UTC)
You put more stock in Drs. than I do. I'd just stop taking the BP medication and monitor it for a few days, if it goes up past 130/90 I'd start taking it again, if not I wouldn't. But then again, I go to the Dr. about once ever 5 years, if that often.
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whipartist
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Time:2010-01-03 08:31 am (UTC)
I've been seeing this particular doctor for close to 15 years, and I have a very good relationship with him. I'm perfectly happy to do it on his terms (which means calling him and asking permission) rather than doing it myself, simply to maintain a certain level of trust.
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