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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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slowjoe
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Time:2010-01-04 11:56 am (UTC)
I'm sure you've thought of most of the following, but anyway...

I'd not be eager to skip a week in the program in general.

Is it only the 20 minute run that caused a problem? If so, assuming that the program on http://www.coolrunning.com/engine/2/2_3/181.shtml is the same one you are doing, skipping week 6 looks doubly painful.

One other thing that might be a factor on the longer run is fuel. Have you tried sipping an isotonic drink during the run?

How goal directed towards the 5k are you atm? Will you keep on running afterwards?

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whipartist
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Time:2010-01-04 01:02 pm (UTC)
I've already finished all of week 6, including the 25-minute run at the end. Technically, I wouldn't be skipping it.

So I have two competing hypotheses at the moment. One is that my blood pressure is too low, and that's wiping me out. The other is that I'm really not quite ready for 20+ minute runs, and so they're wiping me out. Fuel is a third option, thanks! I think it's a longshot, though, compared to the other two.


If the problem is blood pressure, then solving that problem (by no longer taking high blood pressure medicine, presumably) should make the monolithic runs easier. I can prove this to myself by repeating W5-- if I can do the 20-minute run at the end comfortably, there's no reason I can't do 25, so I can just pick up where I left off and start W7.

If the problem is that I'm not ready for the big runs yet, then repeating W5 at least once then doing W6 again makes more sense.


The blood pressure theory still feels best to me, but the second one is gaining some momentum. Of course, it's entirely possible that it's a combination of the two, or some other factor entirely.
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