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Run log - 10/8
Something.. strange happened yesterday during my run. Note that I ran in the afternoon rather than the morning. I got to lap 14 at the gym (10 laps is a mile) and considered a walking lap to rest. I told myself I'd finish the half mile and go from there. When I finished the lap, I said to myself, "Ok, we can rest now," to which a very small but clear voice responded, "I can do more."

Does your body have a voice? I didn't think mine had one. The previous three runs had been grueling, difficult ordeals where I stopped when required to prevent injury or exhaustion. To distinctly hear something say, "I can do more" even in a small, mousy voice - and it was young, cute but determined sounding - is dumbfounding. I isn't the sort of thing I expected yet.

So, I kept going. I made it to 19 before walking 3/4s a lap and starting in again. I made it another 6 before walking a lap then finishing the third mile.

I think I may be crazy now.
Well. Cazier.

So much so that I've decided to set mileage milestones and rewards for reaching these goals. At 50 total miles logged, I'll be buying myself some fun exercise shirts from Threadless and a new pair of shorts - as is, my current pairs don't fit right because I'm between sizes. I'm hoping after 50 miles, I'll be a little slimmer.

I think at 100 miles, I'll purchase a heart rate monitor. If I can get that many miles in, in winter no less, I figure I'm going to keep it up and a monitor will be great for tempo and speed runs.

god, I'm such a nerd. I decide to do thing X and then spend the next few weeks exhaustively learning about X and associated Y's and Z's. Next thing you know, I'm going to run a marathon. <shudders>

Last run time: 31 minutes
Last run distance: 3 miles
Map my run link: I don't think 30 laps at Princeton club is especially interesting to map.
Total Mileage: 9.8
Next milestone: 50 miles

Current weight: 193

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brdgt From: brdgt Date: October 9th, 2008 01:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
My typical run is 30-32 minutes (my 5K time) and I always say: the first ten minutes are the worst, the second ten minutes you bargain with yourself ("if I can make it to the park I'll stop there"), and the last ten minutes you get in a groove and you think "hmmm... maybe I'll go an extra ten minutes..."
abmann From: abmann Date: October 9th, 2008 01:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, I'm hoping to make it 5 miles in one go next week. I want to run for distance first and ten work up my speed. I am SLOW. I want to be able to run an 8 minute mile, darn it.

Have you looked at any of the Madison runs on Map My Run? People are nuts. Nuts I tell you! And... I think I want to try one of longer ones at some point in the next few months. But the thought of going more than 5 miles seems impossible.

Do you walk at all when you're out?

brdgt From: brdgt Date: October 9th, 2008 01:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm pretty slow too! My best time was a 10.5 minute mile, but usually I'm 11-12.

I did the Couch25K program earlier this summer, which had walking intervals, but now I just run straight with no walking. I can just tell that if I stop it will hurt more to start again than to just push through.

It really helped for me to have the 5K race goal in mind.
abmann From: abmann Date: October 9th, 2008 01:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
I totally followed and envied your couch25k program. I wanted to do that last year when I first heard about it. I even tried it!

I started running but had terrible shoes and a skewed gait that devastated my back when I ran on anything but the squishiest treadmills. I went to a physical therapist and got all that straightened out, so to speak, and subsequently strengthened my back with careful weight training.

So.. um.. the point of this rambling is clearly, uh. Take it the limit, fhwdgads...?

brdgt From: brdgt Date: October 9th, 2008 01:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh yeah - when I got new shoes (Berkely Running Company FTW!) I couldn't believe the difference. Some running experts believe you should do intervals, but I feel like I'm not really to that level yet (I'm not training for a marathon, let alone a 10K), so I'm sticking with running without intervals for now.
abmann From: abmann Date: October 9th, 2008 01:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
Intervals? Hard running versus recovery running?

Have you seen these [Vibram Five Fingers]? They seem really neat, especially for trail running. :D
jackshoegazer From: jackshoegazer Date: October 9th, 2008 01:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
You must be dense like iron - you don't look like you weigh 193. That's a compliment.

My cat Loki is like that - he looks like an average cat, but if you try to pick him up, you quickly discover he actually weighs the same as a Volvo.
abmann From: abmann Date: October 9th, 2008 01:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
I have a relatively wide bone structure which contributes to some of the weight. But some of the weight training has helped, sure.

Last I checked I was 17% body fat. So, 32 pounds of fat which seems grossly high. :/
I wonder what my actual percentage is. The tests assume you have all your body parts. :)
jackshoegazer From: jackshoegazer Date: October 9th, 2008 02:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
Those tests are discriminatory! Call a lawyer! Sue their pants off!

I'm steadily holding off the 20 pounds I have lost post-surgery, but I'm actually worried that part of what I lost is muscle mass from being relatively sedentary since July. I know not eating for many days and eating less helped, especially when my body was tuned into burning 3000 calories a day, but... oh well, as long as I'm not back up to 230 when bike season starts back up. Man, I need a winter activity. Maybe I should shovel snow :P
abmann From: abmann Date: October 9th, 2008 02:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
You could take up running. :) You weigh what, about 200 lbs? You would burn roughly 126 calories (net) per mile.

I hear running is especially invigorating in the winter.

Edited at 2008-10-09 02:09 pm (UTC)
jackshoegazer From: jackshoegazer Date: October 9th, 2008 03:48 pm (UTC) (Link)

210 be my non-metric poundage.

That would entail going outside in the winter months, which I avoid on principle. Maybe.
abmann From: abmann Date: October 9th, 2008 03:53 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: 210 be my non-metric poundage.

132 calories net then. :) All you have to do us run30 miles and you'd lost a pound right there!
jackshoegazer From: jackshoegazer Date: October 9th, 2008 03:59 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: 210 be my non-metric poundage.

HAHAHA, that seems *so* worth it.
From: nightlikeariver Date: October 9th, 2008 03:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
i love threadless!

congratulations on your exercising ventures. :o)
abmann From: abmann Date: October 9th, 2008 03:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
I order clothes from threadless way too often. PLUS, I am now to big (god, I hope from muscle and not fat) for some shirts I bought last year. I want to replace them NOW but figure using that as incentive to keep running is better.
abmann From: abmann Date: October 9th, 2008 03:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
Around last year I looked.. kinda funny though I was in 32in jeans. I think I have gained a ton of muscle since last year. I look vaguely lumpy in this shot.
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abmann From: abmann Date: October 9th, 2008 05:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
The tag seems appropriate. :)

I did get your message. shortcakeness had already volunteered to help. We've just been bad about scheduling who does what when.

Thanks for the reminder, though. :)
fliege_wasser From: fliege_wasser Date: October 9th, 2008 06:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've always been that way. I actually set goals/rewards for myself during my run. i.e. 'if I sprint to that pole *looks at* I can walk' then when I make it to the pole it's 'ok if I keep going to the end of this road then I'll slow down'
it really really helps because it gives you check points and tiny accomplishments which boost your self-asteem and help you run farther.
abmann From: abmann Date: October 9th, 2008 06:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm hoping that the little goals will help and eventually not need to bribe myself to keep going. Or maybe I'll actually do something useful to sate certain consumerist desires. :)
roguebitch From: roguebitch Date: October 9th, 2008 09:51 pm (UTC) (Link)

Aw, your inner athlete is chibi!
kiwikat From: kiwikat Date: October 9th, 2008 11:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
You certainly don't look 193. You're braver than I, posting your weight. I might once I get as low as I wanna, but my goal is probably higher than a lot of peoples' starting points...

I like that feeling towards the end of a workout where you're done being tired and going UGH EXERCISE and you suddenly want to go further. I try to indulge that impulse whenever possible.
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