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abmann
abmann
Runnin'!
Whoops. Left phone at home. guess no one can contact me today. (hooray)

I learned something nice at the gym the other day. I am not, in fact, hopeless. I was able to run for a half hour only stopping once to tie my shoe. I suspect two things helped me accomplish this.
  1. Albuterol. Actually picked up my prescription and have been using it before bed everyday as maintenance rather than rescue. I've had less trouble breathing in the winter air. So, my lung capacity is restoring.
  2. Slower pace. I'd been running at a 9 minute mile pace or so on the treadmill because it's nice to push myself. I hadn't realized how significantly faster 9 minute miles were versus 11 or 10 minute miles. They don't feel faster than how I think I run on the track but they certainly must be. I backed off to between an 11 minute and 10:30 mile.
Quite the difference overall. I'm annoyed I don't seem to be getting faster as quickly as I'd like. Some of that will come with weight loss. I'm down to 188 now, give or take natural fluctuations in weight.

I think I need to try some of the speed interval programs on the more advanced treadmills. Supposedly running faster, shorter bursts helps you get faster more quickly. I'll just have to reign in my impatience.

But, man, knowing I'm not entirely a lost cause makes it feel better to exhaust myself running an 8 minute pace for s long as I can. Which isn't long. I can run about a mile at that pace before my chest falls off.

It's not pretty. Lung juice is hard to clean out of carpet.

Also: I've decided I hate all my icons, especially my default icon.

Also also: Eating 1500 calories a day is nice. My stomach seems to dig it insofar as I pigged out on two slices of pizza last night and didn't feel compelled to eat more. I think it has shrunk and now expects and prefers meals in smaller sizes more frequently.


Mmm... pizza.
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brdgt From: brdgt Date: December 5th, 2008 02:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
You know - it took me about 5 months of running to see any significant physical or cardio results - don't push yourself, it will come - and if you injure yourself it will just come slower!
abmann From: abmann Date: December 5th, 2008 02:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
Define significant in this instance, please.

One of my end goal is sustaining an 8 minute mile for multiple miles which I don't expect to be able to accomplish for some time. I think this sort of conflicts with my desire to run a marathon without dying.
brdgt From: brdgt Date: December 5th, 2008 03:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
hell - I still run an 11 minute mile and I've been running three times a week since June.

By significant I mean that I had defined muscles that were clearly from running and could run without tiring for over half an hour.
abmann From: abmann Date: December 5th, 2008 03:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
Mmm.. muscle definition.. Then I can flaunt sexy boots like yours. ;D
narcissuskisses From: narcissuskisses Date: December 5th, 2008 04:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
I have a daily inhaler I've been using for about eight months that has improved my lung capacity like whoa. Before my allergist diagnosed mild asthma, I just thought I was woefully out of shape. I am rather out of shape, but now I realize that asthma was the cause of many of my breathing difficulties.
abmann From: abmann Date: December 5th, 2008 05:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's only really a problem in Winter for me. I don't generally need it after February.

I blame switching to harder cardio exercise. Damn it.
fliege_wasser From: fliege_wasser Date: December 6th, 2008 12:22 am (UTC) (Link)
Want to know my absolute favorite thing about running?

I CAN EAT WHATEVER I WANT WITHOUT GAINING A POUND

Nevermind the outlet for stress or any of that mumbo jumbo. I mean don't get me wrong, it's great and all but being able to eat pizza or chocolate cake without bloating up is AMAZING
abmann From: abmann Date: December 6th, 2008 02:09 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm digging it tonight. I ate normally for my current diet today and did an hour on the elliptical. Mmm. Reset button. I had turkey and carrot cake and still have 800 calories to go until I hit my 1500 net limit for the day

I also have rum


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