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The Return Of The Run

Yesterday afternoon, I ran again. Really, it was the first time since October. It was past time for me to get off my rear and resume my marathon training. Yes, I still have plenty of time before "officially" starting the training plan, but when I get to that point, I want to already be in the habit of running several times a week.

I overslept yesterday morning, so I didn't get out in the morning. It's still pushing too dark to do before-work runs, too, but it would be OK. Anyway, I came home and got a run in before it got too dark in the evening. I did my standard 3.25 weekday loop. I ended up running the whole time without walk breaks, which kinda surprised me, even though I was deliberately going much slower than I used to run it. When it was all said and done, I ended up making it a 13:13 pace, which is a nice, slow way to ease back into my running.

It felt great. My back was fine with it. My knees were fine with it. My foot was fine with it. I think I might go running with S on Saturday for a "long" run, but at this point "long" is only going to be about five miles.

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prester_scott
Jan. 8th, 2008 02:35 pm (UTC)
I, who have never been able to run more than a hundred yards at a time in my entire life, simply salute you.
drmellow
Jan. 8th, 2008 03:12 pm (UTC)
Thanks. I feel much the same when I read your workout reports. Strength training has never worked well with me, and I always get frustrated and confused by the machines.

With running, even though by the standards of a "real runner" I'm very slow, I think I've finally found a form of exercise that I enjoy, that I can keep doing, and that shows positive results in both my mental and physical well-being. When it comes down to it, that's what's important.

I don't want to sound like one of those pushy runners who thinks that everyone should be a runner, but I really do think that most people can become runners if they wanted to. For me, I laughed at the thought of running any great distance. But, when I re-evaluated what "running" really means, and decided that a combination of walking and running can still be considered running, and that running at a very slow pace is still running, I realized that it was a form of exercise that I could do. And if I can do it, most anyone can do it.

Whatever it is, I'm glad that I got off my rear yesterday and hit the pavement. Let's see if a few weeks from now, I'm still doing that. That will be the real test.
prester_scott
Jan. 8th, 2008 03:20 pm (UTC)
Strength training has never worked well with me, and I always get frustrated and confused by the machines.

Machines? What are they? I do everything with free weights except where it's mechanically impossible, and then I use a cable machine with a single pulley. Free weights develop grip strength, balance and stability in a way that machines don't.

</musclehead> ;)

I don't want to sound like one of those pushy runners who thinks that everyone should be a runner, but I really do think that most people can become runners if they wanted to.

I might be able to become a runner if I dip below 200 pounds and my arches heal.

Let's see if a few weeks from now, I'm still doing that.

The hard truth is, You will if you want to.
drmellow
Jan. 8th, 2008 03:25 pm (UTC)
Free weights? Woah! They're too heavy! ;-)

Plus, if I did anything like that, I'd really need to join a club/gym/whatever. That's just not my cup of tea. I've tried it before, and it wasn't me.

I hear you about about the weight issue. That's my biggest concern. I'm well over 200. I suspect my problems with my back, knees, and maybe even feet are greatly influenced by my weight. That's one of the reasons I don't let my slow pace be discouraging. I'll be much happier when I'm below 200 -- that's my goal this year.

And you are absolutely correct about motivation being most of the battle.
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