Running Continuation – Week 2, Part 2

Week 2, Day 4 – Running, but way under the weather

I’ve been feeling so bad today, I had to call off work. High temperatures, sweating, and dizziness, and that’s before I went running.

“If I ran 6 minutes yesterday, I can run them again today”

I think it was mostly the adrenaline making me feet great. My body didn’t hurt as much. But that’s probably because it’s been hurting the whole day and I was used to it. In any case, I ran 6 minutes. And then, sprinted another. Some people would think I’m crazy. Doctors recommend to rest… Not sure this counts as resting.

Guy wearing hoodie running on treadmill
Notice something different?

I’ll be sleeping better, for sure

I did feel great while running, though. I felt like I didn’t actually have a cold. I was breathing well, probably better than when I started… that should say a lot. I didn’t even cough once. and I’m still not coughing. But, I’m dizzy. I’m cooling down, but I can’t cool down too much. Gotta fight this fever.

I’m going to sleep early tonight. Good night!

Week 2, Day 5 – Still under the weather, but…

I think that running helps somehow with the fever. I remember from a friend in college that used to “cure” her fevers with a 2 mile run. I think she might have had something there. I’m not going to let a little fever stop me from my goal. And, if it actually helps to speed up the process of healing, why not? It makes sense. You heat your body up, release endorphins, among other chemicals, and breathing actually becomes better.

I managed to squeeze in 6.5 minutes, plus an aggressive 1.5 minute sprint. I suppose that it’s a nice bonus for me to be able to run my time, walk a bit, and run again to grow my stamina. This is good. So far, so good.

I’m 3 days away from going up to 7 minutes and my 3rd week. This is amazing so far. I can’t believe that I’ve come so far, and I’m so early on. I’ve increased a whole 40% since day one. That’s hard. But, I know that from now on, it will be even easier to increase my time every week.

By now, my shins don’t hurt anymore, my breathing is more controlled, I can sprint better, and overall, there’s progress towards my thirty week challenge goal.

Tired guy on a treadmill
This is what a tired, sick guy looks after running on a treadmill

I would like to possibly keep track of numbers someday, but I guess the minutes themselves will do for now. Basically, with walking included, I do about 1 mile and 130 calories. Just the running part, it comes to under 90 calories and about half of a mile.

Until tomorrow…

Week 2, Day 6 – Back to my old self

No crazy photo today. I had some guests in the gym and didn’t want them to freak out. I did my full 6 minutes, plus 30 second sprinting without breaking for a walk in between. I thought of something.

A new plan?

No, not really. It’s still incremental, but what if the increments were smaller? I mean, think about it. A thirty week running challenge where every week I increase by one minute? What if I could spread out that minute over a week? A minute has 60 seconds. A week has 7 days. That’s 6 days that can be used to increment. 60 divided by 6, that’s 10 seconds every day. So instead of increasing one minute every 7 days, I increase 10 seconds every day, with one day of no increase. The increase will seem even smaller, almost non existent. Imagine. Increase your run daily by 10 seconds. 10 seconds is nothing! It still amounts to 1 minute every week, but the pot heat rises at a more gradual pace.

I’ll give it a try, after all, this is the 30 week challenge experiment. For you, it can be whatever you want it to be. All I know is that now I can run a full, straight 6 minutes, and I’m ready to go up to 7 without a sweat. And looking back, less than two weeks ago, I was huffing and puffing, and my shins were hurting, and legs were sore…

Let’s hope for a great end of week tomorrow, and then going at it at 7 minutes on Tuesday, 7:10 on Wednesday, 7:20 on Thursday… This is getting interesting.

My health

As far as my health, I coughed very little today. I think it’s at an end. No more cold. Dizziness and muscle soreness are at an end. Things are good. I know now what to do when I have a cold. Fight through it.

It’s not easy running my 6 minutes, but what keeps me going is the fact that I’m telling myself… “If I ran 6 minutes yesterday, I can run them again today”.

Week 2, Day 7 – of the thirty week challenge

The final day of week two. It felt good. I wanted to run 6 minutes and 40 seconds, but I ended up running the a full 7 minutes. I guess I’m ready for week 3. I had a TV playing in the gym. I was kind of watching it while listening to my music. It’s like time just went by.

Every extra second I run, I know it helps me. It hurts while I run. After all, I’m still out of shape. Expect it. You will be out of shape for a while. My form is all over the place, my breathing is still not fully controlled, I’m still running flat footed, and I sweat a lot. But overall, I’m running 7 minutes. That’s two more than I used to when I started. The best part, it hurts a little less.

After the first 5 minutes

During the first three minutes, it went like this:

  • Minute 1 – Easy… jogging… breathing really well
  • Minute 2 – Getting harder… Breathing is heavier, muscles are starting to hurt a bit, it’s not easy keeping form.
  • Minute 3 – It’s hard. Muscles hurt more, breathing is sporadic, I’m all over the place.
  • Minute 4 – Getting used to it, but still pain. Breathing, although fast, is more controlled.
  • Minute 5 – Home stretch. Everything is till normal. It’s heavy, but normal.

And that’s how it feels for me. For you guys it could be different. I remember back when I was running 3 miles at a time, the first mile was the worst. After that, it was normal, and the last mile was the home stretch. I eventually ran 5 miles, and even 6 miles once. But I was 22. Now, I’m 37 going on 38. I’m almost twice that age now.

Tomorrow… Week 3! Just do it!

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