wallwalker: Venetian mask, dark purple with gold gilding. (Default)
My first week of interval running.

All of my first week runs were 25 minutes. According to the program I've been using to track things, here's what my distances look like:

8/22: 2.6 kilometers (1.2 miles.)
8/24: 2.9 kilometers (1.3 miles.)
8/27: 2.2 kilometers (one mile.)

None of these are super-great for a twenty-five minute session, but it's my first week. :/

I was running on a treadmill for the first two runs and ran outside around midday for the third, which probably accounts for the difference. It's harder to track speed, and a lot harder to run anyway when it's that hot.

I've noticed one thing: No matter how long or how carefully I cool down, my heart rate still seems to take a ridiculous amount of time to slow back down. The nurse I talked to about this said that it would get easier once I got into better shape. I hope he's right.

I've been running on mostly flat tracks/low incline settings so far. Since I've only been doing this for a week, I don't want to wear myself out yet. That's why I stopped last time I was jogging, I think - I did a mile-long jog at midday and then gave up because I didn't get the time I wanted. But if I can just keep in mind that I'm not trying to be perfect, I think I can succeed.

Date: 2016-08-28 09:09 pm (UTC)From: [personal profile] squeemu
squeemu: Magpie holding a ring in its beak. (Default)
You may know this already, but I've heard that it's a lot easier to walk/run on a treadmill compared to the sidewalk. If you want to have an equivalent difficulty level, you're supposed to have the treadmill at a slight incline to compensate for the fact that it's propelling you forward at least a little bit.

Plus, like you said, heat and any small hills you might not've even been able to see could hugely affect how far you could run outside. Don't give up! This is actually something I've wanted to get back into, especially now that I have a gym in my building, so this was a really good reminder for me to actually start.

Date: 2016-08-29 01:46 pm (UTC)From: [personal profile] novel_machinist
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Go you! I can't run at all, so that looks pretty good to me!

Date: 2016-08-30 01:35 am (UTC)From: [personal profile] lassarina
lassarina: (Rise (kimono))
Fight on! It takes a long time to get used to this kind of thing, so fuck yeah you for doing it. \o/

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