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More Running than Walking

Tuesday, April 09, 2013

Tuesday, a work at home day. The noon weather was 56° F and cloudy with a WSW breeze. I upgraded the intervals to run 1.5, walk 1. That's more running than walking, which is a psychological milestone for me.

Lunch is still time constrained. I managed 32 minutes, which was 12 full cycles of run 1.5, walk 1 followed by running 2 minutes. That slightly longer last run was a nod to Mr. Testosterone, who wanted to get in 20 minutes of running time. It came out to 3.74 miles in 32:02 for an average pace of 8:34 per mile.

The sore leg felt better today than it did Sunday, which is encouraging. I had delusions of being able to do that half marathon in run/walk intervals, but my rational side knows better. If the leg progresses as quickly as it has been, I might be able to run a full 5K; but I won't be ready for a distance of 13.1 miles in two and a half weeks. Worst case, I can certainly do run/walk intervals for a 5K, and probably finish in under 30 minutes doing intervals.

So I write this pep talk to convince myself not to be stupid. Things have been going reasonably well, and I need to keep doing things that promote this happy state. Things like limiting how much I push that sore leg, and focusing on getting enough rest.

I have been fairly consistent at getting to bed between 9 and 9:30 lately, and most days I'm sleeping till the alarm goes off at 6. That's more than 8 hours of sleep a night, which is a sign my body needs the rest. There have been periods when I've got to bed that early and woke between 5:15 and 5:30, ready to face the day. On weekends, I've been turning off the alarm but still only sleeping a little past 6.

I need to keep being consistent with the bedtime. I'm pretty sure that the leg was slow to recover earlier *because* I was only getting seven and a half to eight hours of sleep a night. That's enough when I'm healthy; but I need more when I'm on the mend.

Other than that, things are flowing along. Nutrition is under control, and the weight is trending sideways. I'm still getting my pushups and pullups in every day, but real weight training has been absent for tax season. There are only so many hours in the day, and sleep has been more important than weights.

ONEKIDSMOM blogged about regression testing, and that struck a cord. Life changes constantly. I control some but not all of the changes. To the extent I can, I want to prevent regression; sometimes this will require adjusting what I can change to focus on things that I could formerly take for granted. The current example of this is the need to focus on getting enough sleep.

It's a delicate balance, doing enough but not too much, getting enough sleep, eating enough but not too much. But that's what maintenance is all about, and that's what it takes to prevent regression. It's worth the effort, even if success isn't as dramatically obvious as completing a marathon or losing 50 pounds.

For today, success is doing run/walk intervals with more running than walking and having the sore leg feel good enough for a brisk walk later in the day. I'll want more dramatic success later, but I need to accept modest, controlled, delicately balanced success now to have a chance at having more dramatic success later.

Life is good.
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    Congrats on gaining that psychological edge this week! I hear ya on the intervals... I'm doing them too, nursing my ailing hip again, because I went too far too fast the last time I was feeling "good." sigh. Tough stuff.
    1779 days ago
    Right on! It is all about balance and you seem to have it down pat for now.
    1781 days ago
    Delicately balanced success... I like the phrase! Spark on.
    1781 days ago
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