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Side Effects

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

I've lost count of how many weeks I've been 'training' for a 5k - I did the walk/jog Spark Challenge, now I'm on the Run 5k Challenge (I think!). I felt I was making quite slow progress - but I was OK with that. I'm comfortable (whoops!) running 12 mins at a stretch - and am building it up gradually.

However, this morning I realized that the side-effects of starting to run are actually very positive - doing the stretches for runners each time I am improving my overall flexibility and feeling much more comfortable in my body - my back, hips and knees are all feeling strong and good. And my cardio capacity has improved no end! I can now jog slowly up hills and I don't gasp for air - in fact, at the end of my run I am only slightly out of breath.

These are great side-effects! I'm loving it :D

And this morning I read a great blog "Why I'll Never Stop Running" which also made me realize that I feel I am part of a running community - and that feels good too :D

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You may have just sparked me to get back into my "walk/jog 5K your way" program. Just as soon as I get over this chest cold. I would LOVE the feeling of being able to go up our hill without panting!
Sounds like you are really making progress!

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VEENAS1 4/17/2013 8:30AM

    You are making excellent progress! I am beginning to do stretches also and I like it a lot.

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PAPAMIKIE 4/17/2013 4:53AM

    Gradual progress is the way to go. I run using Y'Chi (YeeChee). We focus on a point a few hunderd meters down the road, imagine a beam of Chi flowing from our eyes to the target and then we allow that energy to pulls us towards the target. (no we do not actually get a free ride on Chi Energy, we use our mind to focus our intention on the goal and move towards it. We are still doing the movements). I mostly run at night, after the sun is down and before it comes back up, so I can only see a couple of 100 meters. thus my focus is typical about 100 meters. I therefore typically only run 100 meters at a time, when I arrive at my target I pick an other target (100 meters further along the way) and I run to that target, I repeat as needed to complete my planned run. In 12 months I run over 3000 km run only ridiculously short 100 meter runs. Anyone can run 100 meters. The gradually added up. My garmond could not tell that I was only doing 100 meters, it reported 5 km, 10km or 15km depending on how many short 100 meters segments I did before I stopped.

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GHOSTFLAMES 4/17/2013 4:22AM

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