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3/27/18 2:46 P

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When you say "really winded", what do you mean? Do you wheeze and/or feel like it's hard to catch your breath, even though your muscles aren't that tired? Do you cough, and does that cough continue for a while after exercising?

You may have exercise-induced asthma. The great thing about this particular disease is that it's incredibly treatable! My husband didn't get diagnosed until he met me, because his brother had more stereotypical asthma, and he didn't know there was any other kind. He always thought he was just "out of shape" (my dad has exercise-induced asthma, so I was familiar with the symptoms). Basically, before strenuous exercise like running, he does an inhaler, and he's good to go. Getting tested is pretty easy - just blowing into a device in a doctor's office.

If that's not the issue, then I would highly recommend pushing yourself on the sprints, even if that means you have to walk a bit during the jogs. You'll find over time that your average "just chugging along" speed will increase until you the jogs really do feel like recovery.

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3/27/18 11:16 A

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I think you should do the sprints because I find the only way to improve is to struggle through the hard parts, eventually they become easier.

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3/15/18 6:58 A

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The main benefits of HIIT come from the high intensity portions of the workouts. The low intensity part is to recover between the high intensity intervals, so you can log more total time at hard efforts during your workout than if you just did it one one hit.

If moderating your efforts during the recovery intervals to walking pace helps you go harder during the high intensity intervals, then that is what you should do.

The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.


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3/15/18 1:55 A

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If you think the getting winded is an unusual problem, you should check with the Doc. You don't wanna flop over from being well behaved. Never quit!

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3/11/18 1:18 P

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I am not a runner but running is a big part of a new gym I joined, it's a HIIT workout gym. The use curved manual treadmills which are supposed to be better for those of us flatfooted people who suffer from plantar fasciitis. I've been going for a month now and other than some slight aches in my knees, it's been fine. I have real pain in my knees and they get swollen after running on a powered treadmill or even outdoors. Now that I know these manual treads don't give me the same issues, I'm ready to fully explore running within the context of HIIT. Typically, there are short/medium/long jogs and sprints on any given day. i find that I get really winded and I'm wondering if I will see the most improvements from committing to doing all the jogs and holding back on the sprints or go full tilt on all the sprints and possibly have to walk some of the jog intervals. The running portion of any session is about 15 minutes in total if that's important to know.

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