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b-lansing

Wolfeboro, NH
Joined: 18 Dec 2004
Posts: 10

Just wanted to say hi... Posted: Sat Dec 18, 2004 10:10 am 

Hi, I saw a post about this board on coolrunnings and thought I'd check it out. Very nice. I'm just starting to run again after years of being away due to arthritis. I'm now trying to control my symptoms through diet. That works 70-80% of the time. I'm 43, woefully out of shape and more than just a little overweight! (I do love a challenge)! Anyhoo, along with everything else, I work 3 12hr (7p-7a) night shifts a week at a hospital in the ICU. I had my first run/walk yesterday and stayed with it 35-40 minutes. My husband and son were impressed by the fact that I even went out in the low 20's cold. My question is, should I take today off and pick up again tomorrow, or have another go at it today? I know I need to take it easy in the beginning and not injure myself, but I'm curious how often in the beginning?

Betsy


Rickshaw
Runworks 2005 5M Racer
San Francisco, CA
Joined: 26 Nov 2004
Posts: 1157

Re: Just wanted to say hi... Posted: Sat Dec 18, 2004 12:05 pm 

Hi and welcome! That sounds like a pretty challenging work schedule you've got. I'd think that doing some running would help you a lot with stress relief as well as leading to overall health improvements.

Congrats on your run/walk in the cold yesterday! I'd let your body be your guide as to whether you should take a day off. Are your muscles aching, sore, and stiff today? Or do they feel pretty good?

I'd suggest trying to create a regular schedule for yourself, like running 3 days a week at specific times. That way it will become a habit and a normal part of your routine, and you'll be much more likely to stick with it in the long term.

Let us know how it goes!


Rickshaw
Runworks 2005 5M Racer
San Francisco, CA
Joined: 26 Nov 2004
Posts: 1157

Re: Just wanted to say hi... Posted: Sun Dec 19, 2004 12:30 pm 

Betsy, how did it go? Did you end up running again yesterday? How are your legs?

b-lansing

Wolfeboro, NH
Joined: 18 Dec 2004
Posts: 10

Re: Just wanted to say hi... Posted: Sun Dec 19, 2004 7:24 pm 

Hi, yes as a matter of fact I did run yesterday evening for about 25 min. and it was wonderful!!! My legs were tired last night but fine this morning.I took today off and went to the mall with a friend and ended up walking around for 6 hrs. Tomorrow is back to work (12 hrs. of constant motion) so I'll hit the trail on Tue.

Betsy


mfox

South Orange, New Jersey
Joined: 19 Dec 2004
Posts: 367

Re: Just wanted to say hi... Posted: Sun Dec 19, 2004 8:32 pm 

Congratulations Betsy. My main advice would be to take it slow. Don't over do it. You don't want to get burned-out or injured before you start to see real results from your effort. I agree with the other response that you should let your body be your guide. In the beginning you should probably take a day off or do some easy exercising/cross-training on days when you feel your body is a bit stiff and/or sore. As you get in to better shape and are gettiing faster or can run farther, then you'll begin to be able to tell when it's your body talking or your mind. Your mind can trick you into thinking you're more tired or sore than you really are. When this happens to me and I'm not sure if it's my body talking or my mind...I tell myself to go out for an EASY run; half of what I would normally do...and at a 30-60 second slower pace then normal. This way I won't hurt myself if I truly should be taking the day off. If I still feel tired and/or sore after the first couple of miles then I call it quits and congratulate myself on running even a little instead of sitting on the couch. But I often find that after the first couple miles my mind (mood) has changed and my body feels loose and ready to go. I usually find that I feel like picking up the tempo and I end up running close to the kind of training run I had intended.

Good luck on reaching your fitness goals.


runnerswife


Joined: 08 Dec 2004
Posts: 33

Re: Just wanted to say hi... Posted: Sun Dec 19, 2004 11:09 pm 

mfox wrote:
Your mind can trick you into thinking you're more tired or sore than you really are. When this happens to me and I'm not sure if it's my body talking or my mind...I tell myself to go out for an EASY run; half of what I would normally do...and at a 30-60 second slower pace then normal. This way I won't hurt myself if I truly should be taking the day off. If I still feel tired and/or sore after the first couple of miles then I call it quits and congratulate myself on running even a little instead of sitting on the couch. But I often find that after the first couple miles my mind (mood) has changed and my body feels loose and ready to go. I usually find that I feel like picking up the tempo and I end up running close to the kind of training run I had intended.


Wow, that's great advice! And not just for running, but a great technique for any exercise...


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