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I started couch to 5 K a few times before I was able to finish it in 2011. I was never a runner growing up, in fact I use to HATE HATE HATE running. Turns out I just hate running fast. Me and my whole 5 feet and two inches of awesomeness were not meant to run a 7 minute mile, and you know what… that’s ok. I just had to learn that running did not mean running fast. So a year ago I decided to train for a half marathon and ran 13.1 miles with my mom in February 2012 at Disney. It was pretty awesome and I wore a tiara and sparkly red running skirt. EPIC is what it was. I had the grand idea of continuing that training into marathon training, but my better judgement reminded myself that I had to finish residency get my licenses and what not and those two things are not compatible with not killing someone. Fast forward a few months later when I find out I have narcolepsy. YAY? The medicine is awesome in turns of not falling asleep all the time but the downside is that my heart rate goes from normal to 170 in 3 seconds with exertion. Minimal exertion. 1 flight of stairs, running, walking fast, etc. It was frustrating going from running 20 miles a week to unable to go up the stairs at work without needing an hour to not feel short of breath from the 170 heart rate. I saw a bunch more doctors. Had my heart and lungs checked out and was put on more medication to slow my heart down. YAY? Now I have to find a balance of  running or exercising (so I don’t have to buy new bigger clothes) and not feeling like someone kicked me in the chest and which combination of meds lets me do that.

I previously was running a 10:30 mile with the galloway run/walk method. I usually ran somewhere around a 4:1 interval. Yeah that’s not happening right now. I’m lucky to not feel like dying with a 13 minute mile. But you know what, it’s still running and that’s all that really matters. I am embracing my inner tortoise a little more than before. The last week I ran a 2:1 interval and didn’t get too short of breath and my heart rate comes down during the walking intervals. Hills still suck immensely and I can’t run up them, but they sucked before too. I plan to increase the running time 15-30 seconds per week until I am back at 4:1. I like the 5 minute total interval for math purposes. It’s so much easier.

My mom is looking at doing the half or maybe the full Space Coast Marathon in November. I don’t think I am up for the full yet, but the half is definitely doable. It won’t be fast or pretty but you know what… I don’t care. I have secret (or not so secret since I am putting it on the internet) of training for the Boston Marathon for one of the narcolepsy foundations. I am waiting to hear if they get any bibs this year or not…

Radford has a lovely little trail along the new river (see picture above) that is perfect for running. Christiansburg/Blacksburg has the Huckleberry trail. A girl can’t ask for much more, other than her heart to cooperate with this plan.

I just need to remember running at noon on the first day the students are back on campus is probably a bad idea. Also sunscreen is a good idea. At least I don’t have wood floors anymore so I won’t repeat the sunscreen/fall incident of 2010.

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Little Orange Box

If you notice at the very end of the right column there’s a little orange box.  It says Dailymile.  Daily Mile is a handy dandy little social networking site for runners/walkers/swimmers/whateveritisthatyouliketodo.  You get to tally all your runs (insert exercise of choice) and it tells you how many donuts you burned.  This may be counter productive because it makes me want to go eat donuts.  It also tells you how many calories/total miles/times around the world/etc.  I also love graphs and statistics and it has LOTS of them.  I like to see when my longest run was, or the fastest.  It’s a fun little competition that I have with myself.

 

That’s right I’ve been running.  I hate running, but I also hate being fat and lazy.  And seeing as being healthy and losing weight is generally a simple math problem exercising is key. (calories burned > calories consumed = weight loss).  I promise it’s not really harder than that – and that is my medical advice.  Even with all the traveling and hospital visits I am averaging 3 times a week of running/walking – FOR A MONTH.  Be very impressed.

 

I am working on training for 5K using the Couch to 5K plan.  My favorite podcasts of the program are here.  There are several podcasts available, but I am just not a fan of techno music.  It makes me want to have a seizure.  I like the little ipod telling me run now, walk now, congrats on not dying while running today. 

 

I do have to give props to the program though.  I am not a runner.  I haven’t run since my high school GPA depended on it.  And if you think that my 4.0 GPA was going to be ruined by not being able to run the mile in whatever time they gave me… well that just wasn’t going to happen.  The program is based off intervals of running and walking.  The first week is 60 seconds of running 90 second of walking – repeat.  The amount of running gradually increases until oh week 5.  I am in the middle of week 5.  This morning it was two 8 minute chunks of running – which I did sounding like a 2 pack a day smoker (I blame the cold and not my inability to run).  I ran all 8 minutes (ok it was a slow run, but it was still running) without stopping.  The next day is suppose to be 20 minutes.  Hopefully the lungs will cooperate.

 

Why do this 5k thing you ask?  I am the type of person that needs goals.  I like deadlines, even if I wait and do 90% of the work the night before.  I still need to know that it’s there.  Have I signed up for a 5k?  hahah.. don’t get ahead of yourself there. 

 

Do I love running… no.  I am not a crazy marathon runner, yet.  Does it make me not feel like a giant blob when the sun hasn’t been out in days… maybe.  I am at least starting to appreciate the running.

 

It’s just another thing for people to make sure I am accountable.  I think left to my own devices I’d sit around eat chocolate all day, snuggle furball and start new knitting projects (did you hear that…. it was Jacie cringing).  But man I would be fat and happy just like furball.  (I added his modeling picture to his page, because it makes me laugh EVERY time.)

 

So you may hear more about running or whatever…this is your heads up.

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