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Okay, I'm Running

One month ago today, I announced my intention to start running. I've now been running about 3x per week for a little more than five weeks. In that time, my average speed has gone from 4.6 to 5.2 MPH. So, I'm just shy of halfway to my goal of 6.0 MPH.

The good things: my back is still in great shape. I'm sleeping better (i.e., at all). I have more energy.

The bad: I have not only not lost any weight, I've gained a few pounds, even though my legs are considerably more cut. My face is breaking out from all the additional sweating. My skin is dry from 2+ showers a day.

All told, the goods outweigh the bads by a considerable amount. I'm giving myself 8 more weeks to reach my speed goal of 6 MPH, although knowing me, it won't take that long. And after that, I start upping my distance.


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Jul. 24th, 2003 02:39 pm (UTC)
I have never before heard anyone describe their running goals in terms of MPH.
I think most people develop a fair amount of muscle mass when they start running for the first time.

Jul. 24th, 2003 08:38 pm (UTC)
Melons Piled Higher
My overall goal was to be able to run 5 miles @ 6 MPH (so, run 5 miles in 50 minutes). My husband is a former runner, and he's the one that told me to work on either speed or stamina, but not both. He said that my training would progress faster with less chance of burnout if I only made progress along one vector at a time. And, if results are any indication, he's right.
Jul. 24th, 2003 11:04 pm (UTC)
Re: Melons Piled Higher
Oh, I would agree, I just thought that describing something as 5 miles in 50 minutes is a more normal way to describe running goals.

Myself, I'm just trying to run a fair amount 3 times a week along with other training for now. I'll have specific goals once I weigh less and can run more agressive with less problems from my shins and stuff.
Jul. 24th, 2003 07:10 pm (UTC)
My little brother gained about 20-30 pounds in a year of exercising regularly. He's no longer littler than me. But he's definitely in better shape.

For the skin, I'd suggest something like the Shampoo Plus from the L'anza Urban Elements line. It's a herbal shampoo and body wash that I just started using recently. I use the other Urban Elements products anyway (leave-in conditioner on a regular basis) and it seemed like a cool thing to try. You can get it at salon stores, in a gray bottle. Some of the *therapy products are good... I like tangerinetherapy but there are several other flavors.
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