Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Running Day 3 of 24

Monday was running day again! My friend Jenn biked 2 miles to my house with her 20 month old in the bike trailer to watch the twins for me at 8AM yesterday so I could run by myself. It worked out great!

I did the same run. It was the last run on the easiest mode, where I run for 60 seconds and walk for 90 seconds. Tomorrow things get harder!

While on my run yesterday I was set out to run the same route and get even further than I did on day 2 but all my plans were foiled when I was about a quarter mile from my half way point when a neighbor driving the other direction rolled down her window and warned me of two dogs running wild off leash up ahead. Needless to say I turned around right away! She told me they were pit bulls to boot. Nothing like a dog bite in the first place and then nothing like a dog bite from a pit bull where they can lock their jaws on you! No thank you! I may have to start carrying pepper spray.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Running Day 2 of 24

Today I did the same routine as Tuesday. I jogged for one whole minute and walked for 90 seconds. I repeated this 7 more times to complete my 20 minute work out. I got a little bit further down the road this time so I may have reached 1.5 miles. I need to map it or clock it in my car.

I did bring my pulse ox with me. I don't think I'll bring it every time I go but it was certainly interesting to see. I wonder if my oxygen saturation will get better at the end of this 8 week training. After the first jog my sats were 93, after the second jog they were 90 and for the last 15 minutes they pretty much remained at 87%. I saw 86 on there one time, but it didn't stay there. My HR never got over 170 and pretty much plateaued at 160 or so.

I'm a tiny bit worried about the oxygen saturation. I do get dizzy, but I've never fallen over so as long as that doesn't happen, I think we're ok!

Friday, June 26, 2009

Running Shoes

This week I purchased running shoes. As my 6 month project came to a close, and my FEV1 did not budge even one one-hundredth of a point, I realized the next best thing to do is hit the pavement to see if that helps.

I am training for a 5K, but right now I'll take 5 blocks!

I started my training on Wednesday morning. I will be running 3 days a week for 8 weeks. This is a beginners training course.

My goal on Wednesday was to run for 60 seconds and walk 90 seconds. Continue and repeat 6 times. The first 2 rounds were hard, but not unbearable. I actually fooled myself into thinking I could DO THIS!

It was around minute 14 that things got really bad. I actually had to stop my stopwatch, sit on the curb and catch my breath. After resting for about 3 minutes I re-started my stopwatch and continued on my run. 2.5 minutes later, I had to stop again for about 3 minutes. At the end of the run when I was supposed to walk 90 seconds I couldn't even do that. Again, I stopped the stop watch and sat on the pavement under a tree nauseated and completely worn out. I finally got up and walked the rest of the way home. I made it about 1 mile in 18 minutes. Pretty sad.

Tomorrow I'm going to bring my pulse oximeter with me just too see how hypoxic I'm becoming.