Aches And Pains

It’s been a difficult week for me, with aches and pains hitting parts that I didn’t know existed, but I have now reached the 1km mark which feels like a massive reward โ˜บ

I’m all too aware of jogging being a high impact exercise and the consequences that can ensue when not listening to warning signs.

I have therefore backed off on the jogging a little over the past week, and have also invested in some decent Adidas road running shoes to lessen the impact as I pound the local roads. I’m amazed at the difference they make. For the connoisseur, the shoes are: Adidas Duramo 9.

Making that investment reinforces my commitment to jog – I’m tighter than a ducks arse, so parting with my cash is a sign that I aim to progress.

I have noticed that my lung capacity is already improving (I have asthma so am quite observant on that front), but my legs are slow in catching up. I do need to be cautious at being too eager, as injury could occur, which is the last thing I want to happen.

Despite the aches, I have been continuing with my 5 mile per day walking, which I had embarked upon at the beginning of this year.

The walking has seen me lose around 20lb in weight. I didn’t set out to lose the weight – I just love walking, and the outdoors. Hopefully, throwing jogging into the mix, albeit painful at times, will bring about much more enjoyment of my environment.

My latest observation:

  • Distance: 0.62 mile
  • Speed: 4.7 mph
  • Heart Rate: 158
  • Time: 08:34

Perhaps tripling my running time last week was a mistake. Experts say:

The 10-percent rule (10PR) is one of the most important and time-proven principles in running. It states that you should never increase your weekly mileage by more than 10 percent over the previous week. The 10PR gains its importance from the fact that the vast majority of running injuries are overuse injuries.

Gradual adaptation is the name of the game. So, slow and methodical I should go.

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