7th May
2011
written by Randy

While I still have a long way to go, I’m happy to say that I’m making great progress! It seems like it wasn’t very long ago that I was utterly exhausted after running a pitiful 1km.

Last week, I got up to 3km, but it required several walking breaks, and I finished with an intolerable level of pain, including a terrible jaw pain for which I intended to work out the source.

I am excited to report that this week, I’ve continued to make progress, and I’m now running 5km, with few short walking breaks. My finishing time for 5km this week is ~35 minutes, which is a huge improvement over the ~40 minute finish time last week for 3km.

More importantly, the pain is much better. I switched to earbuds, rather than in-ear phones, and have since run in different conditions, from moderate to cold and windy, and have not had the same jaw pain. I’m going to presume that the culprit was my Apple noise-reducing in-ear headphones.

As reported last week, I’ve also begun working on my off-days toward goals of 100 push-ups and 200 situps. I’ve lost some strength in the 5 months since quitting my gym. Presently, I’m doing 20 pushups and 40 situps before resting. I can do more after a short rest, but the idea is to get through them without it.

Those numbers are both 20% of the goal, which is better than my running distance, which is only about 12%. But I’m doing well and making progress, so that’s exciting. There’s still a lot of time, so I have no cause for worry.

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