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6 Months Of Being A “Runner”

Posted: February 3rd, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: nutrition, running | 4 Comments »
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One thing that I believe is very important in life is reflection. It allows you to consciously think about what you’ve done and accomplished and through reflecting you get fired up for what you can do next.

I’ve now been running for 6 months (as of the close of January).

7 Months ago, I couldn’t run a mile without pain. I couldn’t walk from my parking spot into our house carrying groceries without being winded. I thought about what I ate, but I didn’t account for quantity. I drank too much to not be doing anything active to counterbalance. I didn’t understand what running was.

I’ve learned so much. I thought running was something you just did…you either were good at it, or biology wasn’t on your side and you were doomed to walk and sit. I’ve studied and discovered that running isn’t inherent, it takes a technique that you constantly have to work to build and to maintain.

Going Slow
I’ve built my miles slowly and I’ve been uninjured for 6 months. Hell, I haven’t felt a twinge of pain in 6 months. I’m beating the statistics there. I credit this to building a foundation of miles with goals that were healthily achievable.

Logging miles in this fashion has allowed me to work on perfecting a technique that will sustain me in running for the rest of my life. I’m not out there entering a marathon or setting goals that will surely outpace my bodies ability to adapt. I’ve just been running and it’s been a lot of fun!

Miles, Miles, Miles (speed will just come along one day)
“Build miles and speed will come”.  Rob told me this…over and over again when I would contact him frustrated at being slow. Well, he was right.

Average pace of my first 8 runs – 10:26
Average pace of my last 8 runs -    9:27

I shaved a frikin minute off my mile pace. And keep in mind, the last 8 runs were at distances that average 3 times as far as the first 8. Keep putting miles into the bank and it appears your return on that investment is a bit of speed!

Probably the most remarkable changes I’ve experienced (and others have witnessed) is the changes in my health.

I’ve lost around 27lbs since I started running. It’s important to note that I didn’t really look all that heavy at all, I’m 6 feet tall and was 206lbs back in August. I lost weight that I didn’t really know that I had to lose. It feels amazing to have that excess weight off!

Resting heart rate July 2009 = 68bpm
Resting heart rate Dec 2010  = 53bpm

My resting heart rate is well below average now, a sign that I am healthier now than 6 months ago. More importantly is this vital measurement:

Blood pressure July 2009 = 140/90
Blood pressure Dec 2010    = 120/80

I was border line hypertensive on my 30th birthday in July…that was an awakening for me. At last checkup, I am normal!

This is right up there with health. I am the happiest I’ve been in my entire life at this very moment. I feel great and I get the exercise I need to keep me regulated in terms of the foods I eat, the rest I get, and how I spend my free time.

I’ve found the joy in running and I’m doing my part to help make it contagious. I’ve started many folks in the past 6 months on to their own journey to become runner’s and get healthier.

4 Comments on “6 Months Of Being A “Runner””

  1. 1 Grandpa Love said at 9:04 pm on February 5th, 2010:

    Good for you, Bob.
    As you know, your family history is full of heart disease, among other things, aggravated by abuse of alcohol and tobacco and rich food. You not only are loosing weight and becoming healthier through decreased blood pressure; you are reversing any potential harmful genetics. As you age your fitness will trump medical intervention required by most elderly folks. As you discovered, exercise becomes an opium that morphs into a dedication to one’s self. If and when you are faced with medical challenges, your healthy life style becomes the mental and physical engine that will sustain you. I suspect that you will never develop diabetes or colitis or heart disease. One thing that you might consider looking into is a good cardiac workup to identify your base line.
    Keep up the good work.

  2. 2 Grandma Jan said at 1:38 pm on February 7th, 2010:

    Way to go Bob,
    As you know, I commented on how well you looked when I saw you at Christmas. It wasn’t just the weight loss – it was in your eyes and your voice and your whole demeanor. You have found the key – something that gives you joy. I hope you will continue it always – it is a gift to yourself and to your family. I’m so very proud of you.

  3. 3 Kevin Gienapp said at 2:32 pm on February 7th, 2010:

    I saw a link to your blog on RunningAHEAD. Nice job losing all that weight!

  4. 4 BobbyLove said at 10:03 pm on February 7th, 2010:

    Grandpa, Grandma – thanks, you’re words to very encouraging and I appreciate your support. I think an active lifestyle is something that is easy to lose in today’s world and I’m so happy I was able to find it and share it with my little family!

    Hey Kevin! Thanks for stopping by, it’s been a great journey, I look forward to getting better and staying healthy through running intelligently!

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