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Training Takes Effort..Sometime Effort “Hurts” April 24, 2017

My mileage is still limited to fractions of a mile but my lungs and heart are getting stronger and my body is trying to keep up. I should cross the 1 mile mark shortly and ….THE MARATHON DISTANCE IS SOON IN SIGHT…. Current complaints are coming from (in order of severity):

  • left knee
  • right shoulder
  • right knee
  • both ankles
  • low back

Now I am planning to strengthen the legs and back and increase the flexibility of the joints involved with a 2-3 stage program . Starting with easy sets of exercises, with low reps and advancing to some heavier work and eventually High Intensity sets and Intervals.

The first 100 pounds came off with help of the medicine to drain the excess fluids, now the next 100 will have to be earned with sweat and discipline. I am still walking but hope to mix in some easy running intervals in 2-3 months.

I have read a few books and a lot  web-based information on the training but one book I have is one of the famous IDIOTS guides…..

I am also relying on several books and sites for the walking/run training but my favorite is ChiWalking / ChiRunning information, videos and books by Danny Dreyer and Katherine Dreyer. Their website http://www.chirunning.com/ is loaded with great information and can send us on a great journey of information gathering and fitness adventure. The central focus of the running and walking programs is doing so injury free. This has great appeal to me as I come back to walking and running with a bucket of injuries.

I will keep a clear record of my progress and maybe even some photos but some of the potential “selfies” are still too gruesome to contemplate, even after a 100 pound loss.(how bad was I?)

NOW TO THE TITLE…

Yesterday I went for a medium distance walk and felt good and walked a little faster than I had in recent efforts. While doing the walk I felt a bit of strain in my lungs but I was breathing OK so I kept going. Ever since the diagnosis any question in my breathing /cardio-pulmonary system gives me pause. When I finished and checked my phone app…I had completed the workout at a level 20% faster than any previous walk. It certainly wasn’t a No Pain No Gain effort but there was some discomfort and i am glad for that. Time to try that a little bit more…maybe every 3rd workout.

now to figure a way to measure this and keep it both safe and effective for improvement

 

 

@martyroddy

 

Make this a Training Log or Keep Writing About Workouts or ?? April 16, 2017

I continue to walk and do the workouts on my journey back to health and then fitness. I have comfortable crossed the half mile distance and should be beyond a mile soon. Some basic goals for the immediate future :

  • Adding distance
  • Increasing speed
  • Improving flexibility and softness/ suppleness in my joints( knees)
  • Adding strength throughout entire body

The first is a simple proposition…keep walking and everyday go a little bit longer. The biggest challenge I face with this (many of us face it) is repeating the daily mileage without hurting legs and knees that have already been stressed and damaged on the gridiron and basketball court.

This concern is being addressed with the 3rd and 4th bullets in this list. Increased flexibility and improved suppleness will allow me to move “over ” the ground rather than on and through the ground with the related pounding. Strength will also improve the ability of my muscles to “catch and release”each footstrike with negligible pounding.

When I start working on speed I will pick a few workout routes or section of routes to time and then later to ” time trial”. A section that took me 10 minutes might have an ultimate goal of 6 minutes 30 seconds but intermediate goals of 9 and 7 minutes. Successfully increasing speed will ultimately rely on common sense and patience….not always strengths of mine .

I hav been joking with a high school friend about getting ready for a Fall half marathon …when I wrote that to her on Facebook I had just walked a half mile for th first time since my heart diagnosis.

I am still looking into creating some sort or running/ walking / fitness club or group for folks recovering from or living with some sort of heart health diagnosis. 

martysmarch@yahoo.com for information or interest in the club.

@martyroddy

 

Your favorite Running / Fitness Books January 31, 2016

I read a lot for fun and work and knowledge and health. As an athlete and fitness enthusiast I have read a lot of related books.

In this post I am asking you for input on your favorite running and fitness books. I have listed my favorite books about running- it was a tough choice but 1 of the books was a clear leader( because it was my first fave).

Reply here or on twitter at https://twitter.com/martyroddy

 

My favorite running books:

  1. Galloways Book on Running  by Jeff Galloway  http://www.amazon.com/Galloways-Book-Running-Jeff-Galloway/dp/0936070277     And his website  www.jeffgalloway.com
  2. Chi Running  by Danny Dreyer     http://www.amazon.com/ChiRunning-Revolutionary-Approach-Effortless-Injury-Free/dp/1416549447     Also at his website http://www.chirunning.com
  3. The Lore of Running  by Tim Noakes, M.D.        http://www.amazon.com/Lore-Running-Edition-Timothy-Noakes/dp/0873229592

I originally read these books in their 1st Editions and the later editions added or changed some things.   Galloway’s book took me from my first road race (a 10 miler) ever to a marathon As a one time footballer and still a 6’8 280-300 runner it was very helpful.

Chi Running has in the subtitle as Injury-free running and since I started running after years of football and basketball with the attending knee and ankle injuries- running without additional injury is a goal -a passion.

I originally read THE LORE OF RUNNING in its 2nd edition but really like the changes that arrived in 3 and 4.

Now in my 50’s my workouts on the roads and trail combine the ideas of bot Galloway and Dryer and the info in Lore has combined with other reading for background on how I live sweating and in rest of life.

WHAT ARE YOUR BOOKS?

 

 

 

https://twitter.com/martyroddy

 

 

Walking ( and Running) and Weight Loss July 22, 2015

Filed under: plan,program,Running,Walking,Weight Loss,weight management — bigfootmarty @ 10:42 pm
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Recent reflections in the mirror were quite horrifying and a plan to workout – walking and running- has been hatched.

A leg injury and relapse with the injury has resulted in some ugly weight gain and a matching reduction in strength and fitness. I have also felt sluggish and had some challenges moving during the work day.  I am an longer physically energetic and active.

My knees have some history from earlier team sports injuries but they have done well with running, but this injury put me on my butt and the knees no longer had as much activity and use and the additional weight placed a lot of stress on them

I have long been a an of the daily run and hope to get back to that. Of course my run is actually a combo of Walk-Run as promoted by (Olympian) Jeff Galloway in his books and now websites . In the world of fitness and calorie burning- walking roughly equals running….the biggest difference is that running usually burns more calories faster….much like driving the same  F-150 pickup truck burns more gas when driving 65 mph v. 42mph.

I have a target weight goal that will take a long term plan with careful and smart eating combined with safe exercise and a reasonable expectation of the timing for the results

      Some quickly found articles and posts on the topic. Lots of good stuff…..

A ]     http://www.naturalnews.com/040850_walking_exercise_weight_loss.html

B]     http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/05/29/is-it-better-to-walk-or-run/?_r=0

C]   http://theaddictionscoach.com/los-angeles-sober-coach-walking-is-a-powerful-weight-loss-tool-eating-right-and-being-active-is-so-important-for-a-healthy-body-and-mind/

What kind of devices..TOYS… can you use to help achieve the fitness or “fatness” goals?Will they help?

http://www.forbes.com/sites/robertpearl/2015/02/19/wearable-device/

SUMMARY…..Get out every day and every other day go for 45- 60 minutes and take it easy while having fun…

TWITTER-

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Great Runner and Food and Vegetarian / Vegan – Sites and Blogs May 9, 2015

http://www.nomeatathlete.com/

No Meat Athlete is a personal favorite – good info on food, health and running.

http://www.veganrunnereats.com/

Recently found this one but after reading for 30-45 minutes I was excited to add it to the list. .

http://www.runningonrealfood.com/blog-love-3/

Lots of info on fitness, vegan food and life styles.

http://www.theathletarian.com/

http://eat-spin-run-repeat.com/

http://fitfoodiefinds.com/

https://twitter.com/martyroddy

 

My Knees …Hey they feel Better April 12, 2015

As a football player…in my questionable youth… I did some damage to my knees { shoulder, head, ankle, elbow….} but I have been fortunate to keep them useful and supple by remaining active for the 30 years since I last strapped on knee braces and gold helmet.

I am constantly asked , “you run?” Then invariably the next question is isn’t it bad for the knees?    I ALWAYS chuckle and then tell them of my pre-running knee history but I quickly follow that running for fun and fitness from the time I finished playing football has kept my knees in useful condition.

A recent conversation with a friend led to this posting and hopefully will help her and maybe some others.

One thing I learned ass that injured body parts need to be used as soon as possible, even if in a light REHAB mode.  I found that keeping the knees supple was a matter of :

A. Smart exercise – regular but easy walking and running ( I have run many races ,including marathons BUT I do it easily and have fun) almost all NO 99.9% of running injuries are caused by running and training at limits without proper rest, recovery and balance.

Many people talk of overtraining but I see much more UNDER-RESTING.

More on this later….

Some other info to share.

The following is a few exercise s that are helpful for a many people. They are especially helpful if you are active or wish to be active again.

http://kneestrengtheningexercise.com/knee-pain-relief-exercises/

** A specific and useful exercise for knee pain and stability. It has the added benefit of increasing positive between hips,low back and knees. This all important triad can lead to long term comfort.

http://www.prevention.com/video/penguin-walk-knee-pain?cid=socFit_20140705_27208296

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Western States 100 Mile Run – Results are in…Well the Leaders are In !! June 29, 2014

At this stage int he race the racers and gifted runners are finished or have DNF’d to try another day and the troopers are still chugging away toward the finish line.

The annual Squaw Valley to Auburn effort is well underway

 

CONGRATS WINNERS

Rob Krar under 15 hrs  and Stephanie Howe just over 18 hours…..

I am still amazed at the cool technology we have to keep track of results from 3000 miles away before or after church or bed ( last night). Nothing new or fancy but just as cool.

 

I have a goal of a 100 miler but with my legs (multiple surgeries on knees,ankle etc [football fun in my youth]  has me wondering about the “smarts” of such a goal. Now WSER or Leadville may be crazy but there may be some courses that won’t break me(distance can do it all alone ).

Returning to the races and adding distance to the collection of 26.2 finishes will be the first step…”baby steps”  to the ultra distance thanks to Bob Wiley from the movie, “What About Bob?”

 

Some news and stories from Western States, about Western States.

http://www.run247.com/articles/article-5152-jez-bragg-interview%3A-i%27ll-do-it-my-way%21.html

Interesting Rob Krar stuff here:

http://iancorless.org/2013/06/19/western-states-endurance-run-preview/

And a great movie about SOME history-

http://www.therunnerstrip.com/2011/11/the-story-behind-unbreakable/

http://www.wser.org  For more info and search under various names. listings titles for this race and others around the trails near you and all over…..