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W1D1: Part II [Feb. 16th, 2004|11:56 pm]
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The weather was really nice today...almost balmy. Well, balmy for a Texas winter. I've noticed that my biggest problem on my work outs is related to my endurance (ability to breathe well and not get tired out). My muscles could probably carry me further if my endurance was better. I think that I may be running too fast and that it is hindering my endurance levels. I'm going to try and slow down my natural running pace and see if I can go farther. Maybe it is silly of me to think but it is almost as if my lack of obesity is making the runs harder. I'm not fit but I am naturally strong. So even if there is no "tone" (read: my muscle is covered in fat) I still have a lot of strength. I went a little bit farther than I did on Wed. & Fri. of last week. I'm going to extend my distance slowly.

I'm already begining to see results not only in my performance but also in my body. It seems like it is too soon for noticable changes. I'm guessing it is a combination of water and exercise increase with a decrease in my junkfood/empty calorie intake. My muscles are starting to tone up. My skin is definitely clearing up and looking more healthy. I cannot imagine what it will be like when I'm at the end of the C25K program and onto regular training.

I have a love/hate relationship with running right now. It takes a lot to get out and start and it is difficult once I do get out there. But even with the difficulty I'm already finding myself thinking fondly of my work outs. I look forward to running right up until the hour or so before I go. I think my hesitation is based on how difficult (physically) I find the work outs. I bet that when it is easier and more enjoyable to run during the actual run that I'll be over-come with positive feelings. All love and no hate. Now I just need to work my ass off until I get there.

Finally, I'm only sore in one place. The spot between my shoulderblades is pretty damn uncomfortable. I tend to carry my stress in my shoulders and neck so this would make sense. I've been trying to remember to stay loose in the shoulders while I'm working out. I think I'm going to start doing some back/shoulder/neck specific stretches often. Also, I spoke with my father about the insane after-work out coughing. (My father may not be good for a lot of things but he does have a respectable athletic past.) He says that it is most likely a combination of cold weather and my lungs getting used to running. I asked about smoke being a factor and he said it is likely a smaller part of the problem because it makes it harder for my lungs to recouperate. Supposedly the coughing will go away with time.