Walk Fast, Run Slow – but exercise

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Walk Fast, Run Slow – but exercise

I am beginning my third month of irregular exercise. It is irregular because I get going pretty good and then I over do it. Then I have to take extra days off to heal. My brain will not cooperate – it thinks my body is young and healthy and strong. The memories of two-hour racquetball sessions, five mile runs in the mornings, and hot steam baths pervade any sense of present day reality.

Today was my best day yet. I made it three miles in 43 minutes. When I started two months ago I could barely walk two miles, and then I could not walk around my house the next day. It took me two days to recover. I kept at it and eventually, like maybe in three or four weeks, was able to increase the distance to three miles.

I walked three miles every other day – and the walk took just over 55 minutes. I set a goal of three miles in 45 minutes. A couple of weeks ago I tried three miles three consecutive days and was so sore and tired that I had to take four days off to recover. I am slowly figuring this out – or should I say adapting to my age.

I cut the grass and worked in the yard yesterday – so I did not walk my route. I am lifting weights for upper body strength every other day. I am now able to walk every day – but I walk two miles on my ‘off’ days. I have achieved my goal of less than 45 minutes for three miles.

Now for new goals. I am going to try to walk three miles in 45 minutes six days a week. This is what I do, I risk causing problems – but it seems necessary to test my limits. If I don’t push myself then I fear that I will lapse back in to evening ice cream.

I am presently using a 200 and 100 rule. I walk 200 yards, then I jog 100 yards. Walk fast, run slow. My heart rate is my guide. The formula I use is simple, subtract my age from 220. Multiply the result by .75 – that is my target heart rate. So I want my heart rate in a range from about 112 to 120 beats per minute. I use a ten second count so I am looking at about 17-20 beats. Anything over 20 and I slow down.

I feel good. I am chasing the old runner’s high that my brain thinks is readily available – and my body has long forgotten. My body is being reprogrammed with exercise. I can feel the capillaries beginning to open, the lungs expanding, my heart pounding with a steady rhythm.

One day I will traverse the three miles in 30 minutes – when I can do that I will map out a five mile course. Oh no, there is the pride of my brain sneaking in again.

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  1. Sounds like you’re doing great. I think the key thing is to find out what works for you, then stick to it. There is so much contradictory information out there as far as what the “best” form of exercise is. As long as you’re doing something, you’re on the right track. Cheers!

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