Friday, October 31, 2014

Week 1.......not bad!

So, I've been running for a week now.  Impressive, I know. :)

I am following the advice of my "exercise dude", Kyle.  Kyle works with my cardiologist and his role has been HUGE in my recovery from POTS.  I give him so much credit because he has been nothing but encouraging to me.  He is extremely knowledgeable about POTS and I respect his advice.

At my last check-up a few months ago, I mentioned to Kyle that I may be interested in running.

Now, Kyle knows me from my sickest days with POTS and remembered the time I told him I would never be interested in becoming a runner.  He never pressured me to run at all.  He never even suggested it.  Just want to make that clear.

We just happened to be talking and I asked him about a big gold ring he was wearing--it reminded me of a Super Bowl ring.  He told me the story of how he made the U.S. Olympic team and earned that ring. No joke.  I knew he was a runner, but I didn't know he was a former Olympian!

Well, needless to say when I told him I was interested in beginning running, his face did this.... :D

Kyle's advice to me was to begin by walking 4 minutes and then running at a sloooow pace for a minute or less.  Rinse and repeat as many times as I could for the duration of 30 minutes without wearing myself out and by closely watching my heart rate monitor.  He made it clear that even if I could only run 5-10 seconds at a time before feeling fatigued, that was a great place to start.

That's what I've done.  And I feel great!

I alternate my exercise by doing cardio 3 days a week, with strength training in between those days. So, a total of 6 days of exercise most weeks.  I find I need a day off.  In the past, if I tried to exercise all 7 days of the week, I would become fatigued and end up missing several days at a time before I could resume.  I'd rather take off 1 day than miss several.

During my first attempt at running, I only made it about 1 minute and was only able to do it twice. I knew during that second try I was becoming very tired and my feet felt heavy.  Forgot to turn my heart rate monitor on.  Doh!

During my second attempt at running, I ran nearly 1/4 mile total.  Again, I could only manage two running bursts, but felt a lot better when I was done.  HR peaked at 177.

By the end of the week, I ran 1/4 mile.  My last run had my heart rate over 180, so I didn't push myself.  I think if I had initiated more runs I would have collapsed afterward.  As it was, I still felt really good and felt a good boost in energy for the rest of the evening.

I am pleased to still be alive!


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