August 30, 2004

August 28, 2004

A little faster but not much improvement

My wakeup HR was 61 this morning. I completed my walk/jog at a slightly faster pace. I'm still not ready for an increase in the jogging.

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August 25, 2004

A good 0.3 miles

My wakeup HR was 61 this morning, and it was the same for Monday & Tuesday. I walked the 0.6 miles and jogged the 0.3 miles today and Monday and felt pretty good at the end. However, I could tell I'm not ready for another increase in jogging. Before the accident I needed about two weeks (6 runs) to adjust to an increase, and, since my body is weaker now, I'm expecting I'll need more time than that. We'll see. The temperature today was in the low 60s with a 10-15 mph wind from the south.

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August 22, 2004

Wakeup HR down to 67

Before the accident my wakeup HR was in the mid to high 40s. After the accident it has been in the high 70s. However, today it was 67. I walked about 0.6 miles with my wife (normal course) and then I jogged 0.3 miles to finish my workout. I've been jogging about 0.15 mile, so this doubled my jogging. I felt good at the end and would have like to have kept on going. That is how I like to finish a run, feeling good and wanting to continue. I'll see during the next week if I can keep the 0.3 mile jog three times a week.

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August 13, 2004

Goodbye to Kings Peak

Earlier in the spring I had planned to climb Kings Peak (highest peak in Utah) in August.. The elevation change from the trail head to the top is about 4300 feet, and the peak is 13,500+ feet. To help me train for the climb, I planned to be running 7 miles three times per week and 1 mile the other two days. Here it is August, and I'm doing 1 mile three times per week, including an 1/8 mile jog (the rest is walking). Oh well, someone said plans were made so they could be broken :) That's ok. I have my whole life ahead of me to reach my goals! Patience is a great virtue in life.

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August 12, 2004

First jog since the accident

On May 19, my wife and I were in a serious auto accident. She was in the hospital for 2 1/2 weeks, and I was in the hospital for about four weeks, being unconscious for the first two weeks. After leaving the hospital, I was at the home of my sister-in-law for a month receiving home therapy. During that time, my wife and I walked about 0.6 mile each day.

Tonight I did my first jogging since the accident. I mixed into my walking distance a very slow jog for 1/8 mile (a city block). It felt good to run again. Because of the short distance and slow pace I didn't put my running shorts on. I wore my running shoes and ran in my jeans and polo shirt. Tomorrow is a rest day, and I'll try it again on Saturday.

This accident really screwed up my heart rate (HR). Before the accident, my wakeup HR was in the mid to high 40s and my HR during the day was in the mid to high 50s. Now, my HR during the day is in the mid to high 70s. Hopefully, as I gain strength my HR will come down. I haven't been measuring my wakeup HR, but I'll start doing that so I can see how it behaves.

This high HR indicates my body is still stressed out and hasn't recovered from the accident. That fits in with my low energy level. I'm getting tired after a relatively short time of physical activity. I lost 20 pounds while in the hospital and have only gained back 5 pounds.