The other day was supposed to be day 1 of month 3 of my running training. For this month, I am supposed to run at a faster pace for 2 minutes, then drop down to my “normal” pace for 1 minute. This is the flip of last month, where I did slow for 2 minutes, fast for 1.
Well, things started out good. I tore off and ran faster than ever until about the 1 minute 30 second mark. Then something odd happened. I got a tingling sensation going up and down BOTH arms. When I slowed down, the feeling vanished from my arms but then seemed to travel (for lack of a better term) up to my jawline, where I had the same sensation running along my jawline from ear to ear.
Instead of doing a slow run, I dropped to a walk. I got my breathing under control. The sensation vanished, so I decided to test the waters and return to the slow run. Since the sensation did not return, I picked up the pace a little…until I felt it come back.
Needless to say, I followed the old advice that can be summed up in one sentence: “Listen to your body.” I cut the run short at 5 minutes. By the time I stopped, I had run 0.52 miles. (Let’s assume I could maintain that same pace for my entire run. If you multiply both the time and distance by 3, then that means in 15 minutes I would have done 1.56 miles. In other words, I would hit 1.5 somewhere BEFORE 15 minutes, which means I would still be closing that gap and getting my time down to 13.)
That sensation has me nervous. I can’t wait until my insurance kicks in at my new job so I can go to the doctor and see what might possibly be going on. The worst part about it is that I just started noticing that I am actually starting to lose weight. Now my old body is going to betray me and keep me fat?
Bull. I am not going to let age keep me from getting healthier. Maybe this running routine isn’t meant for me, but then again I don’t see how the weight can drop off unless I am in fact doing something that pushes my limits.
Maybe it’s just a matter of learning what those limits are and not pushing TOO far past them.