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2019 April 17

Running hiatus

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I am going to stop running for a few weeks and reassess my goals.  What triggered this change was my annual physical, where I got some of my various aches diagnosed.  There were three main outcomes:

  • It is worth trying ezetimibe in addition to my current rosuvastatin to see if that controls my cholesterol better—it is probably less of a risk than increasing the statin dose.  Interestingly, my insurance requires prior authorization for ezetimibe (a $9/month generic), which makes no sense at all.  I’ll probably be paying for the prescription without insurance, since the full price will be less than the insurance co-pay would be.  (They don’t pay for the $6/month rosuvastatin either.)
  • My elbow injury is probably tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis), for which I’ve been prescribed stretching and strengthening exercises.  I’ll also start wearing one of the tennis-elbow braces that wraps around the forearm.  I’ve had elbow inflammation before (due mainly to bad keyboarding posture), so I know more or less what to do about it.
  • The ache in my hip that I’ve had since last August is osteoarthritis, as I suspected (confirmed by X-ray). This is bad luck, but not unusually bad luck—the incidence of hip arthritis among men my age is about 12%, if I’m reading the literature correctly.  Experts seem to disagree about whether running is safe for people with hip arthritis, but even those who recommend running agree that one needs to change to low-impact running styles and do other exercises to stretch and strengthen muscles to avoid further injury to the joint.  Almost all recommend working with a sports medicine specialist and physical therapist trained in running and arthritis to determine exactly what is reasonable.  I’ll probably be doing that when I have some spare time (this summer?).

I was just feeling good about having done a 5km run last weekend, albeit at a slow pace (8:35 mile pace), and now it looks like I won’t be increasing my distance to 15km this summer as I had planned.  I may never run a marathon—I should have tried 20 years ago, when my body was better able to tolerate abuse and recover from it.

2019 March 31

Thirty-fifth weight progress report

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This post is yet another weight progress report, continuing the previous one, part of a long series since I started in January 2015.

I have found it harder than I expected to keep my weight within my target range.

My weight continues to drop (slowly), and I’m back to the weight I was a year ago. I hope to be able to pull the weight down a little further this spring, and I really want to avoid the big summer&fall weight gains I had last year.

My exercise for March included about 3.67 miles/day of cycling, which is a drop from February—probably attributable to exam week and Spring break, during which I was not commuting to work every day, but grading from home.

I’m now doing 2.5km runs two–three times a week. That’s not going to get me to my goal of eventually running a marathon, but I’ve not injured myself again, and it helps keep me in shape so that I can try upping the distance over the summer.  I’m going to try again for a 15km run in August or September.  There seems to be about 1 pay-to-enter run a month in Santa Cruz (starting around March), so I shouldn’t have any trouble finding something to enter.

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I’m maintaining about an 8:20 mile pace (3.2 m/s, 11.6 k/hr) at the current distance.

 

2019 February 28

Thirty-fourth weight progress report

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This post is yet another weight progress report, continuing the previous one, part of a long series since I started in January 2015.

My weight continues to drop now that I’m teaching again and bicycling up to work every day.  I should be back in my self-imposed target range in another week, and in the middle of it by the middle of April.

My weight loss is not quite as fast or steady as the 2015 diet, but I’m making steady progress.  I’m not doing the large,raw-vegetable lunches this time, but just skipping lunch—it is much less trouble.

My exercise for February included about 4.85 miles/day of cycling, and I’m still doing 2km two–three times a week. That’s not going to get me to my goal of eventually running a marathon, but I’ve not injured myself again, and it helps keep me in shape.

I did have an occasion last week to be grateful for the running practice—I got to class on Wednesday (2019 Feb 20) and realized I had not picked up the quizzes from the print shop.  There were still eight minutes before class, so I ran from Thimann 1 to the basement of Baskin Engineering, picked up the quizzes and ran back, getting back to the lecture hall with two minutes to spare.  I was a little out of breath and sweaty, but the two minutes before lecture started were enough for my breathing to recover.

2019 February 1

Thirty-third weight progress report

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This post is yet another weight progress report, continuing the previous one, part of a long series since I started in January 2015.

Starting teaching again, with the daily commute up the hill and skipping lunches has helped start bring my weight back down.

I still have about 10 pounds to lose to get back to the weight I want—where I was a year ago.

My exercise for January included about 4.44 miles/day of cycling, and I’m now doing 2km every other day. That’s not going to get me to my goal of eventually running a marathon, but it should keep mr from injuring myself again, while maintaining enough muscle and flexibility so that I don’t have to start all over next summer.

My speed is not great (equivalent to an 8–8:30-minute mile), but I’m not exhausted at the end of 2km.

2019 January 1

Thirty-second weight progress report

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This post is yet another weight progress report, continuing the previous one, part of a long series since I started in January 2015.

This year has been really bad for my weight maintenance.

My weight is getting close to what it was before I started my diet 4 years ago.

My exercise for December included only 2.06 miles/day of cycling (including one 10-mile outing with my son to Wilder Ranch to ride the trails there—a long-wheelbase recumbent is not really well designed for mountain biking).

I started jogging again in December, even though my right hip is still bothering me. The running does not seem to make the ache in the hip any worse, and stopping for three months didn’t make it any better. I’m just doing short distances now (1.5km every couple of days)—not trying to improve my fitness, but just to maintain it so I don’t have to start all over next summer.

I started out very slow when taking up the jogging again, begin cautious about aggravating my hip, but I’m back to about the same speed as before my 3-month break.

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