I apologize in advance for all the topics I have started asking advice and help with stuff other than defensive carry or weapons.
I have been given some very good advice on my other topic of reenlisting into the military. I am hoping some of you with other specialties may be able to help me with this topic.
I need to get into better shape and condition. I have been training almost daily. My run is what is hindering me the most. Never been a runner, never put much into it either. I am giving it a legitimate attempt this time.
When I break into a shuffle/run and reach a point where my breathing becomes very heavy, much more rapid, and I start to feel that chest burn is usually the point at which I go back to a rapid deliberate fast walk until I get my wind back.
- Just what is it that is happening to me at that point?
- Can I safely push myself farther without injury or possibly death?
- When running for distance and I reach that point of hard rapid breathing will this actually go away if I keep going?
- Is my lack of running stamina due to cardio overload or lack of lung function?
- What is the best way to improve this or are there ways to improve other than running more?
- What happens if I push myself, or try too, beyond this breathing obstacle?
- How can I assess my running style and make improvements to my style (pronation?)
I have heard of "second wind" but the only second I have ever had was at the buffet
What I currently do, as my run, is I start out walking and quickly speed up my pace as I limber up a bit. Once I am walking at that fast, arm swinging "geriatric mall walkers" pace for about an eighth mile, I will break into an airborne shuffle of sorts. I will keep up this shuffle/jog for as long as I can (go back to the hard breathing part).
Once I start this hard breathing I will visually pick a point up ahead of me, along my route, and attempt to force myself to make it to that mark. At that point I will usually feel as if I must stop running and will go back to the geriatric walk. I start the process all over again until I have reached my two mile measure. I will sometimes try to sprint, or at least fast jog, the last 40 or 50 yards just to make myself feel better (or sick).