Philip Brewer's Writing Progress


Wednesday, 16 April 2003

Clarion classmate Rick Polney has the makings of a great blues tune. Sing it Rick.

In day job news, I'm trying to wrap things up for a bit. I'm going to be taking some vacation time and doing some traveling. Posting may be intermittent, but we'll be around and then back.

When I first start running after a long break, I can't run very far at all--just 4 or 5 minutes, less than half a mile. No matter how slowly I run, I can't quite manage to transport enough oxygen to my muscles. I get out of breath.

If I keep it up, though, I very quickly--in just a few runs--manage to run farther. In just a week or so, I get to the point where I can run for 6, 7, 8 minutes.

Then (and this is the interesting part) pretty much all of a sudden, when I can run about 9 minutes, all of a sudden I can run for 20 minutes. Before, I was running an oxygen debt, falling a little further behind with each step. Only once I'm actually coming up with enough oxygen, do I seem to be able to make it for 9 minutes, at which point I don't need to stop just because I get out of breath. Instead, I can run until I get tired in some other way.

Today was a rest day from the exercise, and it came at just the right time. I'd been feeling pretty tired, but after resting today, I'm feeling good.


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