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Can I Clone Myself?

Can I Clone Myself?, originally uploaded by punquin.

I have been running around like crazy this week, and it is catching up with me. I spent today in a fog of tired.

Due to several reasons, I have had to fill in at work in the daycare every time I've gone in to the office. Yesterday I even spent a couple hours managing the dogs in the gym so that no one would have to have 4 hours in there in one shift (we were short staffed). I enjoyed it - it is definitely something I miss. I love spending time with all the dogs. Mostly, I have been filling in at the front desk dealing with customers. This keeps me from my computer, so I am getting behind on personal things. Hopefully, I can do some catching up this weekend. I've already been warned that I will be doing more daycare time next week.

Some of you may have gotten an invitation to our barbeque in Benny's honor this weekend (if I missed you, just let me know). I was going to go all out and order decorations and favors, but everyone was saying they couldn't come, so I scrapped that idea. So far, I've had 2 yes's. I'm not sure if I should cancel it, or just do something really small scale. Our roommate won't even be here. I dunno...

This morning, Benny and I went on our first jog together. Our first jog ever, really. We've done some mini practice jogs, though. For our first jog, we only went around in a circle that was 2 blocks by 2 blocks. I have no idea how to breath while running and my mold allergy (from the rainy weather) was causing so much phlegm that I was fighting the urge to spit or gag. Lovely. By the time we finished out cool-down walk, my breath was making gurgle-y noises that didn't go away until after a steamy shower. Allergies aside, does anyone have advice on how to breath and run at the same time? It sounds so easy, but I just can't do it. I am running in 5-year-old shoes, but I'm not spending money on good ones unless I am able to stick with this.

I should get to sleep... I am writing this in bed with my laptop on my chest. Night night.



( 6 comments — Leave a comment )
Jun. 15th, 2007 04:21 am (UTC)
cool photo! I don't know how to breathe and run either! I've never been able to run more than two laps (1/2 mile) without having to stop to catch my breath. I can't run on the treadmill for more than 4 minutes, so I have given up and just walk. I also can't swim freestyle for more than one lap without having to stop. I got an inhaler from the doctor for exercise-induced asthma, and it helps a little bit. Maybe you have the same problem as me.
Jun. 15th, 2007 08:47 am (UTC)
You could try...
... to run like a wolf, also known as wolf-jog. You run 100 meters (easy in a jogging stile) then walk 100 meters till you caught your breath, then you run again. But you never stop. By the time the distances you could run get longer.
Another trick is to breath out slowly through you mouth but keep the mouth nearly closed so that the air leaves you more slowly. This helps you to avoid that you start to get an too fast breathing frequency. I use that method when I'm mountain biking and climb a hill. That might let you sound silly (like a steam-train) but it's realy helping to control your breathing.

*points at the picture above* I didn't know that you have a twin sister. ^_^
Jun. 15th, 2007 11:12 am (UTC)
ngb2k's suggestion reminded me of this...


I don't know if you'd find it helpful, but I've used this program a few times, and it really worked for me (I had to use it more than once because I fell off the running wagon, and decided to start over).

In terms of breathing, the only advice I can give is to try to find a rhythm as you run - try different combinations to find what's comfortable for you. I usually start out breathing in for three or four steps, then out for three or four steps.

...and if you ever figure out the cloning thing, please share!!! =D
Jun. 15th, 2007 02:09 pm (UTC)
Last winter I had bad chest congestion and it was nearly impossible to breathe normally let alone with running. I found if you speed walk and then jog in short spurts until you feel like you can't catch your breath and slow down a little so you can catch that one deep breath again. It was the only effective way for me to run/jog/walk for over a month.
Jun. 15th, 2007 03:04 pm (UTC)
Deep, full, controlled breaths are your best bet.

This is something that you can play around with a bit and sometimes you might end up panting like a dog, but for stamina and in the end a more serene run you'll want full even breaths.
Jun. 15th, 2007 03:11 pm (UTC)
Basically panting like a dog will help with short speedy runs, but if you're going for sustained runs then you'll want to practice your breath control.
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