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25 Jun 2007

Hi Ross

Thanks for your prompt reply.

I joined the Walk for Life classes to improve my fitness (at the insistence of my surgeon). On my first session I struggled, if I remember correctly, my pulse to start with was 26 - they work on 18-25 for my age group (44) per 10 secs. I had no idea before I started with the Walk for Life classes how unfit I was. On my first 12.5 min walk my pulse had come down to 22 - its taken after your first lap - I do my walks at St. Peters College in Sunninghill 17:00/17:50 - (you do the same circuit for beginners every time you walk for the moment anyway - my point is when I did my 2nd 12.5 min walk Tues last week I seemed to struggle more, i.e. I seemed to get tired far more quickly than the first 12.5 mins, so I was slower, so I walked less distance. Must I just focus on the given time of walking and assume that some days I might be more tired than others, i.e. I had had 1hr physio treatment for my leg that am and hope the distance will eventually get better. The Walk for Life team know the exact distances of all routes they allocate to members, i.e. it seems that if I do 1.5 laps as I did the 1st 12.5 mins its 1.1km and if I do 1 only its 0,8 - which is what I did Tues -something like that. I was just so disappointed! I wasnt having problems with sore feet or anything, it was just I was so out of breath.

Hope this makes some sense! Thanks again for the help. Let me know if you want me to explain anything else!

PS I am on bp medication and have only 1 kidney. (They know this).

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01 Jan 0001

HI there

OK, that's a lot clearer now. I'm still not 100% sure what they do with this information that they gather. It's all good and well to know that you walked 300 m less on day 2 than on day 1, but do they use this information to change anything about your programme? Because unless they do, then it's no problem at all, because every day, you'll be walking the same duration, which, as I said last time, is all that's really important for now.

There are variations in performance from one day to the next, often unexplainable. So maybe the physio made a difference, maybe it was something in the air - don't laugh, often, there are pollens or pollutants that make breathing more difficult some days than others. And then because you are new to running, you will be a little more inconsistent than you will be once you are super fit and more accustomed to training.

So just keep it up and see how it develops. If 0.8 km is your limit, then that's fine for now, no sense pushing beyond this. It will come in time, be patient and persistent and don't get caught up in the numbers game - enjoy your walking, no pressure.

Good luck
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