Day 51 -- Sept. 26, 2012
Today I'm 191 pounds of rolling thunder.
It's been just over a month since the lung exerciser came into our home.
If you've been reading along, this was the device I ordered off Amazon.com to help increase my lung strength and breathing capacity.
Now I'm about the biggest gizmo and gadget skeptic as there is out there. To me the Pocket Fisherman and Veg-O-Matic are strictly non-starters.
That's not to say I haven't tried my share of mega-shakes, wrist-strength builders and other revolutionary gadgets that came with promises of weight loss, muscle gain and general stamina increase.
But I've always been a poor runner and after four or so years of running on a regular basis I decided to roll the dice and try the lung exerciser. My idea was to find something that works but not so expensive that if it was a total fail I'd get upset every time I saw it collecting dust on my nightstand.
Now I'll grant you $40 was a high price to pay for some plastic pipe, a converted plastic mouthpiece and a tiny plastic ball, but you know what? This just might be Viagra for your lungs. OK, not Viagra, but definitely a form of performance enhancing drug.
In the last week, I've run my normal 6.5-mile loop twice without stopping to walk, as well as my 5.5-mile trek yesterday. And while I'm no faster than before, I find that I'm not stopping for my heart and lungs to catch up with each other.
And the great thing is, no 'roid rage. You just have to be sure and use the device daily. And, of course, wash the thing out on a regular basis.
Now I'll be the first to admit I sound a lot like Darth Vader sitting there wheezing in and out of my lung exerciser while I type away at my computer. And I look a lot like a person on one of those late-night infomercials.
But so far, so good. I made my normal long loop today with only a few stop light stops, but more important, no walking. It was a mild day, and that may be part of the difference in my success, but I chugged down the last hill with enough energy to keep going.
So if you see the world's slowest human out hitting the streets with a new-found spirit, give me a wave.