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    Hi Kim,

    I am glad to see that there is hope for someone with degenerative disk disease. Long story short, last year I stopped working and thought it would be the perfect time to get into jogging to lose 20 lbs and do a 5k. Jogging has been the only way I've ever been able to drop weight and I was looking forward to getting healthy. Flash forward a few months and I was flat on my back after an interval workout and some normal housework. Months later still a lot of pain, physical therapy, and pain meds and finally I was diagnosed with degenerative disk disease. I was told I wouldn't be able to "run" and received very little hope that anything would help get rid of the pain or help me lose weight. Now, a year later I'm more than fifty pounds overweight - a gain of about 30 pounds in an year!, have constant pain and am discouraged that nothing will change.

    Seeing your information here truly gave me hope that I can get into jogging again and maybe do the 5k I was planning to do when I became unemployed. I can't say listening to my doctors has been helpful, so I'm thinking that ignoring their discouraging feedback and taking things slow may be the answer. Thanks for sharing your journey. All the best,
    2526 days ago
    Hi, Kym, welcome to the SparkPittsburgh team! What is your connection to our fair city?
    2677 days ago
    Hi Kym,

    Thanks for writing! I'm doing the Damon Runyon Walk for a Cure (to raise money for Cancer Research) at Yankee Stadium this Sunday. I thought it sounded fun, and signed up the whole family.

    But I've been pretty lacking in the ambition to train, and now feel totally unprepared. So I went out to Holtsville Ecology Center on Tuesday, and ran the 1.2 mile loop in less than 12 minutes, walked 0.3 miles, and ran the rest of the second loop at the same pace as the first. What I was pleased about was that I seemed not to have lost my standard 10 minute mile pace that I had for my 3 races I did back when I was training.

    Yay me - And then I woke up Wednesday with sore shins, calves, and my right knee. I stretched for 2 days, but my knee is still feeling stiff and a bit sore, and I'm not sure how much running I'll want to do on Sunday. And to top it off, they just posted the course, and during the race, there will be a lot of steps - 270 of them! In increments of 100, 50, and 60, just to drain me!
    I think there will be a lot of poor times, but it should still be extremely cool running in the stadium - I'll be thinking Biggest Loser the entire time!

    I bought 2 SparkPeople shirts, and they seem to be smaller than I thought they'd be, but I'm going to stretch one and wear it, and hope there will be some SparkPeople there to meet - in 2500 runners there should be some, right?

    Anyway, I think I'm staying clear of races again until Spring, when I'm back into serious triathlon training again, and not just the cardio/strength stuff I'm doing now. Good luck on your turkey trot race, and don't worry about the pace - I think it's habit more than anything else, how else could I keep the same pace without hard training? Maybe some sprint training will get you out of your rut?

    Thanks again for posting, and keep dry! Maybe the sun will come out sometime this weekend for us!
    2991 days ago
    Thanks for your comment -- the support and friendship here on SP is amazing! Good luck with your goals --you can do it!
    3003 days ago
  • v JBMT08
    Thanks SOO much for your support! I know that I will do well, because I have it in my mind that I will finish!! emoticon
    3077 days ago
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