Tuesday, May 15, 2012
It's been so long since I blogged! What's been going on with me, you ask? Let me tell you!
I ran another 5k and shaved about 2.5 minutes off my time, setting a new PR. I was so dedicated leading up to that race. I was eating great, running faithfully, losing weight, setting bigger goals beyond the race... and then...
I got soooooooooooooooo sick last week. I woke up two days after the race, and my head was spinning in a violently lurching sort of way. I had to just lie in bed for the first 36 hours. Any attempt to sit up or get up made me so sick to my stomach. My husband took me to the doctor the 2nd day. The doctor thought it was probably not vertigo but a virus. They pumped me full of fluids and anti-nausea medication. The next day I was still fairly dizzy and lazy, but I at least didn't sleep all day and could handle walking around the house and eating a bit. Now, a week later, I'd say I'm 90% better. Still dizzy.
It's frustrating because I felt like I was in a great routine with the running and eating and was finally going to lose these last 15 pounds. What if this dizziness doesn't go away for a while? How can I push myself physically when I'm so wobbly on my feet? Maybe I just need to be more patient.
I did attempt running just a little yesterday. I ran around the block twice -- about 11 minutes at a very slow pace. I was happy that I could handle it without gasping for breath or toppling over.
I don't know at what point I should go back to the doctor for this dizziness. My guess it is caused by fluid in my ears. I hate going to the doctor when they act like you're being a hypochondriac and then charge you $200 for nothing. So I'm waiting it out. I'll keep popping my allergy pills and see if that does anything about my ears and dizziness. And I'm making sure I'm hydrated. It's like trying to solve a mystery.
I just want to run again!!! I feel like that has been the key to my losing weight. I won't quit running -- dizzy or not!
The 5k race was really great! I started out with my sister and some friends. Most of them disappeared ahead of me in the first 10 seconds. I didn't have that stubborn determination that I had in my first race to run without walking. My goal, if I felt like I needed to walk, was to walk at the 1-mile mark and the 2-mile mark. And that's what I did. Allergies were really getting to me, so I had to blow my nose. I was pushing myself about as hard as I could without totally sucking air. I ended up walking one more time after the 2-mile mark too and then ran faster to the end. 33 minutes! I was so excited to see my training pay off!
Now... it's all up in the air... maybe I'll try another short, easy neighborhood run tomorrow. Soon, though, I feel like I need to get back to some serious training. I don't want to be back to square 1!
Saturday, March 24, 2012
(to the tune of "Rollin', rollin', rollin'... keep those doggies rollin'... RAWHIDE!")
I spent so much time refining my running plan this morning that I almost didn't have time to run! HA! I'm just so excited to feel good again and be able to run again. I am really looking forward to my next 5k and want to do great at it!
Today I decided I needed to run a nice, easy pace and max out my mileage for the week -- and run without walking. I ran a whole 16 minutes without walking!! I could've gone farther but that would've put me over in miles and I so don't want to hurt my knees again. So....... I'm just thrilled that it felt wonderful and do-able again! YIPPEE!!
Now we're off to a piano recital and HUNGER GAMES!
Sunday, March 11, 2012
That verse was playing in my head this morning, like a song. That happens to me with music all the time. That never happens to me with Bible verses. I'm not a scripture-quoting kind of gal. In fact, I had to google it to find out that it is Psalm 118:24.
So... what's got me rejoicing in this day that the Lord made? Is today better than last Tuesday, for example? No. You know what it is? An attitude shift! I have the same struggles and the same life, but I'm feeling so much better. Rather than throwing up my hands in disgust, I'm tackling stuff. And it feels good!
Could it be, quite simply, a renewed happiness because this long, cold winter is over (and truly, it was MILD), and the sun is shining? That is part of the reason, I'm sure.
I must have a quoty brain this morning, because now this popped into my head: Ours is not to reason why.
Perhaps I shouldn't be overanalyzing the WHY of my happiness and just "rejoice and be glad in it" and thank God for giving me this day and this good attitude and the gift of thankfulness.
Happy Sunday, one and all!
Saturday, March 10, 2012
I'm having the best day! Lying on a beach, sipping a margarita? Nope. Enjoying some romance with my true love? Nuh-uh. I've been cleaning the house all day!!!! Getting things in order feels SO GOOD!
It's our first truly GORGEOUS day of spring -- windows open, short sleeves on, blue sky, birds chirping. Oh! BEAUTIFUL!
Hubby and kids have been great today -- cheerful and helpful and just overall nice to have around. What a treat! Get this: They washed my car! Inside and out, and WAXED. It's never been this clean. And it was BAAAAAAAAAAAAAD.
And then, to top it all off, I was borderline considering blowing off my run today because my to-do list is so long. I was getting to that point of needing a break from cleaning for a while, so I went for a nice run around our neighborhood. I took it easy and walked a fair amount. When I got home, I mapped it out and was surprised to see I went 3.21 miles! Hurrah! The whole time I was running, I just felt so great and grateful.
Life is good!
And the day isn't over! More goodness to come. We're going to run some errands and maybe even go out for dinner. Maybe we'll watch a movie later. This is what it's like to not have the day carved in stone and super high expectations for getting it all done. We got a lot done with joy in our hearts and no worry about the things left undone. And there's still time for fun. I LOVE IT!
LIFE IS GREAT!
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