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The Plan for the Week

Monday, April 08, 2013

Thankful for a good week of training last week, and looking forward to another one this week. Here's the plan:

Monday: Day off, rest day.
Tuesday: 5 mile walk/jog (1.5 minute/3.5 minute intervals)
Wednesday: 10 mile bike ride (cadence workout)
Thursday: 22 mile bike ride (cadence workout)
Friday: 10 mile bike ride (recovery ride)
Saturday: 7 mile walk/jog (1.5 minute/3.5 minute intervals)
Sunday: 10 mile bike ride (recovery ride)

You never know what the weather will be like in Minnesota, so I may or may not be able to ride as much as I'd like but I'm going to give it my best shot!

Hope you all have a great day!

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FRAN0426 4/8/2013 2:53PM

    Busy schedule that I hope you will be able to complete since they are promising rain and or rain/snow by mid week.

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BARBWMS 4/8/2013 11:24AM

    Keep up the good work!

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10 Mile Recovery Ride Today

Sunday, April 07, 2013

Had a nice 10 mile recovery ride this evening, no snow in Minnesota today! Day off tomorrow, and then a 5 mile run on Tuesday followed by a few of days of bike riding and then a 7 mile run on Friday or Saturday. Had a good week, looking forward to a better one next week--but for now, it's off to rest!

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BILL60 4/8/2013 11:31AM

    Hang in there!!

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10k Today

Saturday, April 06, 2013

Did a 10k today in my neighborhood. It was about 42 degrees out which I actually enjoy. Listened to some good worship music, tried out Map My Run's mobile app for the third day in a row and I love it! Mostly, I made a little more progress toward the big day--Grandma's Marathon on June 22!

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GREENGENES 4/6/2013 11:25PM

    Great job!

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RUN4FOOD 4/6/2013 10:31PM

    Sounds like you are making good progress. Keep up the good work.

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Update on Marathon Training--Oh, and I Rode my Bike in the Snow Today!

Friday, April 05, 2013

Yes, it is Minnesota after all! Took a 10.5 mile ride today, and for about half the ride it was actually snowing. At one point I was cruising along at about 28 mph and the snow was driving hard into my face (it was that little pea like snow)--I couldn't help but smile huge!

Anyhow, I haven't been on SP everyday, but I have continued to prep for the Marathon on June 22. Yesterday was 5 miles, today a 10 mile bike ride, tomorrow a 10k, and then Sunday a recovery ride or walk. It's going pretty well, and I'm excited for June 22!

Hope you all had a great day!

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BILL60 4/6/2013 4:40PM

    Keep on doing it!!

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KA_JUN 4/5/2013 11:47PM

    Good job on your training! I have to say, I don't miss MN weather.

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LEANIE64 4/5/2013 6:09PM

    Good for you...I love your stamina !!

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Emergency Dental Surgery and Marathon Training

Friday, March 08, 2013

Wow, what a day. It started with a toothache at about 4:00 a.m. Thursday morning.

Well, it started with a bad tooth about 1.5 years ago, but unfortunately my wife and I were going through some serious financial difficulties and we simply couldn't afford dental procedures (we had no dental insurance). So it chipped away and chipped away, and eventually broke down to the gum. Recently things have turned around for us, and among other things we now have dental insurance, so I was planning to schedule a procedure sometime soon but the toothache forced the issue!

The pain was fairly intense that Thursday morning, so being unable to sleep I took some meds, watched the latest episode of The Biggest Loser, and rehearsed my latest Bible memory verses. Then starting at 7:00 a.m., I had six meetings in a row, which ended up taking 12 hours of my time. Three of them were fairly serious counseling appointments so I didn't feel comfortable cancelling them to deal with my problem, and having prayed earnestly I decided to trust the Lord and live by faith.

The pain was ever present and manageable, but as the day went on the swelling increased so that, more and more, I looked like a lopsided chipmunk. By around 4:30 p.m. I found it hard to function and I wondered if I'd be able to make it until that 8:00 a.m. appointment my wife had so graciously set up for me.

But by the grace of God, and the help of a 3 pill dose of Ibuprofen, I made it through the night and got to the dentist this morning. After the standard check in procedures, he took one look at the tooth (number 4 on the top right) and said, "Wow, we need to extract this immediately." I gauge the seriousness of such situations by the look on the doctors face and the tone in his voice, and both of these "instruments" were reading, "Houston, we have a problem."

In a mere 28 hours, my tooth had severely abscessed which can be dangerous and is most certainly painful, so the dentist sent me over to the oral surgeon who squeezed me in on an emergency basis.

If you get grossed out by things like this, here's the place to stop reading! After taking my vitals and otherwise prepping me for the procedure, the nurse called in the doctor who warmly greeted me, even shaking my hand, and then looked over the X-rays and explained what he was going to do.

(1) He applied a topical anesthesia which tasted a lot like the Orajel I had been so dependent on the previous day.

(2) He injected Lidocaine into the roof of my mouth which was no big deal, and then also directly into the sacks of puss. Wow, that hurt. I have a pretty high pain threshold but this step actually made my eyes water, not from crying but from the sheer intensity of the pain.

(3) With the worst part behind me, he then gave the meds about 10-15 minutes to kick in, during which the nurse and I had a great conversation about Jesus and the ministry--her husband is a Pastor, as am I.

(4) The doctor came back in, joined in the conversation, and got to it. It took him less than five minutes to cut, drill, and use his fancy pliers to yank out tooth #4. Both the doctor and the nurse were surprised by how calm I was, but they didn't know the half of it.

When the doctor first placed the "spacer" on the other side of my mouth to ensure that it stayed open during the procedure, I got the picture in my mind of a mechanic jacking up a car so that he could work on it. I have a quirky sense of humor, so this really tickled my funny bone but I prayed, "Lord, please help me because this isn't a good time to laugh!" When the procedure was done, I told them what was going through my mind and we shared a good laugh.

Not more than five minutes later, I was walking out the door and heading over the pharmacy to pick up my antibiotics and pain meds. I didn't think I would need the pain meds, as I figured Ibuprofen would do the trick, but as I waited for the pharmacist to fill the prescriptions, the Lidocaine wore off and I began to experience some very intense pain. It was again so intense that my eyes watered, and I found it hard to concentrate and even speak.

As soon as I got into the car, I took both meds and prayed for the grace to make it the four miles home--yes the pain was that intense! But God did give me the grace, I did make it home, and about thirty minutes later the meds kicked in and took the pain away. That was ten hours ago, and though I still have some slight aching, it's really nothing at all, not even enough to disturb my sleep tonight.

All of this means that I had to skip out on my marathon workout today, but I'll be able to get to the gym tomorrow to complete a 30 minute walk and a full-body workout. Then on Sunday I hope to jog/walk for 6 miles which I'm really looking forward to.

Thanks, Jesus, for dental insurance, dentists and oral surgeons, pain meds, antibiotics, a flexible job, and so many other manifestations of your grace and love over the last two days! I love You and praise You alone! And Lord, please bless those who helped me today, I'm sure grateful for them. In your mighty and merciful name I pray, amen.

See you, SP Friends, hope you have a good night's sleep!

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KA_JUN 3/8/2013 10:35PM

    emoticon Wow, quite the day, glad to hear that a) you were able to get it resolved b) you had the insurance and situation to cover it.

My teeth hurt just reading that.

God bless, and heal up soon!

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