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trying to run

Sunday, December 01, 2013

I hit the gym yesterday and the treadmill. I have been inspired to try and shave time off of my 5k. Now that I am walking well, i thought,hmmmmm lets try to run. Since I don't always know where my feet are, I figured I would try it on the treadmill, so I could hang on to something if my feet went all wonky. I attached the clip to my shirt as well, so the treadmill would stop if I fell.

After stretching, I started at a walk to get warmed up. Then I hit the button for a jog, that's 4mph. That is a bit fast for me and I quickly dropped it to 3.8. I was hanging on to the grips in front of me that will measure your heart rate. Mine went to 146 in a hurry. I managed to run for about a minute. I went back to 2.5 MPH and let my heart rate drop again. I did this for 3 cycles, and covered .6 miles.

What stopped me was the tightness on the outside of my lower right leg, the same area that hurts when I walk fast. What I find odd is its the left leg that has the nerve damage, yet it is the right leg that hurts. I need to call Jack, my physical therapist and see if he has any ideas. I am not sure that running on a treadmill is right for me, at least at this point. It felt awkward, and out of control for me. I also felt like I was pounding pretty hard, but then again I have not run is 20 years.

I think I will try it again in my neighborhood, making sure I have my cell phone with me in case I need hubby to come and get me. It might feel more natural to me because I am not trying to go at a forced and steady pace.

I have 6 weeks till my birthday, I wonder how fast that 5 k will be?

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PATIENTHAND 12/3/2013 1:25PM

    I do the deep water jogging 3-4 times a week.. thats how I got the strenght to get out of that wheelchair in the first place

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MCJULIEO 12/2/2013 4:39PM

    Ask the physical therapist... they seem to know everything....

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WHYNOTJ1 12/2/2013 2:25PM

    Can you do some deep-water jogging/running in the pool as part of your training? Keep up the great work!

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Last place WON!!!

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Thanksgiving morning I walked my first 5K race, six weeks ahead of schedule. I managed to get it done in one hour and nine minutes. I averaged a 23 minute mile. It was an amazing feeling to see a sea of people flow past me on the race course. I checked my time at each mile marker electronic board, and I kept a very even pace. It was very tempting to walk a faster pace early in the race, I was excited, and tempted to try and keep up with others. I knew if I tried to walk too fast my legs would really ache and I would limp that last mile.

I enjoyed every minute of the experience. It was frigid by Florida standards and in the 30s and low 40s at race time. I dressed in layers and managed to find some gloves and a neck warmer. No such luck for a hat. I did shed the jacket, and tied it around my waist, at about the half way mark. I must say it was nice not to be drenched in sweat for a change as I walked.

At about the 2 mile mark I realized there were very few people behind me, and about 1/2 block back was a police car bringing up the rear and protecting the walkers. Before long there was no one between myself and the cop car. After a while the cop pulled up beside me and told me to start walking on the side walk to be safe, that she had to keep pace with the large body of people and pass me. That sort of stung my pride, but I did move to the sidewalk and just kept my steady pace. I was rather thrilled that as we got to the last half mile, those ahead of me started to slow down, and I caught back up. I passed that cop car!!!! I finished the race dead last. But I cried tears of joy as I crossed that finish line. I won BIG TIME. I am so proud of myself and all the hard work. I truly have something to be thankful for this year. I never thought, when I began three months ago, that I would have come so far.

One year ago, I did my black friday shopping in a wheelchair. This year, I parked way out in the boonies of the parking lot, and walked between stores, and stood in line. I chose not to use that handicapped sticker. The power wheelchair has not been out of the back of my van in a couple of months now.

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WHYNOTJ1 12/2/2013 2:22PM

    I am so happy for you! Wait until next year! Woohoo!

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PGHP31CK 11/30/2013 9:23PM

    That's awesome!!! Way to go!

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ONBEACHSIDE 11/30/2013 2:20PM

    Wow, what a fantastic story. Send some of that miracle my way!

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NHES220 11/30/2013 11:41AM

    Wow, how far you have come. Congratulations on your first 5k and I'm sure it is your first of many! I applaud you for fighting your way back out of the power wheelchair, out of the handicapped spots and back to a world of mobility. You have earned this step by step and I know that it has not been an easy journey, which makes the victory all the sweeter. You keep going!

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GOLFGMA 11/30/2013 7:39AM

    Wow! Kudos! Loved reading this and it makes my day to see good news such as this.
My emoticon is off to you!

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DARJR50 11/30/2013 7:06AM

  Way to go. anything is possible if we believe it to be so.

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GHOSTFLAMES 11/30/2013 7:03AM

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tired of the pain

Sunday, November 17, 2013

I am looking forward to tomorrow. I go and get another steroid shot in my neck. The last one has worn off completely over the last couple of weeks. The last week has been miserable. Funny thing is, I used to hurt like this day after day, month after month, year after year. But I have gotten a break from it the last few months, and begun to totally enjoy my life, be physical, able to make plans, and be all bubbly and bouncy again. It has been like remembering a person I used to be. Now the pain is back with a vengeance and I am far less tolerant of it. I am frustrated, I cant go to the gym and work out, I dont want to get into the pool because it would cause me to use my arm, It hurts to crochet . I cant sleep even with my arm propped on 2 big pillows to take the pressure off my neck and get sort of comfortable.

It is amazing how fast we can get accustomed to a new life, and then be angry and frustrated when the old one comes to call. This particular house guest is NOT welcome here anymore.

I know I should be profoundly grateful for the weeks of less pain I have had, instead of whining about a couple of bad weeks. But, I want to go walk 3 miles, and swim, and clean and do all the cool stuff I have been doing, and not have to carefully plan my days for how much I think I can get done before the pain puts me back in bed.


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PATIENTHAND 11/20/2013 5:51PM

    trust me.. I have had 20 years of "living around the pain". I have learned for the most part not to fight it, to accept and be happy with what I have. Its just that recently, with lots of hard work and great medical team, after 20 years of my world getting smaller by degrees, it has opened WAY up. It is frustrating and to be honest a bit scary to regress even a little again. But I have had my new round of steroid shots, the pain is at bay, I am still sore from the shot, but my world is getting bigger again.

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NEW_PARADIGM 11/19/2013 8:22PM

    I've come to believe allowing some moments/times/days to 'be with' the frustration is just as much a part of learning to authentically live with and around the pain as is finding the gratitudes on the 'pain vacations. You can do this!

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CASTIRONLADY 11/17/2013 8:24PM

    I hope you find some relief soon. God bless.

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MCJULIEO 11/17/2013 7:30PM

    Hurting for you.....May you get some relief soon!

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WINDY01 11/17/2013 2:05PM

    Wow. It's amazing what modern medicine can do these days. I also have pain, but I really believe it is because of my weight. I have felt some improvement in my back pain just since I started walking again. In fact, if it doesn't rain later, I may go out and take a second walk!

I hope you are feeling better soon!
Take care!
Linda. aka windy01 emoticon

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WETPTARMIGAN 11/17/2013 10:45AM

    emoticon We hear you. Hope you will have your new "old self" back soon!

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THINFITFEMINIST 11/17/2013 10:43AM

    Wow, I don't blame you for feeling this way. Can you do any yoga to relieve some of this?

May you feel relief again soon.

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I think I can

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

I am up to 2.5 miles of walking now. I am sure I can do the 5k on my birthday in January. Now I am wondering.... can I make 5k by the end of this month? There is a turkey trot on Thanksgiving day consisting of a 5k walk. I think I am going to sign up, I think I can do it.

Now I am wondering.. could I run a 5 k by my birthday? Is running a bad idea with my spine issues? hmmmmmmmmmmmm, I am tempted. I need to talk to my doc.

My brain must be really working on these ideas. All night long I dreamed of racing. One dream I was swimming laps in a race, another I was running. My brain must think I can do an iron man competition.. lolololol.... but it forgot the bike part.

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WHYNOTJ1 11/12/2013 1:05PM

    How exciting! The Thanksgiving walk sounds like a good plan! (I have bad ankles and knees, so it isn't for me, but they have one near me that always sounds like great fun.)

What if you ran part of the Turkey trot (just to see how feasible it is for January). Then you could walk the rest if you need to. And I'm sure they have a pickup wagon for those who aren't quite able to make it. Really it sounds like you'd have nothing to lose by signing up and giving it a try, plus you still have a little more training time before T-day.

My Y has a mini-triathlon with 20 minutes of swimming, stationary bike, and treadmill. Maybe someday I'll give that a try.

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from a tiny spark to a roaring blaze

Friday, November 08, 2013

It dawned on me this morning that it truly has been Spark people that has inspired and propelled me to do what I thought was impossible for me. I joined spark people, and a chair exercise team. That was all I was physically capable of doing. I found it frustrating, and boring, and I hungered for more than the 10 minutes a day I had committed to doing.

I decided to talk to my pain specialist about physical therapy, so I could learn how to exercise more, and do it safely. Here I am 3 months later, and my whole world has changed. Despite the steroids I have lost weight. But the miracle is what I can do physically. When I began I could not walk 1/8 mile. Yesterday I walked 2 miles at a 2.5 MPH pace. I feel fabulous. I am thinking about going back to work again. I feel all bright and shiny all the time. I am remembering a person I forgot how to be. My life ROCKS OUT LOUD right now.

Thank you Spark People !!!!!! What started so small has grown, and will continue to grow.

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AUNTB63 11/8/2013 8:11AM

    This is AWESOME.....good for you. Love your determination to keep moving forward.
Yes this is a great site for motivation etc. YOU have a wonderful weekend. I will be cheering you on. emoticon

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