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?
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.
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.
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.
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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