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Arthritis

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Visited with a sports Dr. yesterday to get a prognosis on my right knee, which a month ago was really hurting me. It actually was (and is) much better, but since I had set the appointment up and had x-rays taken on the knee last Friday, I figured it was worthwhile to keep the appointment.

Good news: No structural issues. Bad news: it is arthritis. Not shocked. After playing ice hockey for many years in my elementary, Jr high, high school, and college years, plus years after that of being overweight, it came as no surprise that this is the diagnosis. And I may have accidentally discovered my own treatment plan -- slower running while training or just fun runs! No sense trying to establish a new PR when it does not truly count! I'll push harder at races, but not to the extent that I make matter a whole lot worse.

I also think the orthotics I purchased for my new running shoes (Superfeet) have made a big difference - and of course just getting into new running shoes and being properly fit!

Anyway, that's my 2 cents for today...

  
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BA5454 8/20/2014 8:51PM

    Sorry to hear about the arthritis diagnosis, but keeping on the move is the best thing to do--sounds like you have a sensible plan in mind!

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IFDEEVARUNS2 8/19/2014 1:36PM

    The most important thing for arthritis is to keep moving! You've got it!

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SOFT_VAL67 8/19/2014 9:41AM

    glad to hear its nothing serious. i am having a struggle deciding to wear my orthotics or not.
i seem to have more pain when i do.
i also got fitted for shoe size recently and purchased a new pair of saucony running shoes, that fit perfectly and feel great on the track.
without the orthotics.
good luck and keep taking care of these issues sooner than later. emoticon

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JOHNMARTINMILES 8/19/2014 9:27AM

    And a worthwhile two cents it was, Often, we have to discover what works for us rather than accept what the doctor thinks based on a five minute observation.

I wear a copper bracelet because it made the arthritis in my elbow stop hurting. the doctor told me it was hooey (his word) and it was doing me no good (I guess because it wasn't in his medical book and I could but it without a prescription). I thought the doctor was an educated man so I stopped wearing the copper bracelet to the doctor's office.

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Another example of great customer service (Fitbit)

Monday, August 18, 2014

So easy to get caught up in the negative side of customer service, so I really try to make a point to let people know about great customer service. And since this is healthy living related, good time to blog about it -- Fitbit.

The background story: Last Monday after my AM run through Timonium, MD, I noticed my Fitbit Flex was not doing anything -- no lights, etc. Logged onto the Fitbit website, it had recorded my steps of my run, but was unable to connect to it at that point. Thinking it was DOA, I opened a case on it, as I've only had the Fitbit since January. I had not brought my charger, so when I got home later that day, I did put it on the charger, and initially nothing happened. However, I checked later that evening and it was charging up. PHEW!

I logged the results in my case, and pretty much kept daily tabs on it.

Fast forward to yesterday. Out for a long run. Finished up, attempted to sync...and NOTHING! Same issue...it had recorded my steps, etc. And that was after a full charge on Saturday night.

OK so updated my case, Fitbit Support studied at as well as looked at what was happening with the syncs, and clearly the battery is not holding a charge.

And so a new Fitbit is on the way! That I call great customer service!!

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CHUBRUB3 8/18/2014 11:39PM

    Yes I have only had positive experiences with them as well.
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Angela

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IFDEEVARUNS2 8/18/2014 4:30PM

    I've gotten two new Fitbits that way. While it's great, I wish I weren't having problems.

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GETSTRONGRRR 8/18/2014 4:14PM

    great to hear...good on you and them!

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BRAINBENTT 8/18/2014 12:08PM

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New Heating and A/C System

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

OK, so not as much fun as say a new PC or some other "toy" I'd like, but I am pretty excited that we are getting our new heating and A/C system installed. The heater was original with the house -- 23 years old -- so it was past due, and my wife and I have spent more than a few nights in the winter time huddled under our quilts. If this new system is as good as my HVAC company is telling me, those kind of nights will go away this winter AND we'll use our propane much more efficiently.

As for the A/C, that unit was 11 years old, but we just had a part go on it a few weeks back, which is what prompted us to start looking at replacing the entire system. Since we're still in the peak of the summer cooling season, we'll notice that change right away.

Thankfully the past two days have been relatively cool so we've been able to have the windows open, fans blowing, etc. They should be done today, and we'll be able to enjoy it tonight!

  
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MOBYCARP 8/13/2014 8:39PM

    Get good quality, and you'll be happy with it for a long time. My heating and a/c would be 13 years old now, and the checkup last week found no problems. I get heat in the winter, and cooling in the summer, and that's what I want out of the system . . . nothing that makes a good story.

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RHOOK20047 8/13/2014 12:05PM

    I did that a few year back replaced both and we were so pleased with it. I am sure you will too.

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Low key Saturday

Saturday, August 02, 2014

I have been battling a head cold for nearly a week now, and while I thought it was getting better yesterday, today I feel not so good. Saturday is my normal long run day, but with the sneezes, coughs, runny nose, etc., I may push my run to tomorrow with the hope that I am feeling better than I do right now.

Summer colds! The pits!!

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PURPLE0906 8/3/2014 1:07PM

    Rest, drink plenty of tea, honey and lemon, hope you feel better soon

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MOBYCARP 8/2/2014 7:38PM

    Sometimes you have to go low key to give your body a chance to get better. Hope you're able to have an enjoyable run in the near future!

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WIFE48 8/2/2014 1:39PM

    Hope you feel better tomorrow. You need to rest today.

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CHUBRUB3 8/2/2014 11:45AM

    Feel better soon. Good idea to delay your run.
Hugs,
Angela

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Runnin' in the rain (sung to the tune "Singin' in the Rain")!

Monday, July 28, 2014

Went out for a run last Saturday. According to my Galloway recovery program for a 10K race, I was to run 3-5 miles. So since I needed to go to the library to drop off a book, decided to start / end my run there, as there is a nice quiet neighborhood to run in.

It was cloudy when I arrived at the library, and by the time I dropped off the book, the clouds had gotten lower and it started to spit a little rain. No worries -- I've run in a light rain before...

Well, the spit turned into a MAJOR downpour! That was a first for me! For 3 miles it was a wall of water coming down, and I was TOTALLY soaked. But...it was fun and cooling! I ran one more mile to get me to 4 for the run, most of that last mile was little or no rain.

An eventful run, to say the least!

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CHANGINGHORSES 7/29/2014 8:31PM

    Wet with rain or wet with sweat, still wet. Some times the rain is a refreshing change.

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CHUBRUB3 7/29/2014 12:42AM

    A new way to make it rain and save time!
Showers and fun.
Hugs,
Angela


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