Tuesday, January 08, 2013
Four days left - my bags are packed and I am headed - with my husband - to Florida tomorrow morning!
My leg muscle is still stiff - decided I will park it in the hot tub at the Disney Carribean and treat myself to a swedish massage!
AND - this is the picture I saw posted on facebook tonight...
Yes!! I am going to get this on Saturday!!
Monday, January 07, 2013
I went to my other chiropractor today. It's a tight muscle (not sure what he called it) that is bugging me - it is not my knee. It starts by my hip and goes down the outside of my leg. He pressed a vibrating tool on the muscle. I also got an adjustment. He taught me exercises to continue to stretch it out. I am so happy it's not my knee!
So today I took a break from running. I keep stretching it out. I am going to run three miles tomorrow at lunch break.
I will be leaving Wednesday for Tampa. We are going to visit my 90 year old grandmother, then head to Disney on Thursday.
I am looking forward to the nice, warm Florida weather!
Sunday, January 06, 2013
Yes, you read it right!! Yesterday I ran 5 miles on the treadmill, my knee panged a little bit early on. So, I walked it out really good after I ran.
Today it went into the forties. After reading several SparkBuddies status' and blogs talking about running in sub zero weather (ok, maybe not, but, it sounded that way to me!), I decided to stop being a weenie and get out there. I actually loved it and got my mojo back - the treadmill has been so uninspiring!!
Anyway, my run outside is VERY hilly and that is where it went, well...downhill!
The lower left side of my left knee (not the knee cap) started hurting. As I ran I tried to analyze the pain. It was tied into my hamstring and shot down my left leg. Now, this is a pain that has slowly built up over a half year - even before I fell on my knee in August. The skin on my knee is still healing from that fall! Ironically, I fell one week before my first HM - the Disneyland Half! Now, here I am, 6 days before my third HM in Disney!
So, what's a determined girl to do?? I ran 2.5 miles, inhaled two Advil, quickly told my husband what was going on. He has tons of knee problems ( he is 6'3) and said I needed a knee compression or brace. I bolted to the running store up the street and bought two different contraptions. I then visited GNC (conveniently located right next to the running store!) and bought peanut butter flavor glucosamine & chondroitin chews! They taste gross but I am chewing them none the less.
Employees recommended them last week because my finger joints are swollen.
--- yes, I am turning 50 in May, going through menopause (sorry Spark man friends) and falling apart!
HOWEVER, I will go down kicking and screaming!!
So, anyway, I peeled the compression thingy up my leg, ate the chews and ran back out the door. Of course my husband didn't bat an eye...we have been together 26 years, and, let's face it...he knows better!
I ran 2.5 more miles. It nagged me somewhat, but, I didn't have to stop or walk like I did during the first 2.5 miles. I was jamming to my running music and enjoying my run! I ran the second half on pretty flat ground. Disney will be pretty flat so I will finish training that way. I walked Roxy 3/4 mile after and it didn't bother me at all.
I am going to visit my other chiropractor tomorrow to see what he thinks. The first one thinks it is my hamstrings. He said to strengthen my quads. I was doing good going to the gym to strengthen them until I got real busy two weeks before Christmas - hmmm, maybe I will work on those again this week.
If my knee is still acting up after the race Saturday I will get an MRI. I just want to make it through this Saturday!
I will keep you up to date, Sparkamigos! Have a great week!
Friday, January 04, 2013
For the past three weeks I have felt like crap. I was overwhelmed with first - thanksgiving weekend and lots of overnight plus some guests, hosting a staff party (complete with a really nice dinner, DJ, and gifts), then running our school's holiday show for 400 people, then overnight plus some guests for
Christmas and at the last minute - New Year's Eve! In the midst of this, the Sandyhook tragedy occurred. As a Principal, I had a hard time digesting what happened, running over in my head 50 million times what I would do. The day before the Sandyhook tragedy, we had the mother of an employee we had literally just fired, harass one of my Directors. We had the police come immediately and she was arrested, But, it did add to my racing mind.
So, I felt exhausted and then last week my joints in my fingers swelled and my arms grew sore. I felt depressed and couldn't seem to get enough sleep. I think my husband thought I was losing it!
I was tested last Saturday for Lyme Disease. At the time of the test my blood pressure was WAY up.
Last night I found out the test was negative. As I thanked God I reviewed my symptoms and wondered if it was my allergies. I still have a Christmas tree in my house - the symptoms have been occurring the entire time the tree has been there. And, we haven't had a real cold snap here - I am highly allergic to mold. But, what about my swollen fingers??
So, today I went to my chiropractor. He said allergies can cause all the symptoms! And, with me training on the treadmill, I may be leaning which would cause probs in my neck which leads right down to my hands!
So, I got adjusted and boy, did my back crunch! Then I got acupuncture for my sinuses, immune system, knees and lungs. As the day progressed my head cleared out AND I can hear again!! I will continue to feel better throughout the weekend. Tomorrow I will resume running!
It doesn't hurt to get acupuncture. I can't stand needles so I am being totally honest about this. And, I didn't have to take chemicals!
I am looking forward to being chipper again!!
And that is why I get acupuncture. If you go to a good acupuncturist, you will find it is an amazing thing!
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