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Medicinal Chicken Soup - I am Not Runing For a While

Sunday, December 13, 2009

After my ill-advised attempt at running yesterday, I had a major relapsed of Bronchitis symptoms. So I did what any reasonable man would do. I made Chicken soup! This special chicken soup is highly prized by my family members as a cure-all for colds, Flu, Pneumonia and, now, Bronchitis.

This soup was recommended by a Doctor on a local Denver news program (CBS affiliate). Here it is:

Special Chicken Soup Recipe

(CBS4) Homemade chicken soup has been making people feel better since the 12th century which is probably why your grandmother made it for you.

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Chicken soup recipe from Dr. Stephen Rennard, Chief of Pulmonary Medicine, University of Nebraska Medical Center:

1 5 lb chicken
3 large onions
1 large sweet potato
3 parsnips
2 turnips
12 large carrots
6 celery stalks
1 bunch parsley
Salt and pepper to taste

Clean chicken, put in a large pot of cold water. Bring to a boil.
Add onions, sweet potato, parsnips, turnips and carrots.
Boil for 1.5 hours. Skim fat off as develops.
Add parsley, celery and cook an additional 45 minutes.
Remove the chicken, put vegetables in a food processor, chop until very fine and add back into broth. Serve.

This is pretty tasty soup. It does work!

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HARRINGTON5 12/14/2009 1:04PM

    Bruce, I believe in this soup too, it is practically all I have had for the last two days and I feel good enough to do laundry today. (oh joy) Get well soon, you need the rest, so take it, Cynthia

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REDCHILIFLAKES 12/14/2009 12:38AM

    Get well soon!

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Hack! Hack! Wheeze! Gasp! Gasp!

Sunday, December 13, 2009

TIME: 4:00pm
LOCATION: Bailey, Colorado -- Platte Canyon High School Track and Cross-Country Trail
5K TIME: 34:12
PACE: 11 min/mile
COMPANY: Alone (As Always)
TOTAL TIME: 65 minutes (Stretching, Running and Walking)
WEATHER CONDITIONS: Cloudy, Temperature 29.2 °F, Feels Like 12.8 °F, Wind 18.4 mph SSW, Humidity 50%, Patches of Frozen Snow.
ELEVATION: 8047 Feet

For the past couple of weeks I have had some chest congestion. I went to the doctor on Thursday. She diagnosed me with Acute Bronchitis. She prescribed a couple of different drugs. End of story.

What the heck is Bronchitis? Maybe I should have asked!

I had been working out on my elliptical trainer and lifting some weights. No problem. I felt fine. For the past week, the temperature had been in the single digits. It was just too cold to run. Today the temperature got above freezing.

Time to run!

I grabbed my brand new Garmin 305 timer and headed for the local high school track. When I got to the high school the temperature had dropped and the wind had picked up. I warmed up by walking 400 meters, then jogging 400 meters. I did some gentle stretching. I then got ready to blast-off for a quick 5K. In retrospect I was quite delusional.

I took off at a good clip and ran about 100 yards.

Then it happened! I couldn’t breathe. I struggled to get some air. My legs felt like lead. I pushed as hard as I could for a mile. My timer told me my pace was well over 10 minutes per mile. My fingers and toes were tingling! I couldn’t run any further. I started walking while trying to gulp some air. I was hacking and wheezing. My lungs hurt! I walked 200M trying to catch my breath. I started to run again but slowed to a steady jog. I ran out of breath after 400M. I had to walk. I walked about ˝ mile.

I was starting to figure out what Bronchitis was all about. I was doing a timed run and couldn’t breathe. Call me Stupid! Maybe my brain was frozen! I was determined to run 5K no matter what! I knew my legs could go faster, but I couldn’t make them go faster. It was like trying to run while holding your breath! The minutes flew by -- the ground did not! I passed the 5k mark at 34:12. Finally it was over! I will spare you the details of my post run coughing fit.

I suppose I need to learn when to give up. Maybe I should have stopped after the first 100M when I ran out of air. The thing is I really enjoyed this run! I didn’t need to be fast. I just needed to finish! All things considered, 34:12 was a miracle!

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HARRINGTON5 12/14/2009 1:01PM

    Bruce! You are so right, I can see that now; you and I are both hard-headed! Bronchitis can really be serious because it is resting in your lungs. What you described is exactly how I felt during my 10K and that is probably why I am sick now. I am feeling much better, but I have done no exercising for two days and it is making me antsy, but I'm not ready to start running yet. Please take care of yourself. Your time was wonderful, especially considering the conditions you were running under. Listen up, take your medication until it is gone, even if you feel better before then. I used to get bronchitis once a year because I would always stop taking the medicine as soon as I felt better. Once I took it the full ten days, I never got it again. So, thank you for your comments and listen to your own advice too...lol Be well, my friend, Cynthia

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NETGUNNY 12/14/2009 7:27AM


Hope you feel better soon! Being unable to breathe, that seems just a tad scary to me. Your experience brings to mind the time in Okinawa when my stubborn refusal to give up on a run almost became fatal . . . I learned a LOT that day!

Take care, and be safe . . . emoticon


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HOPE2BE 12/13/2009 12:58AM

    I know how you feel. I have COPD and have to stop every so often to get my wind back into my lungs. I've had pneumonia so many times that its finally catching up with me. Exercise helps but now I'm wearing oxygen. I'm trying to get off it. I'm hoping I succeed. However if I keep getting pneumonia I won't be able to.

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Found a Training Partner - Maybe

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

I was talking to a friend at work. He told me he had gone running this morning. The temperature was 5 degrees F. He said he should have worn a hat! It turns out that he is a Triathlete. He told me he was fat and unhealthy and started running to get his weight under control.

There is a tendency to think that a slender and muscular athlete was born that way. Fitness takes a lot of hard work. This guy's story was pretty inspiring. I think I have found a training partner. When it warms up a bit we are going to run together on a trail near the office.

I have always run alone. It may be fun to run with someone.

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ANEPANALIPTI 12/9/2009 3:42PM

    Aw, that would be so cool! :)

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HARRINGTON5 12/9/2009 12:40PM

    Hi Bruce!
I hear ya, I always run alone too. That is great that you may have a partner. I think it keeps you more motivated. It is sometimes hard for me to keep going on my own. I will push for a race, but not so much when I'm just running. Thank you so much for your very complimentary words on my blog. It really was a horrible race, but I am not a quitter and even when it looked like I might be the last one in, I didn't give up. I wasn't last, but I was pretty close to it. My one consolation was that the three ladies that came in behind me were all younger than me and that made me feel a little better....lol. It took me three days to recover though. My knee didn't hurt, but my legs were killing me. I wish you continued success, Cynthia

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Two Pounds Down

Sunday, December 06, 2009

The mercury has been hovering at about 5 degrees F. I think 5 degrees is colder than a freezer. Since it was so cold, I decided to workout on my elliptical trainer today. I think working out on the elliptical is actually good for me. I put in a hard 53 minutes on the elliptical with my heart rate up at 130 to 140 bpm. Unfortunately, the elliptical is boring

I bought a Garmin FR60 with Footpod. I didn't like the buttons on the FR60. I took the FR60 back and got a Forerunner 305. I like the GPS feature on the 305.

I also lost 2 pounds. That has been months since I have lost any weight. I am pretty happy.

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CHARGER25 12/7/2009 10:33AM

    Good job....I work that stinkin' lousy eliptical trainer at the gym as well...boring as heck but great way to burn the calories

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MONTY68 12/6/2009 11:15PM

    Congratulations. Isn't that a great feeling when you see a loss of weight. Keep it up.

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SDSEARS 12/6/2009 11:05PM

    Way to go!!! emoticon

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Random Thoughts about Running and Life

Saturday, December 05, 2009

I May Be Too Big and Too Old to Be a “Real” Runner:

I bought a Runner’s World magazine while waiting for my flight at the San Francisco airport. I am not sure when Runner’s World was first published but it was a long time ago. I noticed right off that all pictures in the magazine were of runners that were a lot leaner and a lot younger than me. This, of course, makes me wonder if I am really a runner! The jury is still out on that one!

Looking Slow and Running Fast:

There was an interesting statement in the magazine, “Not everyone who looks fast really is, and not everyone who looks slow really is.” I am sure I fall into the category of “Looks slow, is slow.” Sometimes I am fast. “Fast” is a relative term. I mean, sometimes I am faster that really slow. I think to get really fast I need to lose another 35 pounds. I am pretty old and battered. My kids call me the “BOM”, which stands for Broken Old Man! As Indiana Jones said in Raiders of the Lost Ark, “It’s not the years, it’s the mileage.”

High-Tech Running Stuff – I am Doomed:

There were other distressing items in the magazine. I saw an advertisement for CW-X Stabilyx running tights. I really had no idea that such high-tech running pants existed. The advertisement really slammed sweatpants. My sweatpants are worn out and have a million miles on them. I consider this stylish. My sweatpants have my college logo on them, which is probably pretty nerdy.

Now That Is Something I Could Use

The magazine also had a review of high-tech running watches. Now this is something that I could use! Garmin makes some pretty cool timers that suit my general desire to instrument, measure and analyze every step I take. $200 is none too high a price to pay for a device that will confirm that I am indeed slow. My wife would likely question such a purchase, which is putting it mildly. She is a lean and tireless runner that couldn’t care less about times. As a matter of fact, she rarely opts to be timed during a race. She tells me she runs for fun. I have a hard time with that concept.

$100 Shoes and $1 Socks

I bought a fleece pullover running jacket while in San Francisco. I wanted a light jacket for my last run along the bay. I bought a “value priced” (meaning cheap) Champion brand pullover jacket at Sports Authority. A lot of my running stuff is “value priced”. As I was walking out of the store I grabbed some really nice Under Armor brand socks. Most of my good running socks have seen better days. I do have a plethora of "value priced" socks. I don’t think it makes sense to have $100 running shoes and 95 cent socks.

Time to Quit Lifting Weights – Maybe

I have determined my upper body is too heavy to allow me to effortlessly run long distances. The Runner’s World magazine depicted runners with lean, toned and well-defined muscles. I am, well, a bulky guy with heavy muscles. I have a book on cross-training for runners. This book recommends a weight training program has lots of reps with not much weight. I like to lift heavy weights to build lots of muscle strength. I also want to improve my running endurance. I really don’t think I can have both.

Bruce out.

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NETGUNNY 12/5/2009 8:07PM

    Bruce, I like to think of a runner as anyone who runs. Admittedly, not everyone agrees with my definition, especially the folks that run 5:00 min/mile . . . to warm-up! Oh well, whether I am a *real* runner, or not, I think I'll keep running. I grew up in SF, and love running there. My favorite place to run was around Lake Merced. Southern Arizona desert is nice, but just ain't the same. Anyway. keep on truckin' my friend. dp

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