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Thursday, January 20, 2011

First, let me thank again EVERYONE for all your prayers and healing thoughts...after a few days of uncertainty, DW has most definitely "turned the corner" and is moving on!

I could get away from the hospital today for a great walk / jog and lately I've been noticing that it has become increasingly tough after walking a bit not to just pick up the pace and turn it into a jog. I had originally started out with the intention of just sticking to walking.

Could. Not. Do. It.

No, I'm not a runner...haven't ruled out becoming one, but had to pause and consider that maybe this is one of the signs / symptoms that I'm "catching on" to this running thing: walking, no mater how fast I push it, just doesn't seem to cut it these days! My feet just want to get MOVING! :-)

Earlier this week I caught up with a former colleague who used to share the office with me. Last year the lucky dog RETIRED! We had lunch together and was he ever GLOATING over how much he enjoyed his retirement and living in this small quiet town where most nights neither he nor his wife remember to lock the front door. It has been nice to sample the town during my walks / jogs.

Now that DW is doing better I can begin to make plans to prepare for my first 5K in March as I've been invited by BOBBYD31 and JAN_FRANDSEN to join in "Just a Short Run" on March 26 in Pittsburgh:

I'm kind of taking a low-keyed approach to this: my goal is to simply complete the 5K, walk run or! I know I've covered that distance on my treadmill many times, but I know that doesn't always translate to the real world so readily. Guess my goal is to walk as little as possible during this event. Simple enough, no...?

We'll see! :-)

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    Have been hibernating lately, no sparkin', but yours was the first blog I tuned into. So happy to hear that your beloved is doing well, and you too. Hello to Bingbong, oh my, I don't miss it a bit, just the fine people there. Blessings, Azimat
    2099 days ago
    So glad to hear your continued good news.

    If you are thinking about slowly getting into running -- I loved the free Podrunner downloads -- also loved the POSE technique and had built up to 8 km again (returning to running after a long lay-off).

    My knees finally told me "no" . . . and I've had to go back to the elliptical cross trainer inside plus cross country skiing . . . but the short stride rapid cadence of POSE was a nice change from the old style running I'd done years ago.

    2104 days ago
    So many of us take the ability to move for granted... thank you for sharing your story and your drive. You're an inspiration! Thanks also for the update, I'm very glad to hear that your DW is doing better.
    2105 days ago
    OMG! That sounds like me a year ago! People will ask me how I lost my intial 100 lbs. In regards to exercise, I simply told them this:

    I started by walking a mile a day during my lunch hour. Then, 1 mile turned into 2. Then, the walking turned into jogging. Now, I run 5 K regularly.

    I simply could not slow down. My feet wanted to move move move. I cannot jog fast. I only go up to 4.3 MPH. I have tried to push it and I can go for a certain amount of time at 4.5 - 4.7 but it makes me very tired.

    So I go at 4.2 with a 5 % incline on the treadmill.

    Congrats to you for going to do a 5K run!

    You're awesome!
    2105 days ago
    This was a wonderful blog. Glad your wife is improving and your body has taken over and is making good decisions. Don't let the mind talk you out of it, but I doubt that will happen. Good luck.
    2105 days ago
    Yay, I'll get to meet you! Sounds like you're on the way to becoming a runner. Awesome!
    2105 days ago
    Glad for the good report on DW!
    2105 days ago
  • CARRIE1948
    You'll make it
    2105 days ago
    So glad to know that your DW has turned the corner and doing well! Runner does seem to be your next progression... emoticon emoticon emoticon

    2105 days ago
    Glad to hear your DW is recovering so well.. I agree with the jogging.. there comes a certain point where walking is just MUNDANE... and you get the urge to gotta GO GO GO...Even though your 5K is in march.. check out the C25K program.. you can do it road or treadmill... So those days you can't get outside to do can get it done inside.. you may not be able to complete it all in time for your 5K... But it will help you in the long run... who knows.. If you get bit by the running bug.. maybe we can do some Duatholon's together! :)
    2105 days ago
  • JLITT62
    Glad to hear DW is progressing well!

    Don't worry, I know you can definitely do a 5k. And I think just aiming to enjoy your first one is a good idea -- that's what I did. No matter what, remember it'll be a PR!
    2105 days ago
  • FRECKS96
    Great news all around!!! Please give DW our best and enjoy your time outside!
    2105 days ago
    I'm glad your DW is recovering well!

    I know just how you feel about walking/running. Especially now that I've added c25k to my workouts, I am really enjoying jogging (I really can't call my pace running)

    I know you'll enjoy your 5k in March/
    2106 days ago
    Good news about your wife --- will continue to pray for her recovery.

    Exciting that you have plans to do a 5-K. You might want to consider the Jeff Galloway method. There's a team here on Spark (like you need to join another team!) Basically, you run with short walking "breaks" for recovery. Works for lots of folks and I like it myself sometimes.

    Have a great weekend!

    2106 days ago
    I'm so glad to hear your wife is recovering and that YOU are taking care of yourself too! Nice job - and attitude toward - signing on for the 5K. Sounds like there's hidden runner in you to me! ;)
    2106 days ago
  • L*I*T*A*
    such great news!!!
    so glad to hear your wife is recovering well...
    way to go with the 5k!!!
    blessings and hugs...........lita
    2106 days ago
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