Monday, February 18, 2013
Sorry it's been so long since my last post. I haven't had any more of the bad heart episodes in a week and a half, so that's good. Hopefully they'll go away for another 12-16 months, or, you know, forever. That'd be swell. Bloodwork came back normal (although a bit low in iron), doc said not to change my lifestyle or cut back on exercise, and they're still setting up an appointment for me to go back to the cardiologist. So all good things.
I haven't done a great job at staying on top of things in the past couple of weeks. Telling myself I'll eat well and actually following through are certainly not the same thing! I fell off the wagon in regards to tracking, although at least our house is pretty much picked clean of treats. I'm out of the habit of having sweets after dinner now, which is good. Also, I finally had a really good sleep-in on Saturday morning. 10 hours of sleep. It was GLORIOUS. I haven't slept that long in years! I feel like a new person. Except then I stayed up super late and slept late this morning, so going to bed tonight's going to be a challenge. Fortunately I'm pretty wiped - I did a lot today.
It was Week 5 Run 1 of the Learn-to-Run-10k program I'm doing. Run 3 minutes, walk 1, times 9. That chops our run interval down to 1 minute AND bumps up the number of reps by a few this week. It was challenging, and Max and I covered 5.6 km! That's alright! That felt like a real run! I bought new shoes yesterday, and am hoping that I can break them in soon (without breaking myself since I'm pushing on all adaptation fronts these days anyway!) I had sore knees, sore shins, sore feet, and also sore lungs, since I was breathing so hard and the air was pretty cold today. I will have to start carrying my asthma inhaler with me now that the runs are getting harder... they're not inhaler-tough yet, and I don't get real attacks unless I'm sprinting full-out (and then stopping short), but cold air makes me susceptible to getting a little tight, and there's no need to wheeze any more than my un-fitness already makes me! There's a sick pleasure to the fact that my lungs were distracting me today - at least it's something besides my feet. Did I post about my MRI results yet? I can't recall. In case I didn't, the long and short of it is that my bunions are MESSED UP. "Appearance in keeping with subcondrial fracture or injury", i.e. damage under the cartilage. Probably been there since I had sharp foot pains over a year ago, or maybe since I first started getting bunion pain, years ago. Who knows. Healing? Not likely. Tolerable? Currently, yes. When it's not, they'll give me cortisone shots. And if those become just a stop-gap, then we talk surgery. I'm of the opinion that, if it's not healing a minor fracture now, healing from surgery won't be any easier. So... so what? So nothing. There's nothing to be done but take it easy and tone it down if I start getting post-run pain. Fortunately, I haven't had much lately. Fingers are crossed, prayers are said, and - yes - I even had a cold-water bath on Friday night after that run. Brrrrr. I am pretty sure our water supply here in the suburbs is glacier-fed. Ice cubes were not required.
I also did a zillion loads of laundry today, swept and vacuumed the house, baked muffins, made meatloaf for dinner (red meat for iron!), prepped a slow-cooker chili to plug in tomorrow morning, did a bit of bathroom cleaning and kitchen organization, hammered a few things up in the guest room, put all sorts of things away that were out and about... it felt good to sit down after dinner and just put my feet up. At least I'm not particularly sore after my run - I was afraid I'd need another ice bath.
So. Nutrition is questionable, running is good, feet are tolerable... what needs work?
Strength training! I need it. Very much. I just need to get up the motivation to do it, and figure out a program or regime that will be gentle yet comprehensive enough to bring results without overwhelming me and torching all my slim shreds of free time. I also need to do my physio for my shoulder again, because my shoulder blade is sticking out again all cock-eyed when I do planks. I also desperately need to do some runner-specific strength training, so all the sore bits go away and my learn-to-run efforts aren't wasted. And run-specific stretches, too, like IT band rolling and whatnot. It's such a to-do list that I already feel deterred.
Okay. Nibble by nibble. This week, I will:
1) (Pre-) track my food
2) Try to make the healthier food selection when options arise
3) Drink more water
4) Stick to my run schedule (1 down, 2 to go!)
5) Stretch and strength train. Yes I will. Once, maybe twice.
Bonus) Update my giant workout calendar for a gentle re-start!
Oh, right, and shop for birthday presents for Max, organize, prep and cook a birthday dinner for him and his family, and gather myself together for his grandpa's memorial next Sunday. No sweat.