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Friday, March 15, 2013

I wanted to post this just to give my friends an idea whats been going on before I fall off the radar on night shift coming up here pretty quick. To say the least, this has been quite the experience, I have really been knocked off my feet and hit the ground pretty hard. Anxiety has been pretty high but I am coping on a day to day basis the best I can.

After the mental blow and struggling to get my bearings after that, I had the mother of all back spasms while shoveling snow which totally messed things up and I missed 3 days of work on top of my long weekend just trying to get to a place where I could go down the hall without hanging on to something. Then when I was getting close to recovering from that, I got a good case of asthmatic bronchitis. Just climbing stairs would leave me sweating and breathless. My world shifted focus from training for my big race to just being able to function. Even walking a mile at 3 mph would leave me feeling like I just ran a 10k.

Overall, I have lost almost 25 days of training time and at a time when I was getting ready to ramp it up. The race is in a little over 4 months and I cant suffer any set backs. I did go for a workout today and I am trying to figure out where my limits are at. My back is really feeling much better now but I am paranoid about getting hurt again. I can feel my strength coming back but my cardio is history. I do have a feeling that once I get a week into my medications I will be OK. So far the last few days have yielded some good results.

The big thing for me is that at least my chest is not in constant pain and feeling like i am being crushed. My inhaler is my friend because when you cant breathe, nothing else matters.

right now my plan is to slowly do what cardio I can at a really easy pace just to get some sort of exercise to strengthen my lungs as they recover. I just need to get my confidence back, i really took a hit and need to get my bearings.

I know I will be ok but it has been really hard for me. I so appreciate all of the comments and encouragement that you folks left me on my last blog. I totally appreciate every one of you. It is hard to fathom i guess but you all really mean alot to me, i feel like you guys (n gals) are really here sometimes cheering me on and wanting me to succeed.

Its been a real rat race lately and i have only gotten back to a handful that commented but I want you to know that I really appreciate all of the notes and SP mails.

I have been promising myself that I am actually going to get some sleep tonight so I am going to pull the plug...TTYL.

PS... The one big lesson from all of this, if you think you have not made any progress, just let what you do have be taken away for a while = attitude adjustment.
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FAVORITEAUNT84 3/28/2013 12:24PM

    Even when it SUCKS SO BAD, as yours does, I'm grateful for those moments when life reminds me how good I have it. Sometimes it takes a while for the gratitude feelings to get there, but they always come. emoticon emoticon

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WANNABFIT34 3/18/2013 3:12PM

    Glad you are on the mend buddy, you will be ready to tackle that bear in 4 months!

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SUNFISH25 3/18/2013 3:04PM

    This is good news - you are refocused and getting back on track. The physical set backs are tough to get through, but the mental ones are so much harder. Now that you are working through the physical challenges, it will be easier to transition and tackle the mental ones.
You are very fortunate - you have a 1 year warning that the mine will close. Think of this as a year to plan, reorganize, & get a new job. This will give you time to position yourself financially, and pack & move if that is what you have to do. This is a huge change, but you must change if you & your family are to overcome this. You can do this - just look at what you have done already!

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PIXIEMOM13 3/18/2013 1:30PM

    Man, you have really been through the wringer, haven't you buddy?!?
Rest, go from where you are... and I know you'll be sensible to adjust your goals if you need to for your race. (Rather like me for the Fall Classic... when I got sick I had to give up the idea of a possible PR and make my goal just to finish!)

You can do it.. you're so strong in more ways than one!

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REALLY_ROBIN 3/18/2013 12:48PM

  So glad you are beginning to feel better. Just take it nice and easy and you will be back at full pace in no time at all!


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LIGHTNINGRUNNER 3/18/2013 10:53AM

    You are so right about the attitude adjustment. Hang in there - get back to feeling 100% then hit the training again. I know it is hard to feel like you have to make up those 25 days, but you can't and don't try...just go from where you are - it may not be the ideal race, but seldom they are. If they were perfect you would have to quit - you couldn't ever get better.

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4RASCALS 3/17/2013 10:52PM

    Feel better. Just don't over do it.

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KATHIC2 3/17/2013 7:32AM

  You will stay the course!

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SHERRYBETH84 3/17/2013 12:25AM

    We are ALL cheering you on! When you win, we win, cuz you are showing us how to get up and recover. I love the motto, " If you think you aren't making progress, have it all taken away." I believe we are all wandering through uncharted territory as we learn new lifestyle habits and mindsets, trying to escape the life of shame and obesity . I, for one, am struggling through life, and get a beautiful shot of hope and company as I read the blogs and see others going through what I am working, or read others fighting where I had been. There is a lot of encouragement here.... Some given, some taken. Thank you for sharing.

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DDOORN 3/16/2013 11:15PM

    Re: "if you think you have not made any progress"...having been away from my routine for @ 3 weeks and getting back to it only to have my socks knocked off gave me some back-door appreciation for what I had previously accomplished!

You'll be joining me with that awareness soon enough I'm sure! :-)

Don

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KUTEY5041 3/16/2013 10:36PM

    Hope you are feeling better. I assume after reading this that I need an attitude adjustment. My "I can't' excuse is totally an excuse. I should be glad that I can do things if i will just get up and start doing then again. The depression/anxiety stops me but if I can get it started, it really is one of the best things to fix the problem.

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DONNA5281 3/16/2013 7:16PM

  Sorry to hear that you've been ill.

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CM_GARDNER78 3/16/2013 6:40PM

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Been thinking about ya! I'd shovel for you if I was closer!! Get better FAST!

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SLIMLEAF 3/16/2013 6:25PM

    I'm so sorry to hear about your injury and illness.

I can sympathise at least to some extent - I broke my leg at the end of January and am still in plaster, so I haven't been able to get to the gym, walk, run, swim or drive a car or go to buy food etc for seven weeks now. It's been a big challenge to my mental health as well as my physical health.

But we will both recover and we will both regain our fitness. It might take longer than we'd like to. We might have to miss races we'd set our hearts on (I've already had to miss several), but the success will be all the richer when we get there!

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NILLAPEPSI 3/16/2013 2:34PM

    So sorry you haven't been feel well. Hang in there & emoticon Praying you're feeling well enough to get back to your training soon.

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PATTISTAMPS 3/16/2013 1:50PM

    They only happy news is that you are doing better! Actually, there is other happy news... your fitness will come back more easily than you attained it in the first place. It won't be overnight, of course, but it won't take as long as you fear. Just don't overdo!



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ALDEBARANIAN 3/16/2013 12:24PM

    Life does have a way of throwing a few curves our way. Glad you're doing better. Hang in there.

As someone I knew once said, "It's a good life, if we just don't weaken." emoticon

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LINDAK25 3/16/2013 11:00AM

    I'm glad you are on the mend. I've had asthmatic bronchitis. It takes a long time to recover, longer than from a cold. Just allow yourself to get heal. I know it's frustrating, but your health is a priority. Your immune system must have reacted to the stress.

I believe in the power of positive thinking, so believe in yourself. You can get through this. You'll find a way.

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BRENDAGAIL9 3/16/2013 10:27AM

    This, too, shall pass and you will be back you your healthy self soon with proper rest. If you don't take care of yourself, who will?

Have a good weekend.

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FORBANDE 3/16/2013 10:00AM

    Hope you are better soon. As everyone has said, give yourself time to mend and recover. Maybe work on that stretching and flexibility to give yourself a little extra care.

Rest, hydrate and you'll be back at it in no time.

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SLIMMERJESSE 3/16/2013 9:57AM

    Yes, I just got knocked on my butt with pneumonia and am going through the same adjustment. My leg muscles ache already with lack of my usual exercise. I never took good health for granted, so I didn't need this wake up call. Hope you feel better soon.

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GINA180847 3/16/2013 9:53AM

    Yes, it is monkey crap on your head. Sometimes the only way out is through and that is what you have done. Lots of great comments here. So glad you are almost through now.

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BBECKER1955 3/16/2013 8:43AM

    This comes under the heading "life happens". Please give yourself the rest and good nutrition you need to recover. As much as I hate to admit it, there's no substitute for proper rest. I'm sure you'll come back stronger than ever!
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ALIDOSHA 3/16/2013 7:21AM

    I'm really sorry for all that happened to you. Please take care and don't get back to your exercise routine too soon! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MAUREENGRACE1 3/16/2013 7:03AM

    I am always pleased to see ON2VICTORY'S Blog in my in box. No matter how things go for you there is always a positive in there. I hope you recover fully very soon.

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BECCA315 3/16/2013 6:58AM

    Yes, we ARE cheering you on and we want you to suceed. God bless! Becca315

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MOBYCARP 3/16/2013 6:48AM

    "Overall, I have lost almost 25 days of training time and at a time when I was getting ready to ramp it up. The race is in a little over 4 months and I cant suffer any set backs."

I've been where you are. I'm close to there right now, with a more modest goal of a half marathon at the end of April that I probably won't be able to run all the way.

Your body is giving you a clue. Normally, when someone is very fit, colds and flus come and go quickly and lightly. In your case, you strained your back then got bronchitis and it knocked you onto your butt. Your body may be giving you a clue that you were over-training. Perhaps it's time to back off a bit, and not be as concerned about attaching a deadline to your major goals.

That's a tough pill to swallow for those of us who are testosterone-driven, but sometimes we want more than we can actually do. Recognizing when this is the case is hard, and accepting when it is the case is even harder. I can't say for sure that this is what's going on with you, but please think about it a bit.

In any event, right now your body's major job is to heal up and let you get healthy. Supporting that goal with the same focus on rest and moderation that you have given to athletic training in the past will ensure success.

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BARHAAS 3/16/2013 3:16AM

    Thank you so much for your update! Sharing your latest update is more than you really need to do in response to all the notes of encouragement. Folks just want to cheer you on--not make more work for you, especially when you really need to take care of yourself! Just know that we are routing for you and please do whatever it is you need to do to get and stay healthy. There is nothing more important than your health, and only you and your doctor know what is best for your continued recovery. You've done so many amazing things to improve your health before and will do so again. If you are ready for your race, so be it. If not, there will be another one. Your health is A #1 the most important thing--always! Please take care. You will get there. We know it! emoticon emoticon Don't forget to drink your water! emoticon emoticon and hang in there...you'll be back before you know it... emoticon

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 3/16/2013 1:43AM

    So sorry you have been having this trouble!! Hang in..you are strong and prepared. Glad breathing is easier. You are on my mind!

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123ELAINE456 3/16/2013 1:12AM

  So sorry to hear about all of what you have been going through.Take it easy and get back into your normal routine of things gradually. You don't want a relapse of this. Others has blog the same thing too. Get plenty of rest and sleep and give your body the time it needs to heal completely.You will be able to run the race in 4 months. Spark People are here for You Too. We are Behind You all the way. God blessings to You and Everyone. Have a Fantastic Day. Take Care.

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WORLDSERIES11 3/16/2013 12:13AM

    Robert, so sorry to hear about what you've been going through...but glad to head you are starting to feel better. I know you anxious to get back to training, but be sure to give your body the time it needs to heal...you don't want to have another set-back. Rest well and have a good nights sleep. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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RUNNERRACHEL 3/16/2013 12:03AM

    Good night Get some rest and give yourself time to recover. Sickness does take a toll on the body--especially when it's in your chest.

Keep up the hard work.

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EOWYNRUSS 3/15/2013 11:34PM

    You poor thing! To be blunt, sometimes it just rains monkey crap on our heads. Eventually, the storm will be over, but until then you just have to do what you can do to help yourself (a sturdy umbrella, perhaps?) and wait for it to pass. So number one: don't make anything worse. Take it from me, the poster child for doing too much, too soon. Take it easy, wait until you get cleared by your docs. Then, you can push yourself. Training hard is a lot easier if you do it from a position of health. Wishing you a speedy recovery.

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TYKXBOY 3/15/2013 10:52PM

    I know how you're feeling with your back. I hurt mine twice last summer. After taking a couple weeks to heal, I was always nervous that I would do too much and re-injure it. And after a week of barely being able to tie my shoes, I didn't want to aggravate it, again.

On the positive side, tho, a week or two off isn't the end of the world. In fact, a few times I've had to take a week or two off for various reasons and when I've gotten back into my training, I've found the rest helped me more than hurt me. If I took 3 or 4 weeks off, yeah, then I could feel the loss of training. But, just a week or two, and I could tell my body put the rest to good use and I often came back running faster and feeling stronger.

You can do it. Don't despair. Glad you're back is healing up and you're getting back into your training. But, you haven't taken as many steps back as you fear.

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COCK-ROBIN 3/15/2013 10:46PM

    Get some rest and get well soon. You're in my thoughts and prayers.

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SHANECODER 3/15/2013 10:31PM

    Wow! Sorry to hear all that! Life isn't fair! Take care of yourself.

It's been said a LOT, but I'll say it again. Give your body the time it needs to heal. It sounds like you are, but I know many who get back to it too quickly. It backfires. Instead of avoiding another slow few weeks, you end up adding a few more weeks of nothing. Just listen closely to your body. Probably better to err on the side of easy until your lungs are back.



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LIVEDAILY 3/15/2013 10:15PM

    I know what you mean about not being able to breathe. So, do you have a peak flow meter? Do you USE your peak flow meter? I mean, really REALLY use it? You're supposed to use it every time before you use any inhaler. So, if you're like me, you don't. Que surprise, right? But think about this. Every time you take a deep breath, and blow into the meter, that is exercising your lungs. When your number goes up, your lungs are showing higher volume capacity. So...use your meter! Keep it with your inhalers so that you'll remember to use it. It really makes a difference. Stay on your meds, and no more snow shoveling! That's what you hire high school boys to do!! Feel better soon!!
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STRIVERONE 3/15/2013 10:11PM

    I'll focus on the good news. Glad to hear you over the hump with the back spasm.

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GOING-STRONG 3/15/2013 10:10PM

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So glad you are feeling a little better... and hope you sleep well tonight! Sleep does do wonders that is for sure.





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MAREE1953 3/15/2013 10:03PM

    Well hell yeah we're cheering you on!!! Lots of good advice from your SP friends. In my humble opinion I like listening to your own body and what it needs and the advice of your physician as a member of your coaching team. Take care!!

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ROXYZMOM 3/15/2013 10:01PM

    Hey!! You are living life - these things happen! You will be fine and ready!

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_BABE_ 3/15/2013 9:50PM

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TREYONE 3/15/2013 9:36PM

  Take good care of yourself and feel better soon! emoticon

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GONE-BIKING 3/15/2013 9:34PM

    I'm sorry you are going through this. I know what you mean to some degree as last Fall I had to deal with a kidney infection. I couldn't believe how far that set me back not only in cardio endurance but in balance doing yoga. I'm thankful for every day I'm in good health. I wish you a quick recovery. Make sure you get the rest you need.


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SEATTLE58 3/15/2013 9:29PM

    Oh, so sorry you've had to go through all of this. The main thing now is to take care of yourself big-time and let yourself heal and get stronger every day!

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LRUSSELL6 3/15/2013 9:27PM

    Sorry to hear about your setback, all of this will make you stronger. One thing I am learning is to take it one day at a time, as long as you don't give up you are halfway to victory. So be certain to follow your doctors instructions and give your body the time it needs to adjust, slowing your pace is better than stopping. I am encouraged by you, thanks.

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REGILIEH 3/15/2013 9:24PM

    So emoticon that you have had such a bad time! You don't mention your family, do you have any support there?

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 3/15/2013 9:18PM

    Owie! So sorry to hear about the physical setbacks. They truly are the toughest to handle. Take it slow and steady to get your feet back under you and feeling better. Listening to your body and still pushing to do what you can is tough. You can and will get through this.
**HUGS**

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ACTIVE_AT_60 3/15/2013 9:12PM

    Allright mate, I'm going to respond here because others may benefit from my comments - and my reply won't be short.

I am sorry about your 'downtime' and I know it is frustrating it is to be laid up from medical issues. Kudo's to you for listening to your body and not just push on. Pushing on has a tendency to backfire.

As you know I have trained for two half ironman distances, and we did it Jan through April, which is not exactly the balmiest season where I live in NE Ohio. So, the question is - what can you do vs. what should you do? I would do some strength training and make sure your core stays strong. I would also do some running on the treadmill, and I would use the MAF method and train aerobically. I know it is boring like heck to run that slow, but if you keep track of it, you WILL find yourself getting slightly faster over time. The other advantage is you do some cardio to maintain your cardiac fitness.

You may also want to make sure you have a follow up with your physician. Much too often people start on treatment, and don't do follow up. Personally I don't think that is a good investment. I also think you should have some kind of agreement with him/her when you should reevaluate.

I don't know if he/she did a chest x-ray ... if he/she didn't - ask her when she is doing on. Your physician knows you and I am sure knows your goals, and should be part of your 'coaching staff'. I don't think you are the 'average joe' with bronchitis, and that is the reason you should collaborate with your MD.

There are plenty of opinions on this site on what works and what doesn't when you are in your situation but what works for one - may not work for someone else!!! There is a lot at stake for you, and you really need to seek advise from your entire 'coaching team'- which as I said includes medical professionals.

As for getting back to everyone who wrote you - the reason they have written in the first place is because they read the blog, so the simplest answer - focus on what you need to focus on and communicate by using the blog. People will understand.

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