things have not been great. september started with 3 weeks of 15-hr work days. when the project was finished, i had only missed one run, had done & 14-mile long slow run (on sept 15) in preparation for my october 20 day-after-my-birthday half in amsterdam. so then i finally did train tickets, hotels (3 day family vacation -- none of us has ever been there). and went out for a run that very afternoon and ... felt light-headed, and stopped, walked home, remembered that when i'd gone off my blood pressure meds in May, the doctor had told me to take my blood pressure regularly. and i'd ... forgotten. and just gone through a major stress and ... my systolic blood pressure was almost 180, which the internet says is when you should take yourself to the hospital. so i saw my doctor who said, don't run, and take the medicine again, at the low dose, and come back in a month. 5 days later, i emailed him that my bp was getting better (140-150) and that i would be really depressed if i didn't run, and that i would monitor my heart rate and that i do Galloway run/walking anyway ... and he said i could run. but to be very careful.
so i ran again. after 5 runs in 10 days, i decided sunday i could try a LSR again, since i need one if i'm going to run amsterdam. i ran 30/30 intervals, and then 45/45 (because my hr dropped back to below 130 in 45 seconds but not in 30) ... and i went 10 miles and then just felt pretty exhausted and sore (shoulders/neck, due to not doing ST, i think, which i started up again yesterday) and quit because i was exhausted ... but walked the 3.84 miles still to go to get home, and not that slowly and was totally unfatigued by the time i got home.
so i'm pretty sure i can do the race, though i will be incredibly slower than last year (since i still wasn't back up to speed from the broken kneecap) and might have to walk a lot at the end. but so i will. i will need to keep saying, jody, you're (practically) 62, you broke your kneecap this year and screwed up your blood pressure, so just finishing is really great, even if it's really slow. and i will also have to really focus on knowing the difference between not overdoing it and quitting. though i think my body does know ... which is why i'm so slow
. after all, i did know to stop when i felt light-headed, and i did listen to the doctor.
so now i need to work out intervals and stuff ...
i'm kind of hoping at least that the 2 unserious falls during the project were also bp/stress-related and that i'm not after all the world's worst klutz.
thanks for listening/reading.