My pleasure!! Take it slow training outdoor because of the impact to your lower back and knees. If you start experiencing pain or flares come back, train in the water if possible until pain gets better. Remember, BABY STEPS!
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Wow lots of fibro runners! I just started the 5k My Way program and I'm surprised at how well I'm doing. I've been using a treadmill, and I need to start training out on the sidewalk to prepare for my first race. I've been dx with fibro 10 years and I never thought I would be able to do this!!
The big thing with fibro is the "use it or lose it" thing. You have to take flares into account, yes. You also have to KEEP MOVING. Even when it hurts, you need to do SOMETHING...
I have an issue with staying in one position for too long--most of us do and don't realize it--if I sit for more than ten minutes, my muscles start to spasm. So I have plenty of motivation to keep at it! LOL
I kind of envy your ability to run... I used to be really good at sprints! LOL
... but I have an issue most fibro patients don't have to deal with: diabetic neuropathy that affects my legs, and I don't have my doctor's approval to run... I'd probably fall on my face, anyway! LOL In point of fact, I have to really THINK when I WALK now, to make sure my feet are going where I tell them to! LOL But... I DO walk every day, concentrating specifically on form, and more For a set amount of time than for the distance. I'm only good for about nine minutes max right now--but I started out at THREE! LOL On a good day, I can go farther in that same time...
Slow increases, taking your time... it works. The way I figure it, I'm grateful for being able to do what I can right now, and you are too, and with that fibro-monster in the closet, we're all in the same boat. Right?
"The real secret of success is enthusiasm..." thanks, Walter P. Chrysler. I believe it. That's what I want in my life--to give my imagination a chance, to live with energy and enthusiasm!
Ralph Waldo Emerson said 'Life belongs to the energetic.' But you don't have to be frenetic and hyper--some energy is quiet and steady, like a heartbeat... and that works too! LOL
Life comes in specific increments, which we receive as a gift of one moment at a time. That's why it's called
Bekahbell, even though I know to train for 5Ks you should do it in pavement (to train at the same conditions); if you're in pain.. go to a track... or better yet, if you have a pool.. run inside the pool. Believe me, the resistance from the water is like running with weights, is amazing. That way you wont miss your workout and you wont hurt yourself. Another option is the treadmill or eliptical. I've found that with the eliptical my lower back doesnt hurt as much as running outside and burn pretty much the same amount of calories.
But is very very important to listen to your body and dont fully ignore the flares. I'm not saying stop working out when you're in pain but do take preventive measures to avoid making that flare or injury worse. If there's anything I can help guys, dont be shy please.
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I'm so glad to hear this!! I was a runner (not a great one, just did a few 5k's) and I loved it. it was the only workout I really enjoyed. other than swimming. I quit back in Sept because the pain was so bad. When I went to my doc (in Nov - when I was sort of diagnosed), he told me not to run, no high impact excersise. He thought at the time, my pain may be arthritis. I saw a reumatologist a few weeks later and she told me to go ahead if that is what I love, but I've been scared so I haven't. I want to get the pain under control first, and then ease back into it. I would love to run a marathon someday!! When I started running a few years ago I used the "Couch to 5 K" plan from cool runnings. It was amazing, I was never able to even run a mile before and hated running. Did that program and fell in love. It's very gradual and promotes no injury training. I plan on using that again when I start up.
Believe me, I know how frustrating can be to take it slow at the beginning... but dont give up. I started doing the 5Ks in intervals and now I'm running 2 miles pretty much all hills without stopping. Of course, there are days that my lower back screams 'bloody murder' and I have to look for another workout that day, but even that is not stopping me. Dont lose hope, keep up with your workouts and following doctors orders :)
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I was diagnosed with Fibro about 9 years ago and heard the best thing I could do for it was to exercise. So I try to stay active and decided to take up running last year. I've never been a runner, never even liked running, but for some strange reason, I put "running a 5K" on my bucket list. I ran my 5K in August with my daughter and I loved the feeling of accomplishment after that race. Immediately another daughter signed me up for a half marathon so I started training for that which I will run in less than 2 weeks. I follow Jeff Galloway's run/walk/run program and found that it's very doable for me. I always allow at least 1 day of rest between runs.
I hope you heal soon so you can get back to doing what you love.
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Thanks so much for your reply - very encouraging!!! Exercise has always been a huge part of my life - it's a big part of who I am. I feel so empty without it. I have continued to lift weights, but the cardio part is what's missing because of my injured tendons. I am DETERMINED to run again - even if it takes a few years to get there!! You made me feel so hopeful with how active you are!!
Even though I do a lot of other types of workouts, I've learned to enjoy running. Problem is impact with asphalt is HORRIBLE for your back and legs... so for people with fibro is a bit hard. Running in a track is not as fun, but it doesnt hurt as much.
Allow your body to heal, make sure to warm up before starting your run AND STRETCH those muscles afterwards. From barely being able to exercise at all, now I run 2 miles :) but when my back says enough, I just swtich the type of workout.
I also teach Zumba, do spinning, outdoor cycling and steps... and I can tell you, we have to listen to our bodies to avoid these injuries. I know that can be difficult, but beats having to stay bed-ridden for weeks.
Hope you feel better soon and get back on your running shoes in no time.
I was a big runner until overuse injuries (tendonitis and bad shin splints) forced me to stop last summer...as time went on the pain got worse and traveled up into my whole body. I FINALLY got an unofficial dx of fibro this week. I am wondering if anyone runs?? I know I will never be able to return to my 120+ miles/month that I was doing last year at this time, but I'd love to be able to just do an easy couple of miles. I love running and miss it terribly.
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