Run, jellybean, run!!!!

Friday, February 22, 2013

Feeling a bit more optomistic today. I mean, afterall, it is what it is.

So on to better things. I had a bad case of bronchitis back in October that threw me for a loop that is still affecting me. First thing was that I couldn't breath. At all. So I got that taken care of. But the prednisone made me baloon up and gained about 10 pounds. The antibiotics made me sicker than anything. And the inhaler caused my bp to soar.

Well I didnt let that rerail me. It sure slowed me down and took me on a detour, but I still progressed. Ever so slowly. Then I was having problems with my heart rate being too high. Or when it wasn't I was wheezing and huffing and puffing. One of the other. Never a workout without one or the other. Grr.

Here it is February. I have really been wanting to do a couch to 5k program. But seriously (I can't believe I am putting this out here because I am so humiliated) I couldn't even run 1 minute. I thought I would die. Seriously!

I watch the Biggest Loser and see these people so much bigger than me. These people haven't been working out regularly for the past year like I have. These people are literally running. No flippen way.

I actually think I have some sort of suggestive disorder because if I read about someone having it or hear about it somewhere I suddenly get it. Well I have flat feet and read that I need quality shoes. I ran out andhad a gait analysis done and spend over $100 on getting a good quality shoe. I couldn't wait to get out and run!!!!

Wow. Those shoes felt great, and I started running. I worked up to 1.5 minutes but then suddenly I began experiencing calf pain. I worked better at stretching. I ran out and bought compression leg sleeves. Then my back started hurting. Then the HR, then the huffing and puffing.

2 good pair of running shoes later, 2 compression leg sleeves, better stretching, different meds for exercise induced asthma, I don't know how much money I have invested so far, but.......

Today I actually ran over 3 minutes straight. I only stopped because my daughter called. I jogged 3 minutes, rested 2-4, jogged another 3, etc.....

I know this is not really a big deal to my friends who are already running 5ks, marathons, etc... But for an ex-smoker who has suffered bronchitis and pneumonia more times than I can count since an infant - I am thrilled!

Im not going to push this right now. Next week I have to get back into ST. But I will still work on working my way up. Before long I am hoping to be crossing that finish line.
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  • BDH1970
    I've been exercising daily for a year or more, and I still have trouble running for a whole minute - so good for you!! My sister, an avid runner (I call her the energizer bunny), tells me "it's mind over matter" and that's how she can go and go and go. I'm still working on it :) You can do it - keep it up!
    1882 days ago
  • LISAN0415
    God bless you being able to run that long, I am still building my way up- we'll get there!

    I know when actors and actresses have to lose weight fast, they are told to run, and jump rope.... I think I will buy a jump rope and hula hoop this week.

    We can do it!!

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    1882 days ago
    Keep up the great work!!! I know you can do this. You're off to a great start!! emoticon
    1883 days ago
    Great job. Sounds like you are moving forward. I am not even an ex-smoker and I have trouble running a minute. Before you know it you will be crossing that finish line!
    1883 days ago
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    I bought a pair of running shoes the other day. They were some that were advertised in some sort of running magazine.
    I put them on and walked around the house in them. I can't even jog very far but maybe since they are "running shoes" I'll magically turn into a runner! Well maybe they'll help me walk a little faster.
    Good job on running the 3 min.!
    1883 days ago
    That is terrific! I'm so proud of you! Just make certain you take days off between running. You are going to be joining me on 5K's in no time!
    1884 days ago
    Hey, I am right there with you, other than I am still smoking (down to 4-5 a day, now). I feel I am to old to run, but I am starting to jog and it isn't pretty. Hang in there, we will congquer this slowly but surely. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1884 days ago
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