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Tuesday, October 08, 2013

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 emoticon . 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.
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    You've had a lot going on lately and high blood pressure is nothing to sneeze at, let alone a broken kneecap. But wow, you are still going strong and getting the job done--something to be proud of no matter how slow you go. I can only echo what the others have said: listen to your body, it'll guide you in the right direction. Take care and enjoy Amsterdam!
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    Good on you for listening to your body and responding to your needs. Keep going, you're making great progress!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1961 days ago
    You are doing a great job of listening to your body and making wise decisions. I made the mistake of not doing ST for a while, it is really important to your overall fitness. It will make a big difference if you be consistent with your ST. So awesome you love running so much !!
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    I am so glad that you are paying attention to your body and listening to the Doctor. Enjoy the process and continue to take care of yourself.
    1961 days ago
    So many things contribute to one's health.

    You work hard.

    You have not had the easiest of years.

    Don't fret.... life is just one day at a time. What can be done today is enough!!! It might be more or less than yesterday.... but it is TODAY.

    And according to Winnie the Pooh,,,, his favorite day is always TODAY.

    We are alive. We are experiencing human life. How can anything be better than this?

    Take care!!! And Enjoy what is.....................
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    Comment edited on: 10/8/2013 7:29:25 PM
    I'm sorry for everything you're going through, but you seem to have a good perspective on the situation. Listen to your body and enjoy the race.
    1961 days ago
    emoticon I'm sure you'll do just fine... Just listen to your body and enjoy the run... emoticon
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    i'm sure you'll manage. as Lisa says, just take it slow and steady, and listen to your body too. never mind if you're slower than last year. just enjoy the views and the holiday. you will be celebrating right? on sunday or maybe monday?
    no, you're not the world's worst klutz. i fell on sunday, hurt my shoulder and hit my head on the ground. thank goodness there were no stones just there.

    1962 days ago
    I used to have very high blood pressure, so I know what you are going through. Mine was resistant to medication, which only made it worse. The resistance to medication turned out to be because I am very sensitive to sodium. So a low sodium diet was a big step forward. Running to some extent helped me get it under control from there. But it was strength training (and the resulting increase in muscle mass, decrease in body fat) that finally got me off medication. It is still "high normal" (130/85) but since it used to be 180/100 (and sometimes higher if I was stressed), I am happy. Every doctor told me I would be on medication for the rest of my life (at one point I was talking three at maximum doses and still had high readings). I'm glad I didn't believe them and never gave up.

    As for your upcoming race, don't wait until the end to slow down. Start the race at a very easy ratio. That makes all the difference in the world. If I hadn't started Wineglass at :30/:30 (and a pace around 12:30), I don't think I could have finished it. That's a lot slower than I could have gone at the beginning, but it left sufficient reserves in the tank for when I needed it. As I went along, I adjusted at the first sign that I was getting tired. First to :25/:30 then to :20/:30. When the sun came out at the end, I walked extra in mile 25. The point really is that if you are conservative from the beginning and slow down before you really need to, you can maintain a fairly consistent pace without killing yourself. Pace yourself to come in just under what ever the course cut off is.
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    1962 days ago
    You can do it! I did 30/30s for a whole marathon, and that got me through it when my training was disappointing. The unexpected bonus is that I enjoyed it so much more. emoticon
    1962 days ago
    I can empathize: my blood pressure is the most resistant number to change. My weight is dropping as are the other blood numbers, but I'm still on b.p. meds. I also forget to take my b.p. as often as I should. You are so reflective about these things that I have no fear you'll do what is your own best interest. Sometimes when I encounter obstacles it helps me to remember what the alternative is: where I was before Spark.

    Looking forward to hearing how the race went. emoticon
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    Bless your heart, you have really been through it. I hope the rest of the year is much better for you.
    Just take it slow and steady, listen to your doctor and keep the faith. You are doing great.
    1962 days ago
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