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26
Jul

Crawling, Then Strolling Back

For the past week, I’ve been getting better, running-wise, at about 1.5% a day (an obviously arbitrary number).  Logged 17 miles running and walking for the week, 22 miles cycling, and I worked out at the gym twice.  Next week I’ll do 10%-15% more, if all goes well, and add some swimming.  I sure would like to have an endless swimming pool, as pictured below, but I’ll make do with either the regular outdoor pool at my condo complex or the indoor pool at the gym.

Endless Pool -- Not Me Swimming

Endless Pool — Not Me Swimming

A week ago today, I had quite a setback.  I’d been for a 20-minute walk, following my chiropractor’s suggestion that I not run, and felt ok.  When I got to my door, I casually reached down to untie my shoe, and got a spasm in my right hip the like of which I’ve never felt.  It was so painful I was crying, and I felt so disabled I thought I’d have to call an ambulance.  But managed to get inside and back upstairs, where (thankfully) there was a muscle relaxant and a pain pill and an opportunity to lie still — half hour later, I was ok-ish, but the pain lasted the rest of the day.

However,lucky me — a week later, today, just got back from a 27:30 run\walk session, in    which 20 minutes was running (slow running, maybe an 11 or 12-minute mile pace).And then, after showering and a bit of food and a little rest, rode my bike 5 miles to a meeting.  And an hour or so late rode the same distance homeward, to breakfast with 3 friends in the neighborhood.

Getting better — slowly but steadily.  Maybe Monday morning I can get in 4 miles.

21
Jul

All Stove Up

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted, and the reason is (wait for it, wait for it).

Well, I had a little accident involving a ladder on June 30th– didn’t fall off backward, just slipped coming down the steps and hit the ground hard, on my feet, after a fall of maybe 4-5 feet.  Now, you wouldn’t think that such a “fall” would even have noticeable effects, but in this case I must have jammed a few discs in my lower back.   Which expresses itself as pain radiating out through my right hip and into my right leg, which is quite numb below the knee.  Maybe it’s a pinched nerve, pinched between the lumbar discs–that would account for the weakness and numbness in the right leg.

Lumbar Spine Anatomy

Lumbar Spine Anatomy

Running has been nearly out (though end of last week I managed a mile or two on successive days, bracketed by walking.)  And today I went out for 31 minutes, mostly walking but also 12 minutes of running — very slowly, with numbness in my right leg, which feels as though it’s going to give out.  Well, maybe not exactly “give out,” but it is sort of numb.

And, sans running, I’m sans endorphins, which has strong and negative effects on my mental health.  So in about an hour I’ll try a short and relatively slow bicycle ride.

This situation, which has gone on since my initial tumble, makes me greatly sympathize with running friends who are unable to run because of injuries –some for many weeks and months.  Realistically and actually, I was only completely unable to run for 13 days, and since then been doing a little, mostly walking but some running.

If my running career is truly over (unlikely but possible), I can accept that — God give me the grace to accept the things I cannot change.  We’ll just have to see if I can substitute cycling, swimming, and working out at the gym.   Been to the gym a couple times since the injury, just doing things that don’t hurt, which pretty much means upper body, a few leg exercises with lighter weights than before.

LATE GOOD NEWS: A mere 2 days later, and I’ve managed 2-3 miles the past two mornings; mostly walking, but today was 28 minutes total, with 15 of those minutes running.  Hope for a bit more tomorrow — could even get to 20 miles for the week (Yay!!)