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Weekly Running Log

Thursday, August 22, 2013

And, The Beat Goes On.....

Since the last post and evaluating my situation, I decided to stop the walking until later.  My sleep has been quite erratic, sleeping sometimes but mostly waking up between 3 and 4 in the morning and always tired throughout the day.  When I do not take something for pain, I will wake up [any time] hurting and have to take something.  After realizing that I was not going to make it through the night, I decided to continue the meds at night for now.  It's the only time I take them and it really helps. 

Sleeping upright in the recliner for almost 5 weeks now is taking its toll on me.  Having displacement in my shoulder [affecting my collarbone] along with the break itself, I am waking up being very stiff with some hurting.  I think the problem lies in the fact that I cannot move in the chair and, being a recliner, it "braces" my head in a position that is not for sleeping but relaxing; therefore, causing my sleeping form to put more pressure on my collarbone and neck causing stiffness and pain the next morning.  I've refrained from taking something when I get up and just move my arm more and more to work out the hurt.  So for now...I just have to deal with it.  I can hardly wait until I can sleep in my bed again!!!! 

Here are some things I've totally taken for granted not being able to use my writing hand for a looong time now are:

Brushing my teeth
Brushing/Drying/Fixing my hair
Feeding myself
Shaving
Bathing/Drying off
Driving
Dressing myself
Cooking
Washing dishes
Reaching into and across the sink
Tying shoes
Cleaning the house [yes, I even miss this]
Anything with my arm raised above my waist!!
Sleeping!!!
Writing
Cutting an apple

These are a few things that come to mind.  We take soooo much for granted.  As of today, I can gladly say that I am moving some better.  I can reach into the sink now and move my hand up to my nose.  I am also using my sling very little; mostly when I am in a crowd for others to not grab or hug me seeing I may be hurt.  These are little improvements but I am glad to have them.  Patience is not something I have so there are many trials along the way.  I'm so thankful to have a husband that literally takes care of me now. 

It's been about 2 weeks now since I've exercised/walked.  I began walking on Tuesday this week.  This time without a sling and swinging my arms a little.  I felt pretty good and even a day or two afterward, I'm not hurting from it.  Also, I started my squats again this week.  Today, I walked 2 miles again and incorporated a little bit of light jogging; this time on the treadmill at a 2% incline.  I will check and see how I feel tomorrow and the next from today's workout.  I hope I will be okay.  Evaluation is always in progress...trial and error, per se, to see if I can continue or stop the activity until a later time. 

I hope you are up and moving in some way.  Please don't take it for granted.  You never know when fate my take over and remove "normal" from your life for a while.  I hope to be driving some and on the road running soon.  I can hardly wait and will not take running for granted again.  And, yes, I will

Run 4 It [as soon as I can] 

1 comment:

Becky Ryder said...

I do feel your pain. Earlier this year, when I broke ribs, I thought I would never get past the pain. But, it does get better. Yes, I do know what you mean about taking for granted those movements that are a part of our everyday lives. It has been about six months since my accident and I still cannot do certain movements without pain. I just try to avoid those and do what I can. Unlike you, I simply cannot take pain meds. They make me sick. If I could have tolerated them, I would have taken all that were safe. In my opinion, you need to take whatever is safe and gets you through the day or night. I tried sleeping in a recliner and that did not work for me. Do what works and you will eventually get back to running. Don't push it. I learned that the healing time cannot be forced. Just accept that you have to do whatever gets you well and you will be back!

2016 Races

  • 10/15/16...Shrimp Festival 5k
  • 05/30/16...Fiesta Five Flags 5k
  • 03/19/16...Azalea Trail 10k
  • 03/13/16...St. Pat's Leprechaun 5k
  • 03/05/16...Bay to Breakfast 12k...1st trail race
  • 02/20/16...Sea Turtle Half
  • 02/13/16...Double Bridge 15k

2016 Goals

  • Run 1,000 miles-Done
  • Bike 300 miles
  • Half Marathon-Done
  • Eat fruit daily
  • Push through the hard times-Done
  • Cut back on refined sugar

2015 Races

  • 12/19/15...Make It To The Line 4 Miler
  • 11/21/15...Wild Turkey Trot 5k
  • 11/14/15...Oyster 5k
  • 10/10/15...Shrimp Festival 5k
  • 05/30/15...PHind a Cure-W/D
  • 05/02/15...Fiesta Five Flags 5k
  • 04/18/15...Zydeco 5k - W/D
  • 04/??/15...Virtual Remember the Fallen 5k
  • 04/??/15...Virtual Boston Strong 5k
  • 04/11/15...Magnolia 5k
  • 03/28/15...Azalea Trail 10k
  • 03/07/15...Circle K 5k
  • 03/01/15...Gulf Coast Lulu's 10k
  • 02/28/15...Sweetheart 5k
  • 02/07/15...Double Bridge 15k

2015 Goals

  • 1 Half Marathon
  • Eat fruit daily
  • Overlook past failures
  • Push through the hard times/things

2014 Races

  • 12/06/14...St. Jude's Half Marathon
  • 08/16/14...Pinky 5k Virtual
  • 08/15/14...Howl @ the Moon 10k Virtual
  • 02/15/14...Sweetheart 5k
  • 02/01/14...Double Bridge 15k

2014 Goals

  • 1 Half Marathon
  • 700 Running Miles
  • Strengthen my Upper Body
  • Recuperate, Recover, Renew
  • Get active in WW
  • Eat Fruit Daily
  • Start Clean Eating
  • Begin Eliminating Sugar from Diet

2013 Races

11-30-13...Stennis 5k
11-23-13...Turkey Trot 5k
11-08-13...Run For The Kids Virtual Half [St. Jude's]
10-12-13...Shrimp Festival 5k
09-22-13...Talladega Half
07-04-13...Wesson 2 Miles
06-29-13...Emz Liverpalooza 5k
05-18-13...Pursuit of Fun 5k
04-20-13..Warrior Dash
04-07-13...Gulf Coast Half-Pensacola
03-23-13...Azalea Trail 10k
03-10-13...Leprechaun 5k
02-24-13...NOLA Marathon
02-02-13...Double Bridge 15k-Pensacola
01-13-13....Gulf Coast Half-Lulu's

2013 Goals

  • 3 Half Marathons-Done-Plus 1
  • 1 Marathon-Done
  • 1000 Running Miles-No, due to RC Tendonitis & Broken Shoulder
  • Eat fruit daily-A little aggressive but better
  • Maintain weight in 130's-Did NOT happen!

2012 Races

12-08-12...FloraBama Jingle Bell 5k
11-24-12...Jingle Bell 10k
11-17-12...Turkey Trot 5k
10-27-12...Jazz Half
10-20-12...OS Rotary 5k
10-13-12...Race for Grace 5k
09-29-12...5k For Katlyn
07-04-12...Wesson 2 Mile
04-15-12...Gulf Coast Half...[Withdrew-bronchitis]
04-14-12...Diversity Dash 5k
03-24-12...Azalea Trail 10k
03-03-12...MS50 20k...[Withdrew-bronchitis]
02-25-12...Kids Need Heroes 5k
02-11-12...Sweetheart 5k
02-04-12..Double Bridge 15k
01-14-12...Pensacola Half



2012 Goals

  • 1 Full Marathon-Marine Corp filled up
  • 3 Half Marathons-2 Down-Sick had to drop 2
  • 20 Miles-Wkly Mileage-Bronchitis kept me from this
  • Cross Training 2x Week-Poor Commitment
  • Weekly Weights W/O-Again Poor Commitment

2011 Races

  • 11-26-11...Kaiser Half
  • 11-19-11...Turkey Trot 5k
  • 11-11-11...Thumbs Up for Bill 5k
  • 11-05-11...Senior Bowl 10k
  • 10-22-11...Running the Streets 5k
  • 10-15-11...Shrimp Festival 10k
  • 10-08-11...Mullet Run 5k
  • 09-24-11...Waiting for a Cure 8k
  • 09-05-11...Labor Your Legs 5k
  • 07-04-11...Wesson 2 Miles
  • 06-04-11...Bay Fest 5k
  • 05-14-11...Stargazer 5k
  • 04-30-11...Fiesta 5 Flags 5k
  • 04-16-11...St. Benedict's 5k
  • 04-10-11...Gulf Coast Half
  • 03-26-11...Azalea Trail 10k
  • 03-19-11...St. Patrick's 5k
  • 03-05-11...Eco 5k
  • 02-13-11...Mardi Gras Marathon

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