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O what a craptastic morning! [Mar. 29th, 2008|09:37 am]
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But hopefully a good day.

I woke up at 5am with a very very hostile belly. I tried eating shredded wheat and 1/2 a banana for breakfast to help my belly and my poor angry cramping leg muscles.

To top that off, my leg is ON FIRE. OMG. 1 minute running goes well, so what do I do? Is it a sensible 2 minutes? No, that would be 7 minutes! Well, I've exceeded the power of Lyrica my friends, and it ain't pretty. I'm limping around here in a cranky mood of misery. I don't think this is the end of my running, but why can't I ever learn to ramp up slowly over weeks? I always feel I need to "push myself to the limit", which is fine academically, but when it comes to your body, especially when you have a chronic health issue, it's better to ramp up at a reasonable rate. I need to set smaller goals and then stick to them.

So, my goal for next week is to run 2 minutes (and no more than 2 minutes) in each of my 30 minutes walks. I'll get a new goal the week after.

OMG pain. In awesome news, my special friend discount for the hotel arrived today! Thank you very much!

[User Picture]From: prairieflower
2008-03-29 04:38 pm (UTC)
I hope you feel better later today!

I know it's so hard, when you have a small success like that, to remember to take it slow and easy. But you have to, honey.

I never replied about your run when you posted, but goodness, I am so happy to hear that you are having relief with Lyrica. I hope that taking it easy, working up slowly, and your medicine continue to help!
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[User Picture]From: starrynytes4me
2008-03-29 04:43 pm (UTC)
I may have to take extra medication today it is so bad, but that puts me further in the hole. I really need a doc who is less stingy with meds, but Dr. K knows me and is such a good doctor that I feel like until he retires I just can't leave him. I don't want a doc who will just give me unlimited meds anytime I want without concern for my long term health either. But Dr. K is SO conservative that it's a bit extreme.

Thanks for the good wishes! I've been having a blast being in less pain. I do need to remember that just because it is well treated right now doesn't mean that the nerve is fixed and/or I can't make it hostile beyond what the medication can compensate for.
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[User Picture]From: prairieflower
2008-03-29 09:14 pm (UTC)
Its a hard toss up when you find a good doctor, isn't it?

But the upside is that you are managing your pain, and doing it well! I hope I keep hearing about these high points for you!

My mother has started doing really well, too. She can't take medications, so it's all been a hard recovery for her. But I love seeing the women in my life that have been working so hard finally showing these successes!
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[User Picture]From: ebullientjenn
2008-03-29 08:33 pm (UTC)
I hope you don't feel like I'm being unsupportive here. But maybe running isn't the best option for you? It's so poundy on the spine and on your joints and all that. With your pain situation... is it really the best option for you?

Do you like the bike or the elliptical? Neither have any impact and will also make you fitter. I know I'm all gung ho about running, but truly, it's not for everyone.

*hugs* try not to push yourself so hard! It's always hard to think about what the next day might bring about in terms of consequences to your body.
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[User Picture]From: dove
2008-03-29 11:46 pm (UTC)
I second this as something to consider carefully. I mean, it's the CONCEPT of "I ran!" that feels, well, like an "arrival"! But it's not the best idea sometimes. I know, for me anyway, that it's not a good idea. I STILL have knee damage from when I was heavier. I get achey painful knees if I go down too many stairs, and I can still hear the cracking, ball-bearing cruncies when I go up stairs. I take the elevator at work, not because I am cardiovascularly unable to do stairs but because my knees have been through a lot and I figure they only have so many "bends" before they give out. So I'm conserving "bends". haha
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[User Picture]From: starrynytes4me
2008-03-30 04:25 pm (UTC)
Well, due to health concerns, the bike and elliptical are non-options entirely. Because of not being able to feel equally in the legs, the elliptical makes me fall off because I can't balance on it.

As far as the pain goes, the rotation of riding a bike makes my pain much worse than even running will.

Now, I'm not running on the street, just on a treadmill with impact absorbing capability, so that should save some wear and tear on bounces. I can't really just "walk faster" and get the same result. I have started adding more incline to my walks, so what I may due is add more incline and less running and see how that goes.

I know running isn't for everone, but riding a bike isn't on one of my life goals, and running is. I think I just tend to overdo anything I try, hoping it will go fine even if I don't ramp up slowly.
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[User Picture]From: dove
2008-03-30 05:33 pm (UTC)
I always say that you can never accuse Lanette of being dispassionate. ;)
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