Published Thursday, January 24, 2008 by Carolyne.
I've been waiting to feel better, or to be better. Although there have been moments when I think that I have turned the corner, it then has reverted to the general "blah-ness" (a technical term) that has been difficult to recover from.
Today (Thursday, 24th January!) I am sitting on the sofa, the cricket on the TV, having just extradited myself from my second shift in bed this morning where I had retired with hopelessly aching bones and muscles. It feels as though I have gone 12 rounds with Mike Tyson for the fourth night running, suffering major body blows to my upper arms and all around my rib cage, especially around the flank. Ouch!
The only activity that could have contributed to this feeling is a walk - all walking, no jogging - on the bike paths around home on Tuesday afternoon. Needless to say, I have long accepted that the Canberra Marathon is going to be a non-starting event for me this year, and have just hoped to regain as much fitness as I can. I will certainly be there with bells on to cheer along the best of the Cool Runners such as Lucky Legs, Gronk, Speedy Geoff and Aki though!
Bob has been quite excited about his upcoming trip to Nepal and a trek with Peregrine on the Everest High Passes
. However, his high mood of excitement suffered a minor funk on Tuesday when it he was advised that it possible that it may not go ahead unless they get another booking. He was really looking forward to this, and had been going to the gym to work on his upper body strength and core fitness in preparation. I was going to equally enjoy spending possibly the best month of April in Canberra. We should know a little better early next week.
So, despite the number of tasks crying out to be done around the house, I shall spend today trying to recover as best I can. Tomorrows Customs is a bit iffy - I would certainly like to go (if I can drag my body out of the house), although whether I will be able to walk it, walk / jog, or just cheer from the sidelines, I'm not sure.
Published Wednesday, January 09, 2008 by Carolyne.
Published Tuesday, January 08, 2008 by Carolyne.
I was scrolling through my list of blogs, a little disappointed that the updates were coming so slowly . . . when a thought came to me - I could update mine. What a novel idea!
My recovery is proceeding, although slowly and not without some hiccups along the way. I have resumed some (gentle) exercise, going for a gentle preprandial walk with Bob on Saturday evening through Aranda Bushland on Sunday; a jog / walk to the Botanic Gardens and return on Monday; and a (oh-so-slow) jog into Black Mountain yesterday for 3.5kms, before I had to stop and walk /jog back.
The stomach bug is still hanging around, and causes problems whenever I exercise, hence the inability to keep 'running' for extended periods. This is a great nuisance, but it will work it's way out eventually, and is much easier to manage since the op in late 06. In the meantime, I think that doing some activity must be better than sitting on my ever increasing backside.
Of some more concern is my (recently reconstructed) left knee. It doesn't hurt (or I don't notice it) when I'm running, however walking (especially stairs) can hurt; and it is generally stiff. It hurts most of all when I'm lying in bed at night, so maybe I'm just being a wimp?
Published Friday, January 04, 2008 by Carolyne.
I did manage to get out for a walk with the PRB (or should this be PWB?) on Tuesday, walking the lovely trails of Aranda and Black Mountain Bushland to have a coffee at the Botanic Gardens Cafe. (They have continued to supply 'free' jugs of water for patrons after their unfortunate hiccup earlier last year). It was extremely pleasant, especially sitting down under the sails over the lawns watching the lizards and water dragons sunning themselves.
As per usual, I felt better as I went along, and felt re-enthused to do the same the next day until I was up to running again. Unfortunately, it was not to be the next day, I was overly fatigued, and my attempt yesterday (Thursday, 3rd) was greatly aborted to a gingerly strolled 2km at a very slow pace, feeling extremely nauseous and, more worryingly, aware of considerable pain in my recently reconstructed left knee.
I did travel a more novel route for a change, which is always enjoyable, and gives me options for the future. However, I arrived home rather despondent, having moved very slowly over a very short distance, and the start to the year not auguring well.
Friday is Customs Day. My knee wasn't at all happy, hurting when walking, so my planned slow jog/walk of the course was in jeopardy. Arriving a little too close to the time for the start of the run, I was preparing to go off before the official scratch time, however by the time I lined up preparing to start my watch, it was time for the watch to start anyway.
With great joy, I saw that Peter D turned up, fresh from a vigorous round of chemotherapy to attack some vigilant cancer. He and I both started at the start of the watch, jogging slowly, preparing to walk as soon as we needed. the movement made me feel like throwing up, so I concentrated on keeping my head and upper body as steady and still as possible, while moving as comfortably as I could. The worst of the nausea passed within the first 800m, largely dissipating before the 2km mark. I fought the urge to stop and walk for this time, feeling that the farther I jogged, the sooner I would finish and be able to recover. Although not expecting to make it to the turnaround, I did in 17:38, just having been passed by Nick B.
In my usual form, I felt better as I went along, keeping my pace at a comfortable 7min/km and feeling much better at the end than the beginning. It was, all in all, a personal worst time for the course by a significant margin of over 2 minutes, yet I was delighted with the 'run' (I'm a little embarrassed by this term) and encouraged for more of the same tomorrow. I mightn't be 'good', but I am 'better' (take that however you wish!).