Archive for October 2013
Yesterday was the Crawlin’ Crab 5k and I actually finished! My official finishing time was 53:14, which means I had a 17:10 minute mile. Definitely not my fastest pace. In fact, looking back on my Atlinks Results Page http://athlinks.com/racer/results/125732156, that would be my slowest pace in a race ever. But I have to remember that I ran (and mostly walked) that with an injury. I’m currently going through physical therapy, just started last week, actually, so I’m not even close to my best yet. But I finished and that’s the important thing. I was worried I wouldn’t, so it’s a big deal to me that I did.
My physical therapist told me today, she thinks the people who take longer to finish are actually sometimes working harder than the people who finish first, mostly because a lot of times those people have injuries or more weight to carry than other people. And that’s true for me. I’m not sure I worked harder than someone who finished in 25 minutes, but I did my best.
And finishing that race yesterday sparked something in me. I got my fire back, my motivation. I had lost it for a long time, had trouble even getting motivated to try and go walking or work out. But now I am ready to start full on training, eating better, and exercising. It makes me feel so good that I am getting back to my old self and finding my passion again. That’s what it’s all about. I think if you live your life without being passionate about something, it’s a very sad life. And I was living that for a long time before I discovered running and even for awhile while I was lost.
I did great in physical therapy today. It was my first full session and I feel so much better, even though my calves are so sore still!
I really hope this is the start of things looking up.
Well, tomorrow is race day. Just 10 hours from now I’ll be at the starting line getting ready to take off.
I’m pretty nervous. I just want to finish honestly. I hope my foot doesn’t mess up.
Wish me luck!
This is a great article from SparkPeople for those of you runners who enjoy yoga!
My first day of physical therapy went really well today. I really like my therapist. She did say I have weak ankles, but she cleared me for the race this weekend, as long as I’m careful.
When she asked me what one of my goals were, I said to be able to run a mile without stopping, and she said it’s definitely something we’ll work on.
I did manage to workout some today and my eating was better than usual.
One day at a time, I guess.
It’s a new month, meaning new beginnings and fresh starts.
I had planned on weighing in this morning to start off the new month, but I didn’t have time. I did end up weighing in on Sunday at 209. And it was just 2 weeks ago that I was 219. I will admit that I didn’t do much of anything to lose that weight. I had been on a migraine preventative medication that caused me to gain over 25 lbs in less than 3 months. I took myself off of it 2 weeks ago and ended up losing 10 lbs. So, that should say something. I’m on a new migraine preventative medication now, so let’s hope that doesn’t cause any weight gain.
I went to the foot doctor yesterday and I definitely have tarsal tunnel in both feet. Basically, I have pinched nerves in my feet that cause extreme throbbing and tingling in the front of my feet. So, he put cortisone shots in both feet and I start physical therapy tomorrow. And he’s ordering for them to fit me with a custom orthodic. We’ll see how that helps. The cortisone shots are helping a ton.
I have a race coming up this weekend. It’s the Crawlin Crab 5k. I’ll be okay to run the race and I’ll make sure to be very careful not to injure myself again. My goal is to just finish the race. Maybe not dead last, hopefully, but finishing is the main goal.
I am definitely doing better than I was last week. I’m not 100% and I’m still certainly not happy, but I’m better. I’ve been reading up on Bipolar Disorder and learning new things about it, ways to cope and deal with it a little better. A big part of it is support and understanding from the people in my life, which I DON’T have, but somehow I’ll have to get past that. I do appreciate the support and understanding from those that show it, even though most of the people who do, I have never actually met in person, we’re just friends online. I do find it sad and a little odd that I can get support from total strangers, but my own family can’t seem to even try. Oh well. I guess it’s just up to me.
A big thing I need to work on is consistency. So I will try to post every day during the month of October. Just a quick update or talk about what’s going on in my head or whatever. Hopefully you all will read it and comment!
So, here’s to a new month! May it be a great one!