I did it! I made it 31 days outside everyday for at least a mile. It as cool.
So let's start with some math. 1 mile for 31 days means 31 miles and kudos to the people who logged with me everyday. I like to cheer for these people because the guy who logged 100 miles in the first week-yeah, you don't need the support like we do. We know the struggle man. :)
Anyway by the half way point I was amazed I had logged 40 miles. I had also started logging some pain but the brain high was too awesome to stop. I caught a cold and went back down to walking my 1.2 mile dog loop and fighting off the feelings of lazy and slow.
Once the cold was trailing off I pushed hard and walked my loop before work and ran after work the last 2 days to finish strong with 81.64 miles.
What you say??? ( I wish I could up the font and type it again)
And all I got for it was a shirt, which I paid for.
But seriously it changed me ever so slightly. I am not an underachiever for "only doing a mile" some days. I was able to be outside for at least 30 minutes everyday and I love the outdoors. I am happy that ever so slowly I am increasing my gear so that I can do more comfortably outside. I did change my times to avoid a blizzard walk but mostly that was for safety not because I am lazy.
Today is Friday and it is snowing again. One of the first things I have thought this week is that I miss it already as I gave myself a break on Tuesday and Thursday.
I did address the knee pain to the doctor and she forwarded me around the block and I ended up with Physical Therapy. I just started but it looks like it may end up being a blessing in desiguise. I have already seen my weaknesses and. A plan has started to add strength where I need it. It's just the beginning but I am positive.
This is old news now but here is our first real storm of 2016. 15 inches when all was said and done. The top photo is what I came home to on Saturday January 23rd. It is typical that all the snow blows up against the door. There may be 4-6 on the ground but looks like 2 feet on the stoop.
You can see Sunday it brightened up and the kids came home from Dad's early as Ava was sick. Unfortunately once the driveway was shoveled her and I were headed to the Doctor and then the ER.
Kids are funny. Although she had a doctor's note to be out for a few days she was "bored" in no time so we strapped on our snow shoes, me for the first time, and we tromped around the back yard just so I could try mine out.
She agreed on a quick adventure and we hiked out to the Knob. I left her at this rock below to rest while I hikes to the end. I was trying to meet my 1 mile quota for the Winter Warrior.
Luckily the meds worked fast so she was feeling better and back to school by Wednesday. We even managed to get some more snow fun in before it disappeared and temps soared up to almost 50.
Crazy place we live but I'm not complaining.
So these brave souls are the group that decided to join in the Full Moon Run for the Falmouth Track Club's Winter Warrior Challenge. The original plan was for about 5 miles at Sandy Neck Beach but the man who plans these events is great at tailoring these things to the ability of the people who come out so that distance was fluid.
We had a couple walkers do 1 route and the rest of us ran from the parking lot down to the road that cut through the dunes and marshes. I believe this would be the road you drive on if you have a permit to go out on the beach. I haven't been to Sandy Neck in forever...dare I say 20 years so doing this by headlamp was a new experience. We ran by some cottages tucked in the dunes. A little icy but with proper lighting we kept everyone safe. Soon we located what we thought was cut-over 2 to the beach. It was not but it afforded us smooth sand dunes, grass and the sound of the ocean. I am not sure we should have done this but we feared going farther than a few peoples ability and we were as gentle as we could be. Soon we hit a crest and all you could see was ocean. Indescribable.
I didn't bother with photos. They wouldn't have come out well and I would like to focus on being present in events. Just soaking it in. The memories and blog posts should be enough.
Soon we started back on the beach. I found a good rhythm and just ran alone for a while. I was almost meditative. No music just the moonlight, the sound of the ocean and keeping my balance of course. 2 headlamps popped up on my left and they let us know the good news that we had made it back to the parking lot. I was so focused on a building far off that just didn't seem to be getting any closer no matter how long I ran so I would have missed this path if they hadn't walked out and cheered for us.
I decided to call it a night at this point with 3.8 miles under my belt. I have not been feeling well and running on sand added some extra effort. About half the group continued on another loop down the beach to add some additional miles. I am happy to say that with the understanding of this group I am growing more comfortable with my ability and just participating to my level. These people are "big runners" in my view so it can be a little intimidating but I also figure they can teach me a ton.
I am not sure when this shell came into the night but they posted it to the group on Facebook and someone made sure my name was added.
Ice Ice Berry was in the house!
While running I got into a conversation with a member about how you need to keep running interesting. We all could have just run our own run but making this event to run together in such a beautiful place on a full moon makes great memories. I couldn't agree more.
We do these all the time at work on people who's family hasn't spoken to them in a while or elderly people in a snowstorm but who really does one on the person who appears to be functioning normally??
I have started this year off with a bang physically walking or running almost 50 miles. I love the feeling of tired muscles, being outdoors and the endorphins.
I have a physical with a new doctor next Tuesday so I had a blood draw last Tuesday. I also have been keeping a list of things I want to ask about. I want to be running this body the best it can so I can continue to push my limits.
A few days ago a nurse called about one of my tests being elevated and she asked me what I have been doing lately that may have produced muscle strain. I laughed. Running and walking. Then I remembered the hellish hot yoga class I took 2 days before the blood draw. When I told her that she laughed and said "Oh, I've taken one of those. I bet that was it." She suggested more water and drinks with electrolytes.
I was a little nervous. I wanted more info but not wanting to Google Panic. So I started looking up this test and saw that dehydration can cause this muscle stress. Now Google dehydration.
Funny enough but almost every issue I wanted to discuss with her can be a side effect of dehydration.
I have been thinking about it, not in a panic sort of way but in a lets get a better handle on it. I think I have found that I was probably not managing it well before the appendix crap and then I spent 2 lousy stints in the hospital with no IV fluids and NPO. I then battled diarrhea for a month after all the antibiotics. This seems to be the turning point where it became a serious problem and now we need to correct it.
With Gastric Bypass you are not supposed to drink 30 minutes before and at least 30 minutes but ideally 60 minutes after a meal. This plus my love of drinking coffee cuts down on the time I can be drinking water. I also had no clue I should be drinking about 3 times what I usually drink WITHOUT physical exercise. For example today is about 37 degrees. I walked for about an hour and sweat. My breath was elevated and so was my heart rate. So that means more fluids kid!! Who's thinking to drink in the Winter? Not this chick.
I am definitely not doing enough.
My Mom just stopped by and we got to talking about this. I look down at myself as I type and see this. Why is it that I buy clothes at a discount store to fuel my hobbies, I patch education and trips together randomly and I think I can just wing it? I am so busy thinking I am not a real runner, hiker, whatever that I am trying to do it all with my normal half ass food program.
I really, really want to do any random adventure I can afford and the only way I can do this is to ramp up the care of this body. I treated it like shit for many years. I still don't give it credit for the awesome things it does. Always looking at the negatives instead of the achievements.
Tuesday my list will be addressed and firm. I always back down when a doctor tells me it's nothing, I don't need it or that's excessive. She gave me this impression when I had a meet and greet 6 months ago. I have decided that if she can't or won't help me I will change Doctors again. I find it frustrating that people abuse the medical system and get things they don't need but when you seek assistance to get and stay healthy it is a battle.
Winter Warrior Challenge with the Falmouth Track Club 2016 is in full swing.
Cool thing is they are a lively group and very into supporting each other. They even made a separate group page for us to chat about our Warrior stuff.
Uncool thing is they are a lively group and social........
So I have been outside for 5 days when a member says come to the track workout to get credit for Day 6. Great idea and I have wanted to get back to these. Learn something. Train besides just putting on shoes and running. SURE! There will be a safe running place with people and lights at 6pm.
I am trying not to focus on the whole I know no one I like being alone thing.
When I arrive I find folks running around the parking lot to warm up as the track lights aren't on. someone finally turns them on and we run a warm-up lap to find it is icy most of the way around. I am not about falling on my ass and start to think-I am out! I will just run around the parking lot where I felt safe and call it a night. I already had 2 laps around under my belt so that must be a mile to meet the daily requirement.
After some skips, lunges, ect it is agreed that we will run around the school as it is safer. A woman says I just did the route with "Bill" and he has GPS so I know the route that is a mile. She says it is confusing so I'll show you.
Great, the group agrees, let's go.
So if you know the Falmouth High School at all we head from the track down behind the school and they start to pull away. I am okay with that. I need to travel at my own speed. By the time I come out the other side to the student lot they have looped that and are ready to take that back driveway back around. I am keeping my cool. I never run with anyone else. I feel pretty good and I just need to keep up enough to see the route.
By the time I get back to the track they have run the front loop and I didn't see it as they are passing back by me to do the loop again. The very enthusiastic woman who was leading now leans out to high 5 me and say great job. I'm not feeling great at this point but determined not to feel defeated.
It's okay Jennifer. Just run the loop of the front lot past the front driveway. It has to be that.
I am headed on my second loop and don't see another soul. I am running without headphones. Just me, my breathe and the stars which were beautiful I might add.
On my second loop I am just coming into the student parking lot when I see them looping the front driveway. I can't even to begin to know how far behind I am and I am trying not to calculate it in my head.
I am working on my head talk.
My pace is all that matters.
You showed up.
Screw it-I am all done!
I will say I was upset. I want to be better. I should stick with running alone.
What is the lesson here?
I got home and mapped my warm up loops as they were different than the mile loops. Turns out I did 2- .74 mile loops. I did a .25 mile warm up loop and 2 -1.17 loops.
Let let's think about this. Perspective is everything.
I ran just under 4 miles last night.
My total mileage for 6 days is 17.48 miles.
I showed up in January at night in the dark when only the die hard runners are still running.
There is not one thing listed above that I should feel down on myself about.
My body is tired. I was running about 3 miles once a week previous to this. So this is a sharp increase. I feel myself getting stronger. I do not want to fail this challenge. I do not want to quit.
I just may end it with a 5K race.
Ice Ice Berry