Monday, May 30, 2011

Starting From Scratch

When you try to explain to someone that you can't run a half mile without resting AND put the word "marathon" in the same sentence; it can cause some confusion. 
I've already seen minute changes in my distance and overall feeling in my legs when I run. When I first tried running just months after I finished chemo running was painful. Every step/stride was like someone was hitting my head with a pot. The feeling was so awkward, not only in my head but my legs too. They felt like they were going to break at any momment!  But now, I don't have that and that, is just another good outcome I've overcome and can look past now.

 I can now run .13 miles, walk for a few seconds and run another .13 miles.  Compared to when I first started- that's improvement and I'll take it!  The neuropathy in my feet still remains, therefore; causing difficulting in walking much less running. Thankfully, my walking has gotten a lot better, but it's still deffinitly an issue that I wish could be elminated. I also can't wear "real" tennis shoes.  Since they're so bulky, (well, to me) all they result in is more difficulty in running and the occasional trip to the ground.  I've had the numbness in my feet for two years now and don't really remember what it feels like to have feeling in my feet. But I guess what you don't know (or in this case, remember) won't hurt you!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Its Now or Never

Today I officially started my first "training day." I am so fired up to start this and am excited to begin this journey!

  All I can say is "wow. I have a lot of work to do! And when I finish this run in February it's going to feel amazing."  I started off on the elliptical. After 5 minutes my legs were already aching, but I kept going until I hit at least 10 minutes.  After this, and a little dizziness I knew not to push it too much the first day. I moved on and did a few leg weights and ended the gym trip with a mile on the bike.

I left the gym satisfied with what I did but came to the realization of how hard I am going to have to work in order to accomplish this massive task I have undertaken.   Tonight, I am going to keep working on my flexibility and arm weights. And hopefully, not wake up in the morning completely sore!

He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.
-Isaiah 40:29

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

The Ultimate Challenge

Last night, while on a walk with my Dad, we started talking about the "good old days" and all the victories we use to have in our many sports and competitions. I miss being able to participate in the physical activites and really wanted to change that. It made me remember just how much I missed being able to be active and immerse myself in whatever activity -physical or not- pleased me.  Weeks previously, I had been thinking about the changes and goals I want to set and then, my Dad gave me the Ultimate Challenge.  "Lets run a marrathon in February."