Aug 30, 2012
Aug 29, 2012
Between my stomach being upset because of antibiotics, painkillers making me drowsy, waking up in the middle of the night with searing ear pain and dizziness and general nausea and dizziness most of my waking hours and not being able to walk for more than few minutes without the world spinning, let alone run - I feel completely out sorts and blech...you know?
I wanted to take a moment to acknowledge all the kind comments on my last post and the photos and I have a longer post that was meant to follow that one but it is still ruminating in my vertigo fogged brain but I'll get to it at some point, I promise.
I'm skipping running again tonight but I want to get back to my Clinic tomorrow night. I have two 10Ks scheduled for the Fall and I need to be ready.
That's it from me for now.
Aug 26, 2012
Comparing today to Dec 2007.
191 to 250+
Aug 25, 2012
Today I went to meet my friend Tina and her dog, Sadie, so we could do a hike at Mount Nemo. This is a nice hike, beautiful scenery, challenging trails climbing over rocks and tree roots in the trail and a lot of uphill. I love it! We ended up doing a not easy 3.5k and worked up quite a sweat. This wasn’t the trail I was thinking of yesterday when I said it was easy!
I didn’t have any vertigo while hiking but my ear kept popping as we were quite high on the escarpment and the popping felt like stabbing in my head.
Then I came home, showered, went out for groceries, had a nap and got all pretty to have a girls’ night out, and then just as I was waiting for her to pick me up, she called to cancel. After the hair, the make up, the heels….actually I was very disappointed, I was looking forward to a grown up night out. As the evening wore on I got more disappointed and found myself truly missing having a car for the first time since I’ve not had one (beginning of June). I just wanted to escape. My ear was hurting pretty bad so I knew I shouldn’t run and although I tossed around the idea of a walk, I didn’t feel like going out alone. So, I did something I’ve not done since I was a teenager – I lay on my bed and listened to 80’s love songs.
Going to make myself a quick dinner and then call it an early night I think.
Aug 24, 2012
I mentioned yesterday that I had earaches and felt off all day and a few days before I had some vertigo while going up and down the Wentworth stairs. Thank you for all your kind messages and concern on those two posts.
Last night, the pain in my ears was so severe that just my hair brushing against them was agony. Crazy, right?
I got very little sleep last night and I was popping Tylenol every three hours and it was not touching the pain. When I finally got up this morning and saw myself in the mirror I almost screamed. My right ear was twice its normal size and red and hot to touch, and the whole side of my face looked swollen and red. It looked like a rubber cartoon ear stuck to the side of my head. The lobe was so swollen that I couldn’t even see the diamond stud I always wear. I couldn’t turn my head because my neck was so stiff and even opening my mouth to talk caused my ears to scream in more pain.
I went right away to the Walk In Clinic and as soon as the doctor saw me he said I had “swimmer’s ear”. Then he did his exam to confirm it. Swimmer’s ear is normally caused by lake water, pool water or ocean water getting in the ear and causing an infection because of the bacteria in the water. I haven’t been swimming.
He said in the last 10 years or so they have also seen many cases of athletes who wear headphones while working out get swimmer’s ear because sweat drips in their ears and is trapped and pushed further into the ear canal by the ear buds. Yes, that would be me, folks. I thought I was imagining it when I felt sweat dripping into my ears, but apparently not.
The good thing is, this is fairly easy to treat. Antibiotics, drops and in my case some pain killers because I was feeling both stabbing and throbbing simultaneously. He said there is a marginally higher concern because I also have diabetes and this condition in uncontrolled diabetics can take a long time to heal and the infection could spread. Since my diabetes is very well controlled (A1C between 0.06 and 0.07), its not really a huge worry but he wants me to go back in a week just to check the infection is gone, or back in two days if it gets worse or does not dramatically improve. He said not to run, climb stairs, roller blade, bike, drive or do anything requiring balance for the next 48 hours as the drops can also cause some vertigo until the inflammation goes down.
Well I can tell you as soon I left that office, I took one of the painkillers and antibiotics and did the drops when I got home. Within 40 minutes my ear was back to it’s normal size, although still red and hot, the pain has diminished to a minor pulsing and I was able to turn my head and talk without pain.
Today is my tenth day of no rest and my original plan was to walk to the stairs, go down, and alternate running/walking 1k at a time to the 3k mark and back and then up the stairs and walk home. Since that wasn’t a good idea today, I went for a walk with my friend Guenther to Albion Falls which is at the other end of the Escarpment Trail that I have been doing the last week. We did a 5km out and back but spent the first 20 min or so just walking around looking at the falls from various angles.
The trail is 8.5km from end to end and I have it in my head that I want to walk it starting from the bottom of the stairs to the falls and back.
Tomorrow the plan is to go hiking at Mount Nemo and although it has a little bit of rough terrain, its mostly easy paths so I think I’ll be ok.
Aug 23, 2012
I also developed blisters on the inside heel of my foot, at the bottom of my foot, isn’t that a weird place? I think they are from my orthotics so I’m going to give them a break for the next couple of days and let the blisters heal.
Today was my Running Room Clinic class – I am not sure who thought it was a good idea to put the practice and the clinic back to back for the 10k clinic…but that’s how it is. We were scheduled to run 6k on a trail behind McMaster University. I love, love, love, these trails.
I ran a trail last night as well and I think because it was a trail I was able to run so far without my knees/calves hurting. I don’t think I would have been able to go that far on asphalt or concrete. I didn’t write anything about last night’s run because I was exhausted when I got home and all I wanted was a hot shower, something to eat and bed. But as a quick recap, the run was good, I felt strong and I actually ran past the point I was supposed to turn around and didn’t realise it until one of the other runners told me. I did 10/1 the entire way and did not need any extra walk breaks. I won’t say it was easy but I felt better than I did the night before and it didn’t seem as hard as I was expecting it to be. My only mistake was to not do a cool down walk at the end like I normally do, I was getting a ride home and I didn’t want to keep the driver waiting, so I ran right to the store and stopped and just did a few minutes of stretching.
Anyway, back to tonight’s run. Thursday nights are my favourite because I get to run with someone, as in alongside, not just at the back of a group. It’s nice to have someone to talk to, it makes the run go quicker and Melissa is so inspiring that I always feel so much better after running with her.
The run itself did not go so well. We walked probably 1/3 of it. It just seemed hard. Both Melissa and I were having trouble with calf pain and being able to keep a steady pace. The trail was beautiful though and the weather was nice. In the end we did 5.55km including warm up. We did a cool down walk but it’s not in the Nike+ data.
Aug 22, 2012
Aug 21, 2012
7.4 km total.
Tonight was hard. My legs felt like lead weights even during the first interval. Going down the stairs was hard, there were a lot of people running up and down, these are narrow stairs and made of steel so when people run you have stop and go right against the railing to let them pass and the stairs shake. Several times I felt dizzy going down.
From the stairs I went to the Escarpment Trail and ran in to the 2km mark, turned around and ran back to the stairs. Running from 2km to 4km was better because its a gradual downhill incline and I thought my legs had finally worked themselves out.
The stairs were even more busy going up and I had to stop at every major landing, about 40 steps because I was getting vertigo and at one point I thought I was going to fall over. By the time I got to the top, my legs were jelly and I had to sit on the bench for about 5 minutes.
I still wasn`t feeling well and I wondered if my blood sugar was low so I walked to Tim Horton`s which was closer than home and got a small chocolate milk and then walked home very slowly so my pace is all over the place for this workout.
Tomorrow night is the practice run at my running clinic and we`re supposed to do 7k. Wish me luck because if my legs are anything like tonight, it`s going to suck.
Streetlights were on before 8pm.
This trail is marked every 500m.
Aug 20, 2012
Aug 19, 2012
I am proud of this week. I decided to take a page from Norma’s book and have no rest days this week. I missed Tuesday because I was out with friends and didn’t get home until after 10 pm and since I get up at 5 am it was time for bed when I got home.
Mon-Fri I walk 4km almost every day on my lunch hour but its not strenuous or sweat inducing as I have to go back to work so although it’s activity, I don’t count it as weight-loss activity, it’s more of a stress-break and to stretch my legs after sitting for so long. I don’t use my Nike app to record those walks.
I’m going to continue this coming week with doing something; running, walking and/or the Wentworth Stairs every day. I want this coming week to top last week.
I never used to use my Nike+ to count walking, or warm up or cool down or the stairs because it screws up the average pace, but now I don’t care, I like seeing the accumulation of the kilometers and see that I am going further.
The only two complaints I have about Nike+ is that it doesn’t have an interval timer (I was saying to my friend Melissa the other night that if there was a learn to run or coaching program in the app then I would just use that as my timer, just pick the 10/1 weeks and repeat) and it doesn’t differentiate between biking, running and walking – which other apps do, like Adidas MiCoach and Endomondo, and others I can’t recall right now. Nike is elitist for runners only!!! It’s a bit annoying as most people don’t start out running 5k non stop, you know?
Today I walked about 3km to and from my friends' house to borrow their car so I could do my monthly Costco run and while I was there, another friend called to ask me if I wanted to borrow her car to do my errands. I am so blessed and fortunate to have these people in my life.
While I was out I stopped at Value Village (thrift store for my American readers) to get some black pants for work. The ones I have now are size 16s and 18s and falling off me. I have some size 14 pants but they are not dressy enough for interviews and I have size 14 capris, also not suitable for interviews. I have an interview tomorrow and I think I will have to wear my pencil skirt with my jacket because I didn’t find any pants that fit properly. Size 14s fit around the waist but were way too baggy in the butt/hips/thighs and size 12s were way too small in the waist but fit ok everywhere else. I hate being in between sizes. I just bought size 14s and 16s in the Spring thinking they would fit til next year because I lose so slowly, I don’t need new clothes every few months. But now the 16s are too big and most of the 14s are a little baggy which doesn’t bother me unless I want to ‘dress to impress’.
Then tonight I went with Guenther to Hamilton Beach and did a total of 7km.
- Walk – 0.5 km warm up
- Run – 5.5 km (10/1)
- Walk – 1 km cool down
Tomorrow I’m aiming for a total run of 6 km plus warm up/cool down. My Running Clinic group will be at 7 km on Thursday so I’d like to be as close as possible to that.
Aug 18, 2012
Actually it was more like…
- Run 1 km
- Walk 0.5 km
- Run 0.5 km
- Down the Wentworth Stairs
- Walk 1 km
- Run 1 km
- Up the Wentworth Stairs
- Walk 1 km
My legs were still really tired and heavy feeling from the last few days so I decided that although I did want to do something today, I didn’t want to run 5k or more again.
My GPS cut out at the top of the stairs so the route map and the km count is a little off.
Other random pics from my little outing.
Aug 17, 2012
Aug 16, 2012
Then Melissa and I decided to conquer the Wentworth Stairs. We drove to my apartment building and walked over to the stairs, about an 8 minute walk, then went all the way down 498 stairs and then came all the way back up 498 stairs, then walked home.
We're going to do it again next week. Partly we are training for the CN Tower Climb in October, which is 1741 stairs, over three times what we did tonight!
Aug 15, 2012
Aug 13, 2012
pound the pavement
- (idiom) To travel on foot; to walk or run.
- The joggers pounded the pavement for several miles each day.
- (idiom) To campaign diligently; to seek something, such as business, employment, or answers.
- After a brief and unsuccessful search, he decided it was time to start pounding the pavement.
Funnily enough this idiom fits both my situations today.
Firstly, today was another craptastic day in the saga of my work situation and I was irrationally angry at the situation and had to fight myself all day not to blow up at the people involved or burst into tears of frustration.
I had a great text conversation with my friend Melissa today that pulled me out of my own head and gave me some much needed motivation and inspiration.
When the day was over, as I sat on the subway, then the train, then the bus on my way home, I told myself to go for a run when I got home. I kept telling myself, "As soon as you get home, get changed and go. Try the new shoes with the orthotics. Just do it. Don't think about it. Just do it." I must have repeated it a thousand times but it worked. As soon as I got home, I said hello to Liam, changed into my running kit and new shoes with orthotics and off I went. It was cloudy and drizzling off and on and so humid, but I don’t mind the rain so I kept going. I should have taken water though, the humidity was horrible and I was sweating just from my warm up walk.
There’s a reason the chiropodist said to start slow with the shoes. An easy 2-3 k the first time he said, don’t push it.
I managed 2.63k plus another 1k warm up and 1k cool down walk before my feet and calves were just too sore to continue and I hadn’t run at all since last Sunday morning. I’m sure its the orthotics that were causing the pain. Good things I noticed about the orthotics though, I was landing more naturally mid-sole and my right foot did not turn out at all the way it usually does. I would say the downside was that I didn’t feel any spring or bounce in my step and the soles of my shoes felt hard rather than cushy like I’m used to.
|Nike Stats||Post-Run “glow”. Running is not an attractive look for me!|
Pictures from my mountaintop
Skies threatening to open up
Secondly, I am still job hunting, so if any of you, my lovely followers, are recruiters for the Hamilton / Toronto area or you know a recruiter, please contact me to exchange info.