February 28, 2005

Getting close to 6 miles

I was able to run today and completed my 5.4 mile course. My wakeup HR was down to 53. I felt ok at the beginning but a bit tired at the end -- not bad for being off 9 days. The temperature was 40F when I left with a 6-8 mph head wind. By the time I finished the wind had gone down a bit.

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February 26, 2005

Wakeup HR zoomed up due to treatments for skin cancers

I haven't run at all during the past week. On Feb 17th I was treated for 31 skin blemishes. About 5-6 were scraped so a biopsy could be performed (the biopsy just came back and they were Basal Cell cancers, not the dangerous kind), and the rest were frozen with liquid nitrogen (like a steady stream for 4-8 seconds). My resting HR went up to 56-58 and has been there during the week (in mid-week it went up to 60). I've felt tired, so I've just rested this week. I'd like to run on Monday if I feel stronger.

Also contributing to the high HR during the week was a night of only 5 hours sleep due to a late night trip to the hospital ER to have two or three of the frozen blemishes treated -- they were getting infected, and we were worried the infection could spread through out my body (we learned that the infection was local and not much of a concern). And, I have a slight cold and cough that came after the treatment for the 31 blemishes.

The next few months won't be good for my running. On the 21st of March (may be changed to the 28th), I'll have surgery for two hernias. I had a hernia operation in the mid 80s and couldn't run for six weeks. Then during April I'll have surgery for the 5-6 skin cancers that were scraped. So, I'll just take it day by day and do the best I can; at least I'm still alive :)

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February 21, 2005

Rest day today due to reactions to skin cancer treatments

Oh Oh, my wakeup HR rate is up to 56 this morning. That is a big jump and is probably due to my skin cancer treatments last Thursday. Too bad, because I was looking forward to another good run this morning. Instead, I'm taking a rest day.

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February 20, 2005

February 19, 2005

A great run today

A great 5.4 mile run today. I skipped my run on Wednesday and took an extra rest day. I felt a bit tired before and after my run on Monday and during the day on Tuesday, so I took the extra rest day Wednesday. I felt fine today. The temperature was 39F when I left, and the was about a 5 mph wind blowing. It rained during the night and the ground was wet.

My wakeup HR was 52.

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February 14, 2005

Finally back to my pre-accident mileage

Today is the day I've been waiting for for 6 months. Today I ran the distance I was running before my auto accident on May 19. Two months and three weeks off from running while I was in the hospital and receiving home therapy. Six months plus two days to build my mileage from 1/8 mile on August 12, 2004 to 5.4 miles today. I think that is pretty good for an old geezer who had to learn to walk after leaving intensive care.

I added 11% today to make my run 5.4 miles. I was a bit more tired today than last week, but I made it through the run and felt ok during and at the end. My wakeup HR was 52. The temperature was in the middle 40s. When I left there was a 10 mph wind, but when I finished there was only a 3 mph breeze.

February 12, 2005

A light snow during my run

It was snowing lightly during my run. The temperature was in the low 30s. The streets and sidewalks were warm, and the snow melted upon contact with the ground. I enjoyed the run, although I felt a bit more tired than I did on Thursday. My wakeup HR was 49 again.

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February 10, 2005

I run and the horses eat...

I did it! I finally remembered to take carrots to the two horses that I visit during my run. I usually pick a handful of grass, but the ground is covered with snow and I took carrots today.

Nice running day and nice 4.8 mile run. My wakeup HR was 52. It went up because two nights ago I only got 4-5 hours sleep due to waking up with a stomach ache. I usually don't get stomach aches, and I think it was something I ate.

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February 7, 2005

Snow last night

Today I added 14% to my run to make 4.8 miles. I had planned to run to 4.7 miles, but the corner of the block was close, and I ran to the corner. I felt fine during the run and afterwards (so far, at least). We had about 3" of snow last night, but the temperature during my run was in the high 30s and low 40s. A nice day to be out.

My wakeup HR was 52. I'm just about over my cold. My mucus is very thick and yellow

I'm really looking forward to next week's runs. If all goes well this week, I'll add another half mile on Monday of next week to put me up to 5.3 miles, my pre-accident mileage. On Wednesday of next week, I'll run that distance for the second time and be at the exact point in my distance where I was prior to the accident. Six months and a week of running to get back to where I was. I think that is pretty good progress for an old geezer...

If all continues to go well, I should be up to 7 miles in a month. At that point I'll level off for a month and then add a 4th day, starting at a half mile or so. I'll keep my heavy day at 7 miles and bring the light day up to 3.5 miles.

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February 5, 2005

What a day!

Today was the day to beat all days! 54F when I left on my run, a 5 mph breeze, lots of sun, beautiful clouds, and a horse that needed some grass. Great to be alive and outdoors.

It was a good running day, too. I ran my 3rd time for 4.2 miles. Next week if I feel good, I'll add half a mile. I checked my pace for the run and it was about 11.5 min/mile. That is just a bit slower than before my accident but faster than a month ago. In two weeks I'll have my distance up to my pre-accident distance. I've really had a good recovery during the past six months, and I'm grateful to the many people who were involved in caring for me, and to the Lord for giving me more time on this wonderful world!

I passed two kids about 7 or 8 years old. Both kids were on roller blades. The young had a dog on a leash that was pulling her. Her brother came along on his own power. When I got to them I said, "I'll race you to the corner". They laughed but didn't take me up on it (the corner was only 20 feet away).

My wakeup HR was 53 this morning (54 yesterday). I missed a run in the middle of the week because I had a slight cold. On Tuesday morning I was scheduled to report for jury duty. I woke up that morning after three hours sleep and couldn't get back to sleep (I do that when I'm under perceived stress due to an appointment in the morning). I was ok during the morning jury selection (I wasn't selected), but during the afternoon my nose started to drip. I took two days off work and rested. I was back to work yesterday, and my nose was almost dried up and was in the "thick" stage. I felt fine this morning.