Sunday, October 20, 2013

Beautiful Sunday Run/Walk

beautiful weeds !

11 miles today,  after a 5k last night, led me to a run/walk approach.  I would say mostly running the first half, and mostly walking the 2nd half.  I'm cool with that......the most important part was that I was out enjoying an absolutely beautiful day here in the South.  Growing up, spring was my favorite season, but now, as I've aged a little, and have long ago given up my "sun goddess" ways of hours and hours of tanning at the beach, fall is my new favorite season.  

If your curious about the 5k - my slowest time in years (25:07).   So this year, I had my faster 5k ever,  and my slowest 5k in years.   1 month of injury healing(= zero fitness), followed by 3.5 months of easy running, a little yoga,  and a little gym,  and what cha get is a slow 5k.
It's the new me !   :) :) 

To get you up to date, in June, I found out that I had one leg that was 1 1/2 inches longer than the other, which created hip and back issues.  I think that has been resolved through chiropractic care,  and muscle strengthening exercises.   Soon after the injury, I had routine labs to find out I had/have low iron,  and some thyroid issues (hypothyroidism).  I have implemented some major diet changes, and the obvious low volume, low intensity training,  and my recent labs showed some improvement.   I'm working on a strict diet with hopes of avoiding meds.  It may be that I need meds eventually for the thyroid, but I want to be sure that I have tried all avenues before that step.    This will take several months, possibly 1-2 years time. 

It has occurred to me that my years of intense training have not been kind to my body.   So currently my focus in on my health.  no chasing PRs for a while.......  In "some ways", I'm enjoying the laziness of "low key" running.

this week we are predicted to have nice weather all week.  lows in the upper 40s or low 50s and highs in the low to mid 70s.  Perfect !  Happy Me !

today's photos

In my yard today - 10-21-13


HappyTrails said...

You live in such a beautiful area!
And it is OK to step back and allow yourself to be "lazy" - we know you are not being truly lazy! But sometimes our bodies and minds need some low intensity, low miles to allow us to heal and lay a fresh and solid foundation to get back to hard training, IF you so desire later. You may enjoy just having fun running "just because". OR - those competitive juices might start flowing once the body is recharged. Either way is A-OK! :-)

Gracie said...

I am hypothyroid, too (secondary to surgery to remove a tumor) and, while I managed it meds-free for a long time, I eventually gave in. I was experiencing too many other hormone imbalances: my estrogen was so low that I was having chronic nosebleeds. So just keep an eye on your labs. Good luck! Glad you are doing better and have your injury conquered now!

Anonymous said...

LOVE all the pictures, it looks soo gorgeous!! I hope you will soon feel better and you can start chasing your PR's again :)

Tyrone Vanwagoner said...

2013 was definitely a memorable year for you. You achieved some of your goals. It’s just disappointing that your injury got you behind your game. But thanks to proper treatment, chiropractic care, and muscle strengthening exercises, you were able to recover quickly. I hope you’re feeling better now.

Tyrone @ US Health Works, Redmond Center

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