Going the distance

Life is like a long distance run. Most of the time you're looking forward, but occasionally you look back at what you've covered… You know there will be obstacles throughout the journey - but deep down, you know you can handle anything that comes your way. Most importantly... you keep putting one foot in front of the other and let 'NOTHING' stand in your way!!!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Decaf Wins

So now into day four of the decaf therory. The headache has subsided. I have completed my second 3 mile run of the week. The odd part is my legs feel like I have never ran that far before.

Both legs feel like I did a squat work out at the boot camp. I have decided tomorrow will bring on an attempt at 6+, Feeling I was at a 10 mile long run before I was hit with this balance issue.

I have also taken myself off of ALL pain blockers for now. Could it be I had relied on IbP for so long I just never felt any discomfort. I just continued to push harder and harder each day. If it feels good your not working hard enough.

My eyes are on the prize of Hinson Lake. How far will I go. 50,75,100. Only time will tell. For now time to work out the training schedule and prepare for the distance.

Gotta run. . .

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Back to the Real World

Through a conversation with my wife, is there a normal? It has been nice having time off from work but I must get my head strait, and move on.

My wife's biggest fear is am I clear to drive. I believe I'm good. Obviously we cant let the what ifs control our life. We would never get anything done.

I intend to listen to all who I have discussed my vertigo with. It's amazing how many people suffer with this. The two most common solutions are low salt diet, and a neck adjustment. I have not been to see my Chiropractor this week, hope he has some input on it.

There is also the pending question about my heart. I don't believe its an issue that is tied to my vertigo. I will try to push up my appointment for the stress test to rule out any issues. Mentally my mind will be focused on this until I get the clear from a cardiologist. Having one friend drop during a run is evidence enough for me to get checked out.

I will start back on the run Monday, I have not decided on a route distance or pace as of yet. More than likely it will be my training route with the Free runners at Toby Creek. I have no set goal until September so this is the reset button my body needed.

Obviously prayer will take a big part in my recovery. I am thankful for the many friends I have that are praying for me. I find it hard to ask for prayers for myself. However I know By his stripes we are healed. Being Rescued is why He died on the cross for us.

For now it's time to focus on rebuilding my head, knowing I can't focus on the what if. I need to pick a focal point, set a goal and go for it.

Two more days, then I can say Run Hojo Run!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Spin out.

OK so admittedly I have been burning the candle at both ends. Working 50+ hours per week, sleeping at most 6 hours per night, and attempting to maintain a average of 35 mile a week. Add to that training a few runners to meet their goals, using my work lunch hour to run 3-4 miles.
The beginning of April things were catching up. A attempt to change shoes. NB Minimus, not quite a zero drop but close. Only halfway heeding the warnings to take the transition slow.
With no real set immediate goal, running haphazardly with no plans. Keeping myself ready to sign up for a half marathon at any time and within 4 weeks of a potential marathon.
Monday April 4/12 I did a am run of about 4.5 miles at a 8.5 pace. Good quality run. Came home worked the yard most of the day. Back to the park at 6pm for another 5.5 on the trails. Both in the Minimus. Both runs came off smooth, the second had a few issues on the up hills. But flew on the flats and downs. I get out of the car at home and my knee locks up. I spend the rest of the week stretching and dosing with IbP to bring the swelling down.

Wednesday I do a quick 3 on my lunch, and Thursday I decide to see what I've got in the tank after work. This turns into a 10. Miles 8-9 I got my runners high and felt like I had no legs.

Due to weather, family schedule and now some calf tightness I decide 3 days off. Roll and stick the calf over the weekend.
Monday 4/19 Out of work at 5:15 and drive like mad to get to Reedy on time. I chow down on a banana, half bag of corn nuts and about 20oz of water. I get to the park in time, change and run the parking lot to see how the calf will hold. Tight when I walk but nothing when I run.

We make small talk and I struggle with my hearing aid to work in the left. I put the ear bud in my right. Crank up the play list and were off. Stop half mile in to use the rest room and fill the water. Off again, I take the lead all the way to the rock house. We do the back loop of the house an I let out a howling coyote yelp! I always rest a minute and wait for the group. The two I was with headed out. I decided this would be a good time to grab some GU. I get running tear open my gel, and go to wash it down and BAM!!! EVERYTHINGSTATRTSSPINNING? I went to the ground, I kept as calm as you can I started yelling for help. I pulled myself up yelling again for help. Knowing I'm on the rock house trail at 7pm if I pass out here who will find me?

I started stumbling trying to find a center. Finally I see a dog walker, he's watching me from a distance. I tell him it was me yelling and I think I'm having a vertigo attack. I'm not sure of the conversation but I ask him to help stay with me. We get to a trail split and I ask him what way to the parking lot. I don't know how close he stayed with me at that point. He asked if i was with friends, I just kept walking. I found a center focal point and in fear I would start spinning kept going forward. At this point my thoughts were clearing up. A few prayers and a check of my heart rate. I started passing others and my center was getting better.

My heart rate was still hovering at 100 when I reached the car. I put both hearing aids in and waited for the group to return. My head was still not balanced enough to drive and my heart rate was not dropping as fast as I wanted.

About 10 minutes later Josh arrives the first one back. I let him know what happened. I started feeling better so I decided to drive home.


I wake up feeling fine, so I go to work. Everything is going good until about 10am. I'm taking notes and BAM! things start spinning again. I grab the shelf and work to get my center. I make it to the office and things are getting better.

OK maybe its time to see the doctor. I make the ENT appointment. Hearing test first. My right ear previously known as the good ear, has dropped another 20Db. Now the doctor is attempting to piece together my issue. Two solutions are let it balance itself out the other is steroids and sedatives.

I decided to take the natural approach. His prescription "Do Nothing for the next 5 days." No lifting, staining, working, running.


I make the appointment to see my family doctor. Can you say disappointing. He does a EKG and a basic exam. never looks at my ears. And suggest I get a stress test and see a cardiologist. My EKG looks like the last two I have had. His thoughts are it all has to do with my ears. But see the cardiologist and get the stress test. It must not be a big issue since the appointment is 3 weeks away.

You would think doing nothing is easy. As I look around If I'm off from work I would rather be doing something. I have never been taken out of work by a doctor. In 10 years I've only taken a few sick days. My body feels great other than the fear of a dizzy spell.

Her is what I found on the net that relates to my issues. Hopefully this rest resolves the issue. My biggest fear is to be driving and get have a vertigo attack.


Basicly says I have rocks in my head and I knocked them loose.

Id say time to run, however the Doc. says a few more days.