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Only 80 more 5ks!? A thunderous #285th 5K

On this day I had an amazing run in the rain. A portion with my son and the rest of my 285th 5K with the wonderful sound of pouring rain and lightning thunderstorms.  I must admit it seems a little eerie to see only 80 runs left to complete my 1 year goal.

I love the cooling effect on my skin, I love how the sky lights when lightning strikes and then the subsequent booming sound.  I even like dodging the water puddles as they form in my path.  The only thing that I don’t like about running in the rain, is soaking wet shoes.

I’m missing the 8 and 9 minute miles I used to run. At the same time, I’m just thanking God that my body is resilient. https://www.strava.com/activities/544976433/embed/b4afb0a260b682d8c1938110272715c5edc05a92

Soaking wet and loving it!!

 

 

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Consecutive 5K day #247 new shoes?

 

 I had a very quiet night at work, so I was able to feel really good about getting my 5K out of the way right after work.  I’m still running very cautiously as the knees continue to be a cause for concern.

I am also beginning to wonder if it’s time for new shoes?  My Altra’s are starting to show some wear and tear.  I’ll have to check the mileage on them as I know they have to be getting close to needing replacement.  Often times when you continue to run in shoes that need replacing, you can put your body into risk of injury as well.

My run felt pretty good as far as effort.  I’m noticing that my heart rate is running quite high for the effort that I feel I’m putting out. Unless my  heart rate strap is starting to give me incorrect readings, I’m running 175 bpm for a 10min mile.  In contrast, I’m normally in the ballpark of approximately 140 bpm.  This unusually high heart rate at such a slow pace is  sure sign of overtraining and needing a day’s rest.

If this were just regular training stuff I would definitely take a few days off and re-check the heart rate again in a few days on another run.

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Colon Cancer Scare 5K Run day #225

Savoring my ability to run


Today was an emotional day for me.  I’ve been keeping a very personal issue private for several months.  I have been having sporadic rectal bleeding and didn’t know why?  I had been trying to correlate this bleeding to something I ate but couldn’t.  I am one of those weird people that examine my stool on a daily basis.  I don’t touch it or anything, but I don’t just flush and forget  it either.  So to have some blood in the toilet is a very unnerving ordeal.

Then all of a sudden the bleeding increased in volume and frequency.  This increase in bleeding really scared me and I could no longer ignore what was going on.  I began to start thinking I had colon cancer and I began to cry.  I looked up colon cancer on WebMD and I had a few of the symptoms but not all of them.  The symptoms I’m having are of course bleeding and the other is my age of 50 and sex of being a male.  None of the other markers fit, like pain, lethargy, etc.  But, once I had the idea that I had colon cancer in my head, I began to think some very dark thoughts.

 

Sorry for the graphic image, but posting to help others that may be suffering

I headed out for my run as I worked my way through the tears and sadness.  I felt a strange energy as I ran and had my best time outside under the 10min/mile time in a long while.

 

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I gave a desperate text to my friends at Lake Cane and they suggested that it might be hemorrhoids instead.  The reason being the color was bright red versus dark  brown, when I went to the bathroom, it felt like I was never quite finished, not enough fiber in my diet, too low carb, the blood was mucousy and streaky.  When I researched and read the symptoms of hemorrhoids it felt much better to me and I immediately cheered up.

My good friend Sincy, who sadly lost his dad to colon cancer, still insisted that I make an appointment to go get checked out to verify what’s going on.  My appointment is this Tuesday February 16th at 9:30am.  I’m feeling confident that I just have hemorrhoids and not colon cancer.  The bad news, from what I’ve been able to research is the only way to get rid of hemorrhoids is surgery.  I’m sure surgery won’t be any fun, but it’s a far cry from having colon cancer.  The hemorrhoid surgery will put my run streak in some serious jeopardy.  I wonder how long one can suffer with hemorrhoids and not risk their health?

 

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A new route, new sights and sounds 5K #219

 

Something majestic about this tree

 

Enjoying the sun and crisp 55degree air


Today I decided to break things up and run a different route. As I’ve stated before, I get a big boost of energy from running someplace new. A new route takes new alertness to avoid any unforeseen potholes, uneven sidewalks etc. Plus all the new visual stimulation allows my mind a certain level of distraction.  Being distracted just seems to make the run go by really fast.  The weather was a bit chilly at 55 degrees, but the sun was shining so I was still a happy runner.  I didn’t really think about my injuries too much, but also didn’t want to push the pace and risk it.

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Consecutive 5K Day 213 back on the open road

 

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The treadmill sure can spoil you! Now that the ground doesn’t move for me anymore, I’m appreciating the true grit it takes of running on pavement for 200 plus days straight.

This picture captures the exhaustion I feel getting used to running on an immovable ground again.

 

 

 

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Run a 5K everyday for 365 days?

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365 days of running at least 3 miles per day

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I’m not sure why the idea popped in my head?  Maybe it was being inspired by the Ironcowboy’s 50 Ironman triathlons in 50 days?  Maybe it was thinking it would be the missing piece to losing those last few stubborn pounds of fat?  Maybe I just want to see if I could do something consistent for such an extended amount of time.

Setting this goal means carving out 30 minutes a day for myself.  A little more than 30 minutes if you count warm-up and stretching.

My official start date was July 4th https://connect.garmin.com/activity/embed/823536788

This is now day 21

My main concern right now is hip flexor pain.  The only real remedy for hip flexor pain is to stop running for a while.  Not an option, so here we go.  I encountered the hip flexor pain while running 4 miles.  I felt so good running the 4 miles that I decided to stretch the run to 5 miles.  I mean if four is good five has to be better right?  Wrong, the added distance included some rolling hills that was just enough to tweak my hip flexors.  Arrgh, I have not yet learned when to quit.

 

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