I have a dream.... to run!

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mamanan
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   Posted 11/7/2008 11:44 AM (GMT -7)   
I quit smoking 5 years ago (it will be 5 years December 5th). Since then, I have wanted to run. Not counting lack of motivation to get up at 5am to train, I have never done it. Walking with the kids is more of a stroll, and I can't leave the house when the babies were sleeping, of course. And liek i said, I wasn't getting up at 5am to go run while dh was home. So his uncle just brought us over their old treadmill, and now I can see the dream closer. Dh and I also have a bet going. He needed help to get motivated to exercise, so I challenged him to get his competitiveness to help things along. He is a newly diagnosed diabetic, and is on metformin and glybuderide. He is finally starting to listen to me about hte carbs, adn if he can get exercising, maybe he can start to control his sugar better without the meds. He wants to get off the metformin b/c he heard that it can cause heart problems down the road. So whoever loses the most percentage of body weight by Christmas gets a prize. I'm not sure what I want yet, maybe the Wii Fit, or Wacom tablet for the computer.

Anyway... I'm rambling. Yesterday I only went for 10 minutes. I alternated between a fast walk and running for a minute. In 10 minutes, I had travelled .6 miles (I think the machine is in miles, but coudl be kms.) I had to stop, my legs hurt so bad, and I was completely winded. Today, I tackled it a different way. I went 30 minutes, including cooldown, but all at a fast walk, and travelled 1.78 miles. I put on a sweat, but wasn't even breathign hard. I had moments when my feet, ankles adn shins hurt, and also my hips, but I pushed through it. But just for the fun of it, I tried a jog at the same pace. OMG, the pain stopped me in my tracks. I instantly had shin splints adn severe pain in my knee (not even my bad one that I wear a brace for). I suppose it was the difference between high adn low impact. I'm going to go invest in a really good pair of shoes, adn talk to my doctor when I see him next week about the best way to tackle this. But I'm starting to wonder if training will help at all? I mean, will fibro jut plain prevent me from running? I want to run in the breast cancer 'run for a cure' next year. That is my goal.
Waiting for appointment with rheumy (March 2009) to get an official dx. waiting, waiting, waiting....
Taking malic acid/magnesium combo, what a life saver! and amitriptyline


MT Lady
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   Posted 11/7/2008 1:11 PM (GMT -7)   
I don't think anyone can tell you what your body can handle. One thing is for certain, it is VERY important to warm up and warm down, for everyone, but especially for those with FMS. Your hamstrings will be aching for days if you try to just break into a run, not to mention shin splints. From personal experience, 20 years of FMS and I've been an avid walker for all of those years, I do better at a moderate pace. On days when I'm feeling really good and I go for a 3 to 4 mile walk at a fairly brisk pace, I usually pay for it the next few days, but that is me. I'm 57 years old. Definitely talk to your doc and keep a daily record of what you are doing, whether it is walking or running, and then how you feel that day and the next. That will probably be your best approach.
Good luck

Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, scoliosis, microdiskectomy C5/C6, bulging disks L3/L4, compressed nerve L5/S1, disc compression L5/S1, IBS, hypothyroidism (now FINALLY well controlled) Also angioplasty, and angiogram, high bp, well controlled, high chol, now normal, well controlled

 


Statgeek
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   Posted 11/7/2008 4:30 PM (GMT -7)   

Good luck mamanan.  I want to walk in the breast cancer walk.   I am too new to fibromyalgia to know if you can train or not.  But I do know to take it easy and not try to do too much at once.  I say to do what your body can handle and see if you can increase your running ability and endurance.  Maybe you did too much the first time. 

Sue


donnaeil
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   Posted 11/7/2008 5:53 PM (GMT -7)   
I think you can train and get up to speed. However, you did not mention stretching. You may need to stretch for 1/2 and hour before you run and a few minutes after.

I find that spending time warming up for my swim is important so I spend ;the first 15 minutes or so doing a slow dog paddle. After that I swim a little harder for another 15 minutes, next I will stick on my training fins (the ones real athletes use for leg control) and get a 1/2 hour legs only workout. From then I just swim and stretch as desired.

Before stopping however, I will stretch again.

In my case I am 54 and have fibor and cfids. It sounds as if you are younger.

What I do know is that it takes longer to feel better after an injury, no matter how minor, due to fibro.

I plan to swim in the open water part of a triathlon next year. Maybe you can do the running part and we can find a biker for the other. lol

Keep running if you can. It is far more difficult to add on an exercise habit after age forty. Do it now and enjoy.

Donnaeil

mamanan
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   Posted 11/7/2008 6:27 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the encouragement. If I can condition my legs a bit, then maybe I can do it. I certainly have the drive right now! I didn't do any stretching, but I did warm up for about 2 minutes at a slow walk. Not good enough huh? I find that walking isn't much of an ordeal for me anyway b/c I do so much of it at work, and I've always been a fast walker.

Donnaeil, that is a huge workout that you do! I know I coudln't do it. Good for you for doing part of the triathalon, that is very impressive. I've swam in lakes, adn it is much harder than pools. btw, I'm a little younger than you. I'll be 40 in April, good thing I'm starting my new routine now! lol

Thanks for the replies :)
Waiting for appointment with rheumy (March 2009) to get an official dx. waiting, waiting, waiting....
Taking malic acid/magnesium combo, what a life saver! and amitriptyline

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