At times, I was so tired and sick that weeks turned into months of house/bedrest. My muscles had atrophy and I was so out of shape. My doctor told me to just walk to the street and back to start with. It just takes time. You have some time to start walking just a little at a time and who knows? You just might make a mile or even two. The walks are not usually timed and it should be really laid back. At our walk in April, some patients were in wheelchairs and had people behind them pushing. It was an inspirational day and better than I thought it would be.
It's tough when you look back a reflect on what you used to be or even what you could have been, but for Lupus and Sjogrens. I really encourage you to go and enjoy the day with your family. I did a walk for the first time this year and it was amazing to see parents and other families dealing with so much, but taking time out to participate. It really helped my parents to be around others with loved ones struggling. Our walks in the past did not have many people and I did not know about
them until this year. Your walk might be small for a first walk, but important all the same. It's fall and it won't be so hot.
I have never been able to run, but I enjoy light hand weights at home, the gym, Bodyflow classes and walking on the treadmill. Sometimes I go in there crawling and stay a few minutes just for effort and most days it is just getting started and then I am always glad that I went. I have terrible osteoporosis and much muscle loss from inactivity and steriod use for nine years. I needed Forteo a daily shot for the osteo. and I begged my doctor to let me try a program again with Fosamax. I am starting to see results and that is a huge bonus! I had always enjoyed excercise in the past and I trust you did as well if you ran half marathons! Wow.
If you just can't walk, maybe just go and take a picnic. Don't forget to take pictures! Enjoy the day.