Quick update from me. That weight loss, appetite loss, fatigue stuff? By the time we broke up on 8 June I was signed off work after an allergic reaction to some antibiotics. Blood tests showed my salts were way out of whack and I couldn't swallow water or even brush my teeth without retching. Last Wednesday, the school nurse came to my house and took me to the ER. My blood pressure was so low they couldn't even measure it on their machine thing. They gave me i.v. fluids and glucose and diagnosed an ear infection (with complications related to swallowing) and a flare up of the colitis, for which I'd been unable to swallow the pills. So, a week of steroids and antibiotics and I'm on the mend. Thing is the total weight loss in the end was 35 lbs and lots of it lean weight. So I'm slowly gaining strength and can't see me running for quite a while.
Now I can eat again, I'm kind of shovelling in meat & dairy so will probably get steroid weight gain. But hopefully the high protein content will help rebuild wasted muscle.
So that was my drama. I figure that's why my times were static - it seems the ear infection was around for quite some time and acute for 4 or 5 weeks.
Just checking in and only read one page back. Sorry to hear you're not well B2B; try to have a good holiday regardless.
So, no running for me. I felt too poorly. My weight loss during May was 22 lbs! Finally went to a doctor last week and had lots of tests. Turns out I had a kidney infection which would've started as a UTI. I sort of noticed some symptoms back in March but didn't pay them any attention. So, three days of a strong antibiotic and I'm on the mend. Just some control tests to confirm it's gone later this week then it'll be all systems go!
Just popped in with an update - glad to see you're all still running well. I'll be back for real, and running, soon enough.
A little run from me today since it's a bank holiday for Ascension. With a friend, the plan was to run/walk but (a) I don't reallly know how to work that properly and (b) we were too busy gossiping but - and here's the good bit - it felt better than my last run. Probably on account of being outside even though it was spitting rain and kind of cold.
I should have felt rough running because I deserve to be hungover. I went out last night with an expat group and we ended up drinking buckets of margarita. Literally - bucket, straw, you get the picture. So, around midnight, I toddled off to the loos, threw up and kind of couldn't summon up the energy to return to our table. Two of my companions retrieved me and got me & my spaghetti legs to a taxi. This being Finland no-one looked twice at such a tableau. Needless to say I feel well rough today. And with my history, it's kind of indecent for me still to get up to that kind of nonsense.
As for weight loss 4lbs last week, another 2 so far this week bringing my total loss for 3 1/2 weeks to 17 lbs. It can't be healthy. Maybe it's my new meds, maybe the time of year but I'm happy while it lasts. It seems not being able to run is not so damaging as I'd thought it would be.
Well done for finding a compromise Grendel. Someday I might call 7 miles 'easy' but probably not in this lifetime! ;)
I ignored the chiro's orders today and did a horrid 5k - 42 minutes something - with constant dizzy spells and nausea. Oops. I think it was the mysterious 'toxins' that leach out of the muscles when they're put back in their places because it felt kind of like having a fever and a hangover. That lesson's been learnt. The running shoes are staying on the shoe rack till I'm fully repaired.
But, if it's okay I'll stick around to see how you're all doing?
Good to see you back, JR. Sorry there's still no running for you but it's a great view from the injury bench and I brought cake.
I'm still not running but will live with it while I keep getting the results from the chiro treatment. My shoulder is still tender but it feels brand new. I am going to need follow up on my lower back and legs now the shoulder's mending since I can already feel how the changed posture is affecting them. I'm going to look at orthotics too.
The weird thing is that it's somehow harder emotionally and psychologically to get the full movement of the arm back than it ever was losing it.
As for my miraculous weight loss, it'll be slowing now I got used to my new meds. The nausea's gone and I can eat again but only coco pops
I tested my Garmin yesterday on a walk with my friend - we did 5.5k in about 80 minutess and I did pull my hip a bit doing a 'comedy walk' then had to do 'comedy high kicks' to work out the kink. My poor friend was pretending not to know me but has asked if, once I can run, she can run with me. I'm thinking to do run/walk, maybe look up the couch to 5k program. It won't do me any harm if I keep my regular 5k runs going and might end up with me having a running buddy.
I'm still hoping to do my 10k on the 27th but am only cautiously optimistic. I can see how running before the legs are 'rebalanced' could be unwise.