November 23, 2005

Just had gall bladder surgery

Well, I'm off of running for a few days. During the past three weeks I've been having stomach cramps about 3-4 hours after eating. The cramps would go away after another 3-4 hours. The magnitude's of the pain slowly increased during the three weeks, and they began occurring more often. Last Friday evening the pain was very painful, and on Monday evening the pain was even worse.

I went to Cottonwood hospital and had my gall bladder removed. The doctor said it was in bad shape, all crusted, and he had a hard time getting it out. I spent last night in the hospital and came home today. I'm supposed to get a lot of rest during the next few days. I can walk but not run for a couple of weeks. I feel much better now, although I have some shoulder pain from the carbon dioxide gas they put in my stomach cavity to push the organs apart. I haven't had pain in the three small incisions that were made.

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November 19, 2005

Stomach pains and taking a rest week

This week is a rest week. I haven't felt very well all week. I took a sick day on Monday because I was weak with little energy. On Wednesday evening at work I started feeling cold. I put on a wool sweater but couldn't get warm. After my half-an-hour drive home, I had a sharp pain in my stomach. The next morning I took some oxygenated water to kill any germs that might be causing the stomach pain and went to work on Thursday and Friday. I've been taking the oxygenated water each day since then, and the pain is gone this morning. The pain was gone yesterday morning but came back in the afternoon. I took the oxy water last night and had no pain during the night. I took some this morning and have had no pain so far. Besides killing germs, the oxy water helps restore the body ph to a more neutral value.

My wakeup HR on Monday was 65+, but it came down to 55+ for the rest of the week. Yesterday is was 58, still higher than my normal 50.

I think my problem this week is that I've pushed too much in increasing my distance, and my body finally had to tell me to back off. I'm going to level off at 10 miles for a month or so to get used to that, and then I'll slowly increase my Saturday run up to 15 miles. I just have to give my body more time to adjust.

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November 12, 2005

Did 12 miles again

My wakeup HR was 52, and my body felt pretty good during and after the run. Earlier in the week, and also last week, both of my legs tightened up during the run. Today, however, only my right leg tightened up. I walked/jogged the last three miles to avoid the possibility of injury due to the tight muscles. The fact that my left leg didn't tighten is a good sign that my body is adjusting to the distance.

It had rained during the night, and when I left there was still a slight drizzle. However, after about half an hour the rain stopped. The sky, though, remained cloudy until the last half an hour of the run.

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November 9, 2005

Tired but finished 12

My wakeup HR was 53, and I felt a bit tired as I walked around the house. During my 30 situps I could tell I was tired a bit. I made a small reduction in my running and ran 12.4 miles instead of the 12.8 miles I ran on Monday. A contractor had dug a large trench across the canal road to put in a big pipe, and I had to backtrack a bit, probable about 1/4 mile extra due to that. I walked the last 1/3 mile to compensate for that extra quarter mile. The 1/3 mile was not part of the 12.4 miles that I ran. My pace going out was my normal 11+ and coming back was 13+ minutes/mile.

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November 7, 2005

Added distance and did 12.8

I increased my mileage to 12.8 and had a nice run. I felt about the same degree of "tiredness" and leg stiffness that I did on Sunday but ran 1.4 miles further. My wakeup HR was 52. The sky was cloudy for most of the run but no rain.

I saw a few ducks in a puddle in the canal, but most of them are gone.

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November 4, 2005

Ran 11.4 miles again

I just returned from running the 11.4 miles again. I felt stronger this time; last time, I walked/jogged quite a bit during the last 2 miles, but this time I only walked once for a couple hundred feet during the last 2 miles. That is a good sign that my body is adjusting to the longer mileage. Also, since I started running regularly after my last skin cancer operations in the first week of September, I've been adding 10-12% to my mileage each week, and I haven't had a cold (when I over train I get a cold). My body must think it is Superman....

My wakeup HR was 51. When I left the temperature was 43F with a light rain. I wore my nylon jacket for the first mile and then took it off and carried it. My body generates a lot of heat, and I felt fine running at that temperature in the rain. By the time I reached my turnaround point, I was beginning to feel the cold, and a short time later I put the jacket back on and tucked my hands in the sleeves. I didn't set a speed record today but just did a slow jog the whole distance.

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November 2, 2005

Ran 11.4 miles today

My goal was to run 10.5 miles, but I had to detour around a gate blocking the canal road and ended up with additional mileage. The property used by the canal road is owned by the local property owners -- the canal company only has a right of way. One farmer wants his cows to graze on both sides of the canal, and during the late fall, winter, and early spring when the canal has no water, he closes a gate so his cows can cross the canal. I was expecting this and had my detour all figured out.

I got pretty tired on the way back and walked/jogged the last two miles. I haven't run much during the past two weeks due to working on the ground for my new barn. The barn was installed yesterday, and I'm hoping to get back to my normal running. My wakeup HR was 52.

On the way back, I saw two big dogs in the middle of the road. I ran towards them and stopped when they were about 30 feet away. They didn't bark or wag their tail; they just looked at me, and I just looked at them. I thought to myself, "Now, what do I do?" I said, "Hello dog!", and the biggest of the two immediately started wagging his tail and walked to me. I let him sniff my hand (keeping my fist clenched so if he tried to bite me he would have to bite my whole fist instead of just my fingers)so he would know I was "ok", and then I petted him. As soon as I started petting him, the other dog started walking toward us. The big dog walked a few feet away, and the other dog immediately stopped. I whistled to the big dog, and he came back for more petting. When the other dog saw that, he walked to us and joined our petting fun. They were very friendly dogs. I was worried they might follow me home, but they didn't.