I thought I was on my way to some running breakthroughs, now that I can walk a few hours in running shoes without orthotics, getting into some core work and mobility exercises and finally beating that plantar fasciitis.
However, I have been struggling with the running for a bit. At first, I just chalked it up to sleep deprivation (of which unfortunately there's been a fair of that lately). Then my breathing started getting difficult. Finally, I tried to run with my usual pace group, which is aiming to run a half-marathon in 2:45 hrs or to completion.
They ran a 7:30 min/km pace 5k tempo run. I ran a 9 min/km pace tempo run. Granted, I was pacing another slower runner, but the problem is that I could barely keep up with her!! My heart was pounding and my breathing was laboured. This coming from a runner who was able to run sub-6 min tempos finally this past summer!
|My 5k tempo run. I forgot to turn off the Fitbit, as you can see. Pace s/b 9 min/km.|
The problem appears to be my hemaglobin. The levels have dropped precipitately in the last 2 or 3 months, and it is getting to the point where it is now affecting my running. Considering I just saw the cardiologist at Christmas and he told me that my heart appeared to be just fine, I can only conclude that it must be my hemaglobin levels.
The routine checkup of my kidney transplant this past Wednesday seems to bear it out. While I am "only" borderline anemic, the steep drop in the past couple of months has made it tough for my body to adjust this quickly to this lower level of hemaglobin when others may still feel ok.
I'm now on iron supplements, which I hope will help soon. I have other health considerations to consider; however, I am grateful that once the hemaglobin level is slowly resolved, I should be able to run better again, and not struggle so much.
The most interesting part of my post-transplant appointment was in seeing an exercise physiologist who happened to be in the clinic that day.
I talked about how I was seeing a chiropractor for my plantar fasciitis and to alignment my hip/SI joint. I didn't think my kidney transplant would affect it, but she informed me that scar tissue from the transplant plus having an organ transplant could affect the alignment/balance and a few other things I can remember. If these factors were not considered as part of the chiropractic care, the effectiveness of the treatment could be lessened. So far, my current chiropractor has made great strides in helping me with my plantar fasciitis and the rest of my lower body; so, the exercise physiologist said that continuing with his treatment was good. But if certain things seem not to work out after a while, she suggested finding someone who was familiar with "organ work" and scar tissue so that they can consider these factors. And she suggested a couple of ppl.
Then she assessed me. Turns out my diaphragm was all messed up, and I'm apparently a bit stiff on the one side...naturally, the side with the kidney transplant. But because it could also be the diaphragm causing it as well, she suggested twice daily exercise to do to "wake up the diaphragm" on the one side and to relax the other side.
I suppose I should go do it now. Looking forward to more energy and better runs! And finally getting back to walking stairs without stopping.
|The stairs look insurmountable these days. But I'll get back to it.|