Anyone who has ever seen me knows I'm 6 foot and solid aka not skinny. I look strong but I am not. Not currently.
In my last post, some of my health troubles were identified: anemia, unbalanced diaphragm, leg injuries.
The leg injuries were new (hamstring on one, siatic nerve on the other), adding to my other woes (plantar fasciitis and everything else). Luckily, slowly, things are better although still tight. The worst was when I was out of town on course. Couldn't see the chiropractor, couldn't bring all the TP therapy tools I normally use, had to sit in a chair all day. Nevertheless I enjoyed the training.
I worked on my diaphragm exercises ever day. Even now, I do them. For the longest time all it got me was a lot of soreness. Sometimes on one side; most often on both. I still believe it interfered with my breathing and made it impossible to run for a while. Last week I was finally able to run on Tuesday and not suffer. Further on Friday I ran faster speeds on the treadmill and found my breathing could keep up! Could be my iron supplements, could be my diaphragm; either way, I'm excited to be able to run again!
Talking about iron, the transplant clinic had iron studies done on me in late January, right before I started taking iron supplements. When I saw my cardiologist for my follow up appointment, he was surprised that I had an "athletic" heart and only 5% iron levels!! He said 20% was normal. It is therefore no wonder I've had such a tough time running these days!!
I don't know my current iron levels but I'm guessing it's more than 5% these days, given I can run again and not suffer.
Not a moment too soon either, as I will need to ramp up my running for this year's Transplant Trot 10k on April 30. This is a charity run to raise awareness for organ donation and a fundraiser for its programs and especially the Canadian Transplant Games, this year held in Toronto. These Games are athletic events in which transplant recipients participate and it's amazing to see how far these patients (including myself) have gone from near death (for some) to running or cycling or other athletic events as a transplant recipient!
So I hope to continue to sort out my health issues and get on track to run decently. Fast would be nice but perhaps asking a little too much of myself right now.
Happy Valentine's Day, everyone! Happy running!!