Saturday, February 18, 2017

Health History 2011-2016

Hello world! :D

I realize that getting on this blog once a year or so for several years with the same song and dance looks a little bit like “the little boy who called 'wolf!;'” ...but alas I will prevail! ;) If you are new here, the song and dance is that I exercised again, got really sore, and decided it is way past time to start training again for triathlons and get back in shape. :D

Today, I'll skip the song and dance and instead give a BRIEF (and vague) summary of my health and training (ha! Ha! Or rather, non-training) history for the past few years so you know where I am now – at the start of my, soon to be consistent training. ;) Honestly, if you aren't truly interested in knowing just skip the rest of this and come back for more interesting future posts. I promise they will be 100X better! ;) Oh... I have actually been consistently running about 2 miles a day this past week! :) (Sadly sore, but happily consistent! ;))

RECENT HISTORY:

Six years ago (March of 2011) I began running for the first time in preparation for my first half marathon, which I ran two months later at a 10 minute mile (I haven't done it since, at an official race at least, but did it for fun many times after at a much faster pace... around an 8.5 mile avg. I think). I also did a tiny sprint triathlon with 8 other friends with one day notice (obviously I didn't train for that! ;o).

The following year (2012) I kept running; re-assembled my bike after many years; and learned to swim... to train for triathlons for the first time in my life (it was awesome! :D). I actually prepared for and participated in both a Sprint Triathlon and an Olympic Triathlon. :D It felt great. These were huge accomplishments and I was sure I would keep it up each year for the rest of my life. :)

And then... something truly tragic happened the day of the second race – the fresh and painful memory of which stung so badly that I couldn't get myself to keep training. I stopped training. For a long time.

I TRIED to start training again, over and over again. And I think I finally did get consistent about 2 years later... during the winter of 2014-2015. I was running with several friends and I think I ran 4-5 (maybe 3-4) days each week for a a few months straight and going strong.

Then my mother was placed on Hospice in a nursing home (dying of Kidney disease, also suffering from heart disease and several other major autoimmune diseases)... I moved her in with me the end of February 2015 and that was the end of consistency. Mom was completely bedridden with no use of her legs and too much edema to get in a wheel chair. It took all my time to care for her and was very stressful. I tried to learn all I could to know how to help minimize her symptoms and suffering. She passed on only six months after moving in with me.

The sacrifice was nothing compared to the honor and privilege of caring for my wonderful mother and I could NEVER regret it! However, there were health consequences for the next many months (which are still in effect now, two years later). My adrenal glands were severely fatigued, and I developed many symptoms of auto immune diseases I watched my mother suffer from... nephropathy, fibromyalgia, insomnia, digestive issues, allergies, arthritis, edema, weight gain, severe exhaustion (I fell asleep sitting up most afternoons after coming home from working)... Some symptoms were very severe. It was hard. I wanted to do triathlons again, and planned to (I was even signed up for a sprint triathlon the following year, but got a foot injury and could not run at all so “had” to bail... ;0). Despite the desire to train, I instinctively knew that I shouldn't... that I needed to exercise easy... jog slowly etc. My body needed REST to help it recover and repair - not intense exercise!

In caring for my mom and researching to help her with the autoimmune diseases she suffered from, I learned a lot that came in handy when the symptoms showed up in my own body. I learned about how stress and toxic environmental factors affects one's health. I also learned about food triggers. I finally acknowledged and determined that I needed to give myself some of the care I gave my mother. I haven't been perfect, (which has made it easy to see that the changes truly were needed) but my health has improved much. There are still things I need to do which I did for my mother to help me heal (easy to spend money on supplements etc. for mom – not always easy to do for myself). I continue to research and learn to be able to help myself, and my family. I still have much healing to do in my own body and am SO thankful for what I learn through my own experiences so I can help others. :)

I live a pretty healthy, normal life. Nothing I go through would cause alarm in others. No one knows about the nerve damage I feel or other physical discomforts I experience (or of the intense symptoms I experienced the first year following mom's death). But for me, I took care of my mother my whole life and learned a lot from watching and caring for her. I recognize pains and symptoms I experience as signs of early stages of autoimmune diseases. I know first hand where this path leads! And I am determined to get off it! :)

My mother suffered SO MUCH. But I know, because I am a mom who is happy to suffer so my kids will hopefully not suffer – she regrets none of it. I hope to learn a lot and help her posterity – and others – so all she went through will be a blessing to others and nothing she went through will be in vain...

And so, I will get back to "training" in a way that is healthy for me... with wisdom, not too intensely - but consistently. I will keep learning and improving my diet and do what ever I can to be healthy. For me, and for everyone who can learn and benefit from the success and healing I pray for. :)

Thursday, May 12, 2016

WORK YOUR WAY UP! :/

Hello! :D

Well, I went biking yesterday... and, decided to courageously go a bit farther than I have for many years. :o Thinking of what I was like when I ACTUALLY TRAINED - it's just embarrassing, really! :o I don't know the exact distance, but I'm sure I went over thirty miles (approx. 2.5 hours). Much of it flat, some hills. And when I got home MY LEGS WERE SORE! I soaked in a hot Epsom salt bath... had my honey massage my legs. Oh boy! I was so nervous to go to sleep... afraid I would wake and not be able to move. I had everyone pray for me! :) Those prayers, massages, and hot watter bath must have helped, because I felt fine upon waking! :D Yeah! I'm telling you, though; I would have been in trouble today without them! Moral of story - WORK YOUR WAY UP! :O

Hopefully I'll have some REAL TRAINING stories to speak of again soon! :)

Corine :D

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

...Working My Way Back into Training

Hi. :) It's me! I'm sure no one ever comes here anymore expecting to read something; I haven't been here in a LONG time! :o Nevertheless - here I am! :D

Along with the lack of posting, there has been a continual lack of running. I know. Darn. :(

I haven't swam since 2 summers ago, or biked at all since last summer; but I started running again in mid January - sporadically.

I was shocked to run only 5 miles and get really sore! And I ran a few 2 mile runs, first! Then I did it a couple more times, only to be sore again and again! I ran just over 7 today, and don't think I will be sore this time, but my heart REALLY FEELS IT, and my time is still slower than it was when I was training.

Here is a copy of my workouts so far this year (oh my, 5 months of workouts fit on this one little page! :o) I'm so ashamed! And I promise it will never happen again! :o

       Type
               Title
Pace
04/30/14
Running
7.08
01:06:30
09:23
857
alright
 
 
 
 
04/26/14
Running
2.21
00:20:31
09:17
259
great
 
 
 
 
04/23/14
Running
5.37
00:50:34
09:24
649
good
 
 
 
 
04/22/14
Rowing
0
00:40:00
 
0
 
 
 
 
 
04/16/14
Running
5
00:50:00
10:00
649
great
 
 
 
 
03/24/14
Running
4
 
441
great
 
 
 
 
03/20/14
Running
5
 
552
good
 
 
 
 
03/18/14
Running
6
 
662
great
 
 
 
 
03/15/14
Running
2
 
220
great
 
 
 
 
03/13/14
Running
2
 
220
great
 
 
 
 
03/11/14
Running
4
 
441
great
 
 
 
 
02/22/14
Running
6
 
662
great
 
 
 
 
02/21/14
Running
4
 
441
great
 
 
 
 
02/12/14
Running
4
 
441
great
 
 
 
 
02/03/14
Cc Skiing
1.5
 
0
alright
 
 
 
 
02/01/14
Cc Skiing
3
 
0
 
 
 
 
 
01/25/14
Running
8.5
 
938
 
 
 
 
 
01/23/14
Running
3.15
00:30:00
09:31
389
great
 
 
 
 
01/21/14
Running
3.15
 
347
 
 
 
 
 
01/18/14
Running
2
 
220
 
 
 
 
 
01/17/14
Running
2
 
220
 
 
 
 
 
01/17/14
Inline Skating
4
 
0
 
 
 
 
 
01/04/14
Cc Skiing
3
 
0
good
 
 
 
 
09/17/13
Running
2
00:17:00
08:30
220
great

NOTICE- I ran on 9/17/2013, and my pace was 8:30. That was pretty normal at the time. But I stopped training in every way. And since then my pace has moved to 9.5-10 minute miles. When I trained the year before (2012 - when I actually trained and did two triathlons) I couldn't run 10 minute miles if I tried, it was just too easy and too slow. Wow! Now my heart aches at 9.5 minute miles!
 
I wrote the following on today's Daily Mile workout post:
 
7.08 mi
01:07
09:23 pace
Aggg! Hard workout! My heart REALLY felt that!!! And my pace is still WAY slower than it was when I was a regular runner! ***I KNOW... - I shouldn't be surprised. It doesn't make sense to stop running and expect it to be as easy or as fast as I was when I was consistent! Oh well... I just need to keep running! :o

I know I should expect this. After all,

"Use it or loose it!"
Time to get it back!

If I want to be good at something, I need to WORK for it! I need to be CONSISTENT!
I AM GOING TO DO THIS!!!

PS. So far, I have logged only 87 miles on Daily Mile (and I usually log my workouts. :o).
Looking forward to raising that number in a MAJOR way! :D

Corine :D

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Choosing to BE a Triathlete Again... :)

Wow! I really haven't been consistent since immediately after that last Triathlon in August of 2012. And that was my FIRST season of triathlon training (I did two, about a month apart). I have worked out/trained for a month or two here or there since then, but have not been consistent all this time... 2013 was Not a year of consistent triathlon training! But it's OK. I'm an overcomer! :)

It's a New Year! :D Great time to make resolutions to improve and do better... 

A little over a week ago I ran again for the first time. I ran only two miles. The next day I ran another two miles. Over the weekend I noticed that my legs were sore! :o I was shocked! In 2011 I ran a half marathon - over 13 miles. In fact, I ran that several more times in 2012, and the last time was around 8 months ago, in early 2013. And yet - Only two miles, and still, my body FELT it!

I ran again a few days later. This time I ran 3 miles. I ran another three. And again another day I ran 6 with my husband, then 2.5 later that day with a son... :) I was again shocked. I ran over 8 miles that day, and yet, my body did not FEEL as worked as as it felt the day I ran just 2 miles... :D

I know a lot of people make resolutions then fissile out a week or two later. Trust me, I understand this... I used to be one of them. Yeah, you heard me right, "used" to be. ;) I do not say this to boast; I say it because I believe there is power in both words and action, and I desire to not only DO what I want to BE, but to also SPEAK the life I DESIRE. I learned a couple years ago that I AM what I choose to be, by disciplining myself to DO what it takes to BE what I want to be. And it is so much easier to DO something, when you tell yourself you can and stay positive! 

I am not perfect. I stumble and fall and get off track. This is not the time to beat myself up; it is the time to pick myself back up and get back on track, no matter how many times it is needed! 

Do you ever get discouraged when you have to work at the same thing, over and over again? Don't. :) Ups and down's are just a part of life... There isn't a soul on the planet who is always up! The fact that you get back up and try again (even when it seems impossible to) proves that you are an over-comer





So give yourself a pat on the back for trying - over, and over again - and not letting the down's keep you down...  :)

Corine :D

PS. I have short hair again...

Monday, June 24, 2013

No Matter the Terrain…

(I wrote this on June 18 - finally posting- and doing a little better! :)    

I could show you a photo taken of me in my swimsuit a week after the Olympic Triathlon last year. But I looked rather sexy, so I’m just not comfortable with that. ;o

I could show you a photo of me in a swimsuit now as well. But I haven’t put one on yet, and I’m also sure it would embarrass me. :o

Thus, I remain faithfully modest! (Aside from joking, I really am that modest.)

In addition to not even beginning to swim yet, I have not been working out enough on bike or foot as of late (last month). I reflected upon the importance of staying physically and spiritually strong a moment ago, so here I am to share my amazing thoughts! :)…

I remembered bike riding the hills of Hayden Lake (abut 24-27 miles depending upon the route). When I first began it was a very intense workout. It took – what felt like a very long time – to complete the journey. And I was very tired as I traveled. My back ached. My feet would go numb. There were times when I wondered if I could make it up a hill. There were even a few times in which I got off the bike and walked up, believing I could not make it to the top - only to soon discover that I was almost there.

The more I rode these challenging courses, the stronger I became. I would begin to feel like giving up then remember the times when I did give up, only to almost immediately afterwards, discover that I was almost there. Remembering this, I would tell myself, “perhaps I can make it” – and “perhaps I’m nearly to the top…”

And so I would resume the climb; I stopped giving up.

As I would ride these courses repeatedly, I would remember which hills were the most challenging and count them. I would recall that there were only three hills which were so intense as to challenge my endurance severely. 

I would anticipate these "three hills" and count down with triumph as I overcame them, “only two more to go;” “only one more to go.”

Eventually I began to cross over hills and forget which ones were the tough ones. :o I would think I was about to cross one of “the three” only to cross over it and say, “no, that couldn't have been one of them.” Soon, I found myself traveling on and on – bewildered as I found myself asking, “Where are those three hills?”

The “three challenging hills” eventually became the “two challenging hills” then the “one.” Until I finally discovered that “not one” of those hills could threaten to lick me!

So it goes…


As long as we keep pressing forward, eventually, no matter what the terrain...

We are strong

We are ready :D


I think it’s time to start training consistently again…

Sunday, March 10, 2013

FAITH


Hi! :D My spirit feasted today at church. :D And being a new developing tri-athlete I tend to apply what I am learning to the area of training. It is all just way too cool to keep to myself, so here I am! :D

Lesson 5 – The Grand Destiny of the Faithful

I loved how this lesson started out. The first impression made to me was of how Elisha, the teacher talked about how she and her husband look at their children in awe of how much their children have inherited traits and capabilities from them. “Look, he has your ---“ Wow, she does X just like you do!” Elisha then pointed out that we adults have also inherited traits and capabilities – not only from our earthly parents but also from our spirit parents. As I listened to these words, my eyes were drawn to the writing on the board…

“Because we have divinity within us, we can become like our father in heaven.”

I felt a tremendous testimony growing within me during this lesson. A testimony that  Heavenly Father has great things in store for me and that I have great capabilities which I can realize and become, if I will but heed the promptings of the spirit and DO the things which the lord calls me to do. The spirit has grown within me today a testimony that I am so much more than I realizeas are ALL of God’s children…

One of the things which Elisha reminded us was that we need to “cultivate an ambition.”

As she mentioned it I thought of the many times in which I have gone to an old journal and read that I was excited to develop a talent or learn or do something. As I read these words, I would sometimes sadly acknowledge that the ambition faded away and was never accomplished. I also remembered though, that there have been ambitions which I have slowly cultivated by acting/doing something to make something happen. Like the ambition to be a tri-athlete. Last spring, I went to the pool three days a week for three months so I could learn to put my face in the water and swim. I diligently swam, ran, and eventually biked (I only biked for two months – but I did it). Because I ACTED this ambition grew, and the ambition to participate in triathlons became a reality…

One of the greatest moments during that lesson was the moment in which I related these principles to my athletic training. In addition to what I have already reflected upon regarding my training, another analogy came to mind which greatly inspires me! :D

I thought of how running faster or farther than we are used to running is like taking up the challenge to do something in life which we have never done before. THIS TAKES FAITH. WE have to get ourselves to DO something without any evidence that we are capable. We have to get out of our comfort zones to do it. We don’t even KNOW if we can do it, we only HOPE. We are acting on faith, not knowledge; THIS IS a CHALLENGE.

When I run faster than I am used to running, it can be incredibly strenuous and challenging. I can assure you – it is NOT a comfortable feeling, and I don’t know how long I can keep going…There is a little voice which can be heard to say, “You know, if you just slowed down and walked for just a few seconds this would be a lot easier.” But then another voice reminds me, “Yes, it would be easier, but do you really need to slow down? How will you even know what you are capable of? And how will you ever grow and improve, if you make it easier?”

Another question entered my mind as I sat in that meeting today… What if we know the effort to accomplish something is worth it, but just don’t know if we can do it?

A runner who pushes past her current comfort zone will experience the feeling of tremendous challenge. Her legs may be fatigued by lack of nutrients, especially lack of oxygen; it may be difficult just to breathe. But her body will prepare her for the next run. It will create for her additional avenues for a greater supply of nutrients and oxygen for the next run. Yes, her body will actually create for her more veins. Her heart will become more efficient at pumping blood, pumping in greater supply than it did before so oxygen is delivered in much faster rate, thus making it much easier to breathe and making it possible for her legs to get the oxygen they need so they won’t get so fatigued. Her lungs will improve their capacity to carry oxygen to the tissues. Therefore, each time she challenges her comfort zone, her ability to perform will again increase and her comfort zone will be lengthened, until that same run actually becomes quite comfortable and even incredibly enjoyable.

As we continue on, again and again, WE ARE BLESSED WITH GREATER ABILITY THAN BEFORE. With the same effort and exertion as before, we find ourselves going further and faster. We even continue to progress even when we don’t realize it…

Now – let’s switch gears from the challenge of running - to simply doing things in life which are challenging…

Think of something which you feel you need to do, but don’t know how you will ever do it. Is there a job or command you have been given which seems impossible to you? Hold that thought in your mind as you consider this…

Remember the new runner. Imagine a brand new runner being told by her father that he wants her to run a marathon. Now she has only run between 1-2 miles at a time ever. Is it possible for her to run a marathon? Is it even possible for her to enjoy it?  Is it possible for her to run it without being injured and at great speed? Not on her first run – no. And that is what the negative voice of doubt would use to deceive her into believing the lie that it will never be possible for her.

However, the lord knows what we are capable of. He asks different things of each of us according to our abilities, desires, and life missions; a kind and loving father would never ask his son or daughter to do something he or she is not capable of… He knows that if she has faith that she can do what He asks her to do, then she will act on that faith and succeed. She will get out and run despite her current ability being so far below that of what she has been asked to do. If she gets out and runs a certain number of minutes each day, those minutes will naturally grow longer as her ability grows. At first, she may only run 2 miles, over and over again. Soon, she will develop the capacity to go 3. As she continues running she will develop the capacity to go 4, then 5, then 6, and so on and so forth – until she is eventually capable of running a full marathon – and even farther… The amazing thing is that it may take no more effort for her to run that full marathon than it took for her to run her first 2 or 3 miles…

All these principles have me thinking about my life – athletically, temporally, spiritually, in every way… I wonder what I am capable of. I wonder what more I would enjoy working towards? I don’t believe in faith in faith. I believe in faith in Jesus Christ. I believe that a miracle is when something happens, which God desires for us, and which we can not do without his help. I believe that if we have faith in Him, He will make the things which He desires for us possible – just as he created our bodies to make breathing while running, possible to those who run.

So I ask myself, what is it that He wants for me, which I also want – enough to take a leap of faith – and with His help, work to make it happen? :)

Corine :D

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Finally Running Again... :)

I don't have any idea what I am going to say here today. I just keep getting this push inside, telling me it is time to start writing on this blog again. So here I am! :)

I know I haven't been here in a long time. For 6 months I have didn't work out a whole lot - and not at all consistently. I have good news.  As for the last month... I am back! :) I have gradually begun to be active again. I just started running consistently again two or three weeks ago. I first began using the row machine here and there while the weather was cold etc. then I started running. I started out running just 3 miles per run, then finally ran 4 miles, then five, then three again a couple more times. I'm trying to work my way up carefully so I don't injure myself. Yesterday was my first time running 6 miles for many months. Today I ran 6 again, and ran it really well. I am again struggling with pain in knees (left feels arthritic) but I'm OK. I'll get through it again just like I did two years ago when I started running for the first time ever! :)

If you have a DailyMile account, look me up; maybe we can be "DailyMile-friends!"

I just have to say - it is SO EXCITING to be running again! :D My legs are SORE, but my spirits are high! I feel high! I'm proud of myself because today I ran, and kept running even when I was tempted to walk. I told myself,
"Corine, you CAN do this. Don't give in to the temptation to make this run 'easy.' How will you get better or find out what you can do if you make it easy?" 
So I kept running. And I gave it a good effort while still striving to run at a pace that I could maintain. I DID GOOD! :D I really did. I think I may have run the fastest 6 miles I have ever run. It feels SO GOOD to know that I am in charge of my body, and that me and my body can do amazing things. :) I know there are a LOT of runners who are way faster than me, but I also know that I'm running, and I don't even know what I am capable of. I don't think any of us do...

When I started running again last month, I probably ran about 10-minute miles, which was the pace of my first (and only so far) half marathon run (2011), but also a pace which a year later felt like a jog in the park. It was a bummer to run and really feel it then go look at my time and see that it was this pace which once felt so easy. But life has taught me that life isn't an upward climb - it's a roller coaster - and I need to persistently start again and keep moving forward even when it seems I've gone backwards. Time will go by whether or not I get back into shape; I may as well give it everything I've got so I can look back and say "I'm glad I did that" rather than "Gee I wish I had." That's what keeps me going.

When I train for triathlons or any sports this idea gets ingrained in me. I set out of the house with the simple goal to workout and give it a good effort. My goal for that day is not to do an Olympic Triathlon or a Half Marathon, and yet, that is exactly what I am accomplishing. That one simple workout is a small and simple puzzle piece in the puzzle of preparation that makes the big dream possible. None of my workouts are life shattering. I start out slow, and just do a little more and a little more. It never feels like more though, because my body grows faster and stronger with each workout. I keep running the same distance until my body wants to go farther. That's how I know I'm ready. Then I push my body to go just a little farther than it wants to.

Each daily workout feels like the same thing I have always done. While working out I don't usually realize that I'm doing more; and don't realize that I am adding to the puzzle of something big. And then it happens. That is when I finish the final pieces of the puzzle and realize that I have accomplished something big. And it will surprise me, because I never did anything big. I just kept doing a little more than I had before...

Training for triathlons has taught me to believe that I can be whatever I want to be as long as I put forth the effort consistently. I am anxious to dream again - and decide what else I want to be - then consistently work to make it happen...