Well, this wasn’t the ol/d 1:25-1:28 pain/limp fests that it once was. Still this is 10 minutes slower than my “quick walk” pace in the days of old (20 years ago) I walked first (after PT at home) then did some deadlifts when I got back:
10 x 134, 10 x 184 low, 10 x 254 4 inch, 10 x 270 8 inch…none were difficult.
Vegging while watching football (ND looking great vs Syracuse; 21-7 at the half but..lots of game left)
PT, 5 mile walk on a convoluted course. Mile 1: slow, GREAT. Mile 2: mild discomfort in the left hip; then the last 3..sort of rough but not stabbing. Kind of sore-like. The “hanging from the bar” stretch afterward felt GREAT.
Back: well, ok; minor pain comes and goes; down to 1 naproxen, twice a day. It is tolerable.
Workout: weights/pt first; usual pull ups (some with knees forward), push ups (4 sets of 25 flat..challenging) full PT, then bench: 10 x 134, 3 sets of 5 x 154, curls: 3 sets of 10. high incline: 1 set of 10 x 94 trying for more ROM.
Walk: start slow, pick it up. Commuter walk. That is about it. Voted. Long line: 20 or so when I got there, along with 3 with poll workers and 8 actively voting.
Today: weight 197.6 before swimming, 196.5 after. The swim itself: usual 600 of side/back, 400 of swim drill/swim with fins, then a very lame 250 swim, 250 pull in 9:40. I gave up; did 100 side, 100 back, 100 fins then finished alternating pulls, swim ..enough to get to 2200.
I need to swim more, and now without those morning doctor’s appointments, I might get to.
Then came the walk; tightness on the outside of the hip prior..so I went out at 15:40..then picked it up to 14:20 and then 13:30. That is the way to do it, I think.
I have a few days to get to the 100 mile for the month mark, something I have NOT done in about 2 years. This stabbing glute pain was vicious ..a very tough opponent to overcome, or at least keep at bay.
Commentary: I’ve had injuries in the past: rotator cuff impingements, knee surgery, (5 of them, 4 on the right knee), achilles tendonitis, etc. I’ve “recovered to full strength” (sort of) from these.
This back issue is different: it is chronic. (vertebrae slipped forward: neurogenic claudication caused by foraminal stenosis caused by isthmic spondylolisthesis. ) That is, chronic stress fractures in my pars (back of the spine) has caused my L5 vertebrae to slip forward, narrowing the canal (stenosis) impinging my L5 nerve root (foraminal: below the spinal cord) causing pain while walking.
In February of this year, things had gotten so bad that a .2 mile walk home caused a great deal of stabbing back pain; when I tried to walk in the fall, I managed 1, .5, .4 mile segments.
What turned it around was going to the doctor, finding out it was my back, and then doing back therapy and modifying my behavior (more later); I deleted some exercises, modified many others, etc.
And so, I am doing daily walks (sometimes 2 times a day) of 1-5 miles, sometimes fast, (10:40 mpm), most of the time medium (13-14:30 mpm), some slow (hiking, 16 minute miles for commuter walks).
I am about 22-25 miles a week; I would have found this unimaginable this February.
BUT…yeah, I have a long distance walking history (marathons and beyond).
I was referred to a surgeon and surgery was discussed; what I was eventually told was “no need for it right now; you’ll know when you need me” and:
This isn’t my doctor, but this was the message I got. I have a chronic condition that may get better, but pain-free just is not my destiny. Not 100 percent pain free, 100 percent of the time. I need to aim for “low enough pain to be pleasant.” I have a condition to be managed, not something to be healed from.
And yes, I can tell when I need to bail from a walk; I did so last week. Basically, it is pain at the start that is uncomfortable and does not go away.
Today’s workout PT, pull ups (sets of 5 singles, couple of sets of 5, enough to get to 50 plus one negative), push ups (4 sets of 25 flat! That is good for me; focused on no radiating pain)
Deadlifts: low: 10 x 134, 10 x 184, 10 x 228, 8 inch: 10 x 260 (felt good..all of them)
high incline: 3 sets of 10 x 94 Swiss bar, getting lower each time
bench: 2 sets of 10 x 134 legs up
Then a morning walk (2 miles), commuter walk (1 mile) Both walks were outstanding, though I was sore by 6 pm
Note: I attempted to cut from 2 naproxen two times a day, to 1, two times a day.
And I am starting to get caught up on things..sort of. B is still having pain, but is doing better.
Today: I went through PT with pull ups and push ups (5 sets of 20 ) mixed in; I have an exercise to add. It is a prone pelvic tilt to counter the way my tail bone tilts back. The pull ups: 8 sets of 5 singles, 10 singles (2 bad reps), and 2 penalty reps.
high incline: 10 x 95, 99, 105, curls 3 sets of 10
Then a 2 mile walk; finished it all by 7:40 (everything, including a bathroom break takes 2 hours).
Then: a commuter walk home over lunch. I look somewhat smaller than a few months ago. Weight yesterday: 196.8 before swimming, 195.8 afterward. Within 10 lb of where I want to be.
Axiom: the longer your life, the more friends and loved ones will suffer from ailments of various kinds, and yes, die. I’ve lost 3 good running friends from 2008-2015 or so (all I ran with, all who could beat me) and now another one has lung cancer. I don’t know the stage (discovered by biopsy) but even best case is 70 percent survival rate in 5 years; worst is 5 percent.
My bestie also had cancer, but hers is “the best cancer to have if you must have cancer.” I took her to her biopsy.
My wife is recovering from hand/wrist surgery (should restore functionality of her hand) but, well, only 11 days out and yes, there is still pain.
My back issues: not functional; I can manage my chronic conditions (knee, shoulder , back) by not being stupid.
But, well, here is a vow to make time for friends and to enjoy them while we still have each other.