Wednesday night I got in another trainer ride on my bike. I made it 40 minutes, at a very low cadence, with minimal shortness of breath. I felt pretty proud of myself and got off the trainer with a shit eating grin on my face. I was just so happy to have gotten in a little bit of exercise, not that it is really helping me in my training process, but it was more of a mental thing. I felt like I had done something.
Thursday we got up and there was about 16 inches of snow on the ground. Whoohoo, snow day! Rick had taken a vacation day from work and my office closed down for the day, so we leashed up the dog and took her down to the park behind our house. Check out these pictures.
The Park behind our house
Walking to the Park
Look at that snow in our chairs!
Rick ran on our treadmill Thursday afternoon and I eyeballed him with envy throughout his run. I hate running on the treadmill, but at this point, any run would be acceptable. I finally decided that I would get on that damn thing and do a short run, just to see where I am at with the whole running thing at this point. The clots are still in my lungs; apparently it will take a good three to four weeks for them to dissolve. The doctors have told me to just take it easy and just do what I feel like I am capable of, which is a little frustrating because I want to know when these clots are gone. There is no follow up process to check the status of the clots or my lung damage unless I go back in and get a CT on my lungs, which is expensive. I am just supposed to keep working with my hematologist to make sure my blood is clotting properly and let everything else heal on its own.
Anyway, I got on the treadmill and made it a little over a mile and it took me almost 13 minutes to get the first mile in. Now on my last run test, I clocked a 6:46 minute mile, so it doesn’t take a brain surgeon to tell me that I still have some lung damage in there. I got off the treadmill and I must admit that I was a little disappointed and frustrated. I am obviously not ready to run yet, so I’ll just spin on my bike and give my lungs a chance to heal a little more.
I hope everyone has a great weekend and good luck to those racing. I will be catching myself up on all of your blog posts this weekend!