I had hoped to get more running done this week, but that didn’t happen, for various reasons. At least I’m keeping my streak going.

Thursday: I worked at daycare from 7:30 – 3:30. I was in the 1 and 2 year old classes. The older class colored pictures for me for Veterans Day and hand delivered them to me along with hugs all around. That was so sweet. I love those kids!

I had woken up with a little bit of a sore throat, but it got better as the day went along, or at least I thought it did. I sang with the kids for about 30 minutes while we were waiting on lunch to arrive. When I came back from my break at 2, I could barely talk. That was a quick onset of laryngitis!

I had a chiropractor appointment after work. He showed me some exercises to do to strengthen my core and back muscles. I will do them for a week and then go back to see how it is going. There are some yoga poses, planks, and sit ups – modified to be easy at this point. My back had been really hurting Thursday morning for about 2 hours after I got out of bed. It eased off and was not really hurting at all by the time I had my appointment. I did tell the doctor and he said it was probably from climbing the ladder and cleaning the gutters the day before. He said it shows progress that it got over it in a couple of hours and didn’t hurt all day/week.

I got home late and was tired, so did a treadmill walk before dinner. Stats: Walked 1.0 mile in 15:48 minutes for a 3.8 mph pace. Avg HR – 100 bpm Max HR – 106 bpm

Friday: I had let the tennis ladies know that I had laryngitis Thursday evening. They decided I could be contagious, so we didn’t play tennis. :disappointed: Since I could barely talk, and I work at daycare, and the kids have been coming down with some really weird viruses, I decided to call my primary care physician to see if he could see me. He was able to work my in around 9:30. He tested me, and I was negative for both strep and CoVID (tested just to be on the safe side). I really hate that regardless of what your symptoms are, CoVID seems to be a possibility. I long for the days when I could say I had laryngitis and just stay home and not talk until it got better. Anyway, he said it was probably a viral infection of some sort that will need to run it’s course. He did say if it got worse over the weekend to give him a call.

I got home before lunch, feeling really tired. I laid down on the couch to watch a movie, “The Giver.” I had seen part of it before, but for some reason it seemed pretty timely for the social environment of the times. It’s about a society that “makes” everyone the same in order to have peace. But, one of things they did in order to make it “work” was require everyone take a shot everyday that prevented them from feeling any emotions – no love, no hate, no jealousy. (The masses did not know this is what the shot did.) While some may make a parallel with the CoVID vaccinations, it was the emotional part that struck me as being more profound. I guess because when my husband died, I had days when I felt nothing. Those days scared me. Even if it was pain, I wanted to feel something. I think that is what makes us human. Spoiler alert: In the end of the movie, the hero was able to “break the barrier” of the society and bring back feelings and color and nonconformity to society as a whole.

I decided a walk was probably better than a run, so went down for another treadmill session. Stats: Walked 1.0 mile in 15:48 minutes for a 3.8 mph pace. Avg HR – 108 bpm Max HR – 142 bpm

Saturday/Today: I can talk better, but still feel a bit tired. I did do quite a bit of housework that was desperately needing to be done. Things like vacuuming, which I haven’t done since my back has been out. It looks so much better now. It was sunshiny, but cold…well a high of 45°F (7.2°C). To some, I’m sure that’s not cold, but I didn’t want to breath in the cooler air with my throat already irritated. I also was tired after all of the house cleaning, so opted for another treadmill walk. Stats: Walked 1.0 mile in 15:48 minutes for a 3.8 mph pace. Avg HR – 98 bpm Max HR – 107 bpm

I had a dream last night that I was running a race. I didn’t have my watch on and was sure that I had been running for at least an hour. A lady was passing me while we ran up a hill that was covered in sand. I asked her how long we had been running and she said. 15 minutes. 😆 I do feel like that some days!



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