Time to run

Sunday, November 29, 2015

MyHowl: Nov 22 - 28

This week was a roller-coaster of emotions for sure. I won't bore my friends with the death of my lost love. I have already taken you there. Instead, let me brag about my running. Despite two rest days this week, I have still managed 79 miles of running. In addition, I am beginning to feel stronger. I am not there yet, but this 50 year old man is going to get his legs back. November is going to be around 280+ miles. If I run a bit less in December, I will finish the the year of 2015 with 3,000 logged miles. A first for me, pre or post, traumatic brain injury. I am proud of my continued effort to make a 100% return to athletic form post injury; and past the ripe old age of 50. Why does it matter? Because it is a symbol of recovery for me. Of course my cognitive ability matters most, but I do not have a measurable bench mark for that part of my recovery. I have always judged myself athletically and even now, with all of my physical and mental deficits, I still do. :-) 
Well, time to go run. Stay tuned and see if I can maintain my pace through the Christmas holiday. I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving and has a fantastic Christmas season. Until next week: when your legs get tired, run with your heart. 

Some good news to share. Sorry in advance for the gratuitous cheese. Last year I logged a record number of running miles, 2,670.88. Today I set a new record on my sloppy 20 miler. As of today I have logged 2,681.66 miles so far in 2015. This pleases me. Since my traumatic brain injury I have worked harder than I ever had before. In fact, for 3 years in a row I have logged 2000+ miles. In my pre-injury 'fast' days' I probably maxed out at around 1000 running miles per year. It is true I am still not the athlete that I was, but in my defense, I am a 50 year old man trying to rebuild a broken brain and body. I work hard. I am proud of my continued chase of the lost runner formerly known as me. This is important to me. Thanks.

Common difficulties after a traumatic brain injury.  Many people have difficulties with speaking, listening or being aware of other people’s non-verbal communication. These difficulties can include problems with talking and writing; or with understanding what they are reading, or what someone is saying. Some people also find it difficult to have a conversation in a group and may get restless, or not realize that they are interrupting other people. Of course, this can lead to problems and means that their family, work colleagues, and friends may need to show them patience and understanding.

  1. Not being able to recognize words that they used to know
  2. Needing things to be repeated several times
  3. Having difficulty when someone speaks quickly or tells them a lot of information in one go.
  4. Not paying attention in conversations
  5. Not understanding fully what someone is saying
  6. Not being able to follow instructions
  7. Misunderstanding jokes, sarcasm, or taking what someone says literally.
  8. Difficulty “finding” the word they want to say, or using the wrong word altogether.
  9. Getting the order of the words in a sentence mixed up.
  10. Repeating the same thing over and over (this is known as “perseveration”).
  11. Answering only “yes” or “no” when someone asks them a question.
  12. Poor spelling and difficulty in learning new words.
  13. Trouble with writing full sentences.

I am happy with my running this year so far. After tomorrows run, I will have eclipsed last years logged total of 2670.88 mi logged. I think I am finally starting to shed some of that stubborn post TBI weight gain. My running is more fluid and a bit faster in general. I haven't been on a scale in months but my gut is smaller and my clothes are fitting looser. I will tell you what, it has been difficult to lose the weight. I never even thought about it before the accident, but post has been a nightmare. Even though I ran and ran, the fat just stuck to me. Anyway, my diligence is beginning to pay off. 


Training this week: Run 76.89 -  Bike 0 (2 rest days)


Sat Run 20.11 mi - 2:42:53 - 8:05 pace - 152 avg hr - 27' elevation gain
Fri Rest
Thurs Rest

Wed Run 12.23 mi - 1:48:32 - 8:52 pace - 130 avg hr - 1.382' eleation gain
Evergreen hills again
Tues Run 12.15 mi - 1:47:25 - 8:50 pace - 129 avg hr - 1,336' elevation gain
I am still really enjoying the Evergreen hills/

Mon Run 20.13 mi - 3L06:01 - 9:05 pace - 131 avg hr - 21' elevation gain
The trail was a mess. It warmed up ad turned it into a mud trek with multiple icy sections to navigate. 
Sun Run12.27 mi - 149:23 - 9:00 pace - 141 avg hr - 1,415' elevation gain
Good steady run with a lot of elevation gain today. The weather was cool and pleasant with strong winds.

last week: run 64.6 mi - bike 0 (1 rest day) 

last month run 221.68 mi (7 rest days)


run this year: 2,726.15 mi

bike this year: 207.95 mi         


run last yr: 2,670.88 mi
bike last yr: 3614.17 mi


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