Sunday, November 22, 2009

What next ?!?

Thank god I have the best Chiropractor ever, Dr.Rob is the best and I would be in worse shape if I didn't have him taking care of me. So I finally get the hip and low back cooperating and now all week I have had like 50% mobility in my neck. He says that I popped out a couple of ribs in my upper back and it's straining the muscles into my neck. I could look right, but looking left..nope didn't happen, which made driving quite a challenge! Today is the first day that I could actually look left.
It's still a bit painful but at least I feel like it's improving.
Today was my first day of the swimming program I registered for and I wasn't sure if I should go or not but I decided to give it a try. It was either going to help my neck or kill !! It wasn't too bad, a couple of tense moments when I was doing the back crawl but I made it through. Came home and iced my back and neck and it hasn't been any worse than before swimming. I decided I needed to learn how to swim properly so I could move my training into the pool. Land training is apparently taking a toll on my joints so I need to try the water workouts. So for the next 5 weeks I am taking swimming lessons to be able to swim properly and not drive other people that are trying to swim lengths completely !!!
I have to say though, I now remember why I hated swimming as a kid and why it's never been my thing. Water up the nose, swallowing half the pool, burning eyes, face in the water..etc....etc...etc...LOL!!! So stay tuned for some comedy acts from the pool...LOL!!!!

So with the whole back/rib/neck thing going on I was only able to walk 15km this week ! Now with my pool training I will set some goals for number of lengths I want to accomplish in a week as well !!!! (as soon as I'm comfortable swimming 1 length of

Wish me luck !!!

Have a great week everyone !!

Monday, November 16, 2009

Jingle Bell Run !

YaY !! We did it ! Our Team "Daring Dozen" walked the 10km in 1 hour and 44 minutes !!!! We were the only team that walked the entire 10 km course, so we were of course the last ones to finsih. :-) I am so excited that so many of my friends joined in to support me for the walk. It was great to finally reach a goal I set of being able to do 10km at once ! The last couple of Km's were a bit of a challenge but with a little push ( my team mates it was all good !
It was alittle disappointing that with all our hard work, the coordinators were disassembling the timers and everything when we arrived and everyone was leaving ! What's up with that anyway, like walking 10km isn't as important as running it...geesh !!!
I felt pretty good walking but once I stopped at the end, it was like someone strapped a piece of plywood to my back and ! Thank goodness for ice, an epson salt bath and chiropractor appt !!! Muscles are a bit sore but really not too bad ! The blister on the ball of my foot hurts more...LOL !!

Thanks again to my Teamies and to everyone that pledged for the 10km ! I'm now at 51% of my fundraising goal !!! A great feeling to be past the 1/2 way mark ! :-)

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Dam Hip !!

So after 2 chiropractor appointments my hip is feeling a bit better. I was still able to keep up with my walking this week with my new Joints in Motion Teamie !! I wasn't able to meet my goal of 35km this week but I didn't want to push myself too much especially when my 10km walk is tomorrow (sunday Nov 15) . I contemplated switching to the 5km route but I really want to do the 10km, hoping that it will push me to the next level where I can walk 10km once a week after this. (I and my It's going to be a great walk and hopefully my 11 other team mates won't have to listen to me whine every step of the way about my !!!
We have decided on a team color of yellow since it's a healing color, I was wondering if I should just dress up in a banana suit...LOL !!!!

I will post tomorrow and let you know how the 10 km Jingle Bell Walk was !!! :-)

Fundraising is at 51% wooohoooo !!! Only 49% to go !!!! Thanks everyone!!!

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Lots of Change !!!!!

Wow it's been a couple of weeks of change change and more change. So do you want the bad news, good news or GREAT news first?!?
We have had some great news as far as our family is concerned...our youngest 2 children are now officially adopted, so we are very excited about that. As you probably read in my profile my children are a huge part of life and inspiration and now all 3 are finally adopted after much waiting.

This past week I spent 4 days in Banff with hubby while he was at a conference and had a great time. I so enjoyed the indoor and outdoor pools, especially with my hip giving me so much grief these days, the water exercise felt really good. I also managed to get in a massage which helped a bit too.

I did get some disappointing news but it has all turned around to be great news !!! The Arthritis Society had to cancel the trip to Vienna in April so I was asked to choose another destination. They said this was the first time ever they have had to pull a team from a destination. So after much thought and discussion I have decided to do the Athens Greece 2010 destination. The only challenge with doing Athens is there is no 1/2 Marathon, it's a full marathon !!!! I do have a couple of extra months to prepare for the full so hopefully it's enough time. The great news about doing Athens, is now I have a long time friend that is joining me. She has decided to join the Joints in Motion Team and take this journey along with me. I am very excited about her decision to join me.

Our "Daring Dozen" team is only a week away from the Jingle Bell Walk/Run for the Arthritis Society, it's Nov 15 at Heritage Park in Calgary. We are entered to do the 10km !

The other GREAT news is my fundraising is at 50%..wooohoo thanks everyone, your continued support means the world. Although my destination has changed and gives me a couple of extra months, my goal is to have my fundraising completed by April so that I can focus solely on my training.

Enjoy your weekend and I look forward to continuing to work towards my goal of 35km of walking this week. :-)