Running for ME/CFS no. 38

Part of my forest run.
Part of my forest run.

What happened to the ‘Writing’ bit? As followers of this blog will know, the book on ME/CFS is now written and selling. But, if you haven’t yet got your copy of M.E. and me: Chronic Fatigue, My Recovery After 10 Years, please click on this link.

The training continues apace. This was the last in a series of relatively similar training weeks. Things begin to move forward from here. I was programmed to complete a 10-minute run on Wednesday and I did this in the forest, as I’d been unable to run last week due to a back problem (I visit the hospital for an X-ray this Wednesday and have an appointment with the physio early in August). I found the run easy, but it was a useful ‘starter’. Friday saw me running my usual 20-minute trot through the forest and I covered a little more distance in a shorter time than previously; so, progress! Sunday was a 20-minute brisk walk, which I did with my wife through the village. I’m not sure how the training works, and why there’s an occasional walking session interspersed with the runs, but it seems to work, so I’m following the programme the organisers have laid out for me.

The next two posts in this series will give only details of the programme’s demands but no results. There’s a reason for this, which I’ll explain in a different post, Technophobe, Technophile, or Technosceptic?, later this week. But I should be back to normal posting by 13th July, so please bear with me.

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3 thoughts on “Running for ME/CFS no. 38

  1. Thanks for the update – so good to hear you are making progress! My husband just bought me some walking sticks, so that if the weather here ever gets below 95-100 degrees, I can take a walk. As of now, it’s many laps in the pool. A friend told me these poles take pressure off your knees and give your upper body a workout. We’ll see. As the proud owner of four artificial joints -two knees and two shoulders (thanks to OA and a lifetime of being an athlete), I have to keep them moving. Keep pushing!

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  2. I hope the weather fits in to make your walking easier – it’s such good exercise. Mind you, swimming is great, too: supports the joints as well. What sort of athletics did you indulge in? I was a boxer for a short while (in the RAF, as I discovered they fed the boxers better and I was one of the original 7 stone weaklings at 16!). But I’ve always been active (until ME took that from me, of course), played badminton, table tennis, danced, walked and done some running. It’s great to be able to be active again. Just come in from an afternoon in the garden, laying more paving slabs for the garden path and trimming the large hedge next door.
    You’re right: keep moving, otherwise old age will atrophy us!

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    • I played three varsity sports in high school, two in college, then continued with tennis and basketball (co-ed), then took up racket ball and jogging, then got hooked on exercise videos. You name it, I’ve done it!
      I love to sail but that’s not burning a lot of calories!

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