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Running for ME/CFS no. 41

The drive leading to the hotel.

The drive leading to the hotel.

Okay; so I was due to do a 25-minute brisk walk each of the Sundays I was away. No problem. In fact, we walked a good deal on the island where we holidayed, much of it on steep and rocky slopes. So I fulfilled that requirement.

On the Wednesdays, I was expected to do a mix of alternate running and walking, and I managed the first of these sessions quite easily, using the stony and sloping drive that led from the main road to the hotel. The second attempt never materialised as I managed to rick my back, again! However, I made up for that lack by swimming. Each day that we spent by the pool I made sure I completed at least 30 lengths. That was possible, as the water supported my weight.

The Friday sessions were supposed to be specific distances, but, since my back was not up to such activity, I didn’t manage either of these. I did, however, swim in the pool and in the Med on a number of occasions, so I kept up the necessary activity at least.

Now back in England, I called the doctor’s surgery this morning to learn the outcome of my x-ray and discovered that the results were ‘within the normal parameters’, whatever that might actually mean. But, at least, there appears to be no specific damage. I’m due to see a physiotherapist early in August, so I’ll continue with the exercises I’ve been doing until I receive more specific advice from that expert.

And, now back at home and sleeping in my own bed, I expect my back will settle down again. We’ll see what Wednesday brings, when I’m required to do 6 sessions of 3 minutes running and 2 minutes walking.

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5 Responses to “Running for ME/CFS no. 41”

  1. noelleg44

    Good going! Swimming is my main exercise from April to October, since we have a long season here for swimming – it’s the only thing that doesn’t exacerbate my OA. Good cardio and good for muscles! Happy sleeping in your own bed!

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    • stuartaken

      Sea swimming is great. But, here in UK it’s a non-starter for me as the sea is just too cold. Love swimming in the Med, though! Where do you swim, Noelle?


      • noelleg44

        I swim in our pool every day for about 90 minutes, but I grew up swimming in the ocean off New England where the water is really cold. So I usually start in the pool at the end of March or beginning of April when the temp of the water is 65 or so. I swim very fast!!

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