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Running…Day 12 Gluten Strikes!!!

After a day off to recover from the Tour de Bar, and actually to recover from the dietary issues is more to the point, it was time to hit the pavement running!

As I exited the front door, a chill of cold air hit me. Apparently, we must be in some sort of cold front! I did my usual stretching and began the run. As I suspected, there were no ill effects, physically, from the Tour de Bar. No cramping, soreness or anything else. Also, and what I was fearing, was the effect that ingestion of gluten has caused.

One of the effects of gluten is a bloating sensation. I am not referring to a little bit of gas type bloating. I am referring to the “third trimester” type of bloating usually associated with pregnancy. The bloating itself isn’t really an issue, it just means you have to go up a notch or two on your belt. Unfortunately, what happens with the excessive bloating is that it expands everything and something has to give. The “something” in my case, would be my lungs. It becomes very difficult to breathe and as far as taking deep, controlled breaths, that is out of the question.

Todays run was one mile. The first lap went well until the 3/4 point, where I began to have trouble breathing. As I ran the second lap, the problem worsened and as a result, I had to stop to catch my breath.

Some may consider this a step backward, but since I know the cause and the fact that hopefully, by Wednesday or Thursday, this issue should be resolved, I have high hopes of getting to the 1 1/2 mile mark by Friday.

According to the test strips, I am still in deep ketosis and as proof of that, I weighed myself this morning and the scale read 228 pounds. I am hoping that by tomorrow or Thursday, I’ll be back to the Sunday morning weight of 225 pounds.

For those that have gluten issues, and for those that don’t understand it, the reaction to gluten takes approximately one week to recover from. Over time, it can take years to recover from as your system gets so damaged, it needs time to repair itself.

To read about my issues, go here: Gloom of Gluten

If you have any of the symptoms, it might be a good idea to get tested. 1 in 135 people have Celiac disease…and do not know it. Others have some sort of food allergy and are usually diagnosed with the catch-all, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).


February 8, 2011 Posted by | Running | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Running Day 5…….Pain!

As there were no ill effects of yesterdays one mile run, I felt fairly confident that todays run would be much easier. Turned out, not to be the case!

The temperature was a balmy seventy degrees. The moon was full, and there was a medium fog present. As I am fighting whatever new disease Marshall has contracted, todays supplements included the addition of Echeneisha as well as two Nitrix pills. One was a good idea, the other was not!

The run began as usual, the hip issue reared its head, but within 5 seconds, I heard the familiar pop, and that pain was gone.

After the first leg of the run, my calfs began to tighten up, specifically the left one. I wear a brace that was prescribed to me by my Doctor. It is a “Unloader” brace and is supposed to take the pressure off of my damaged inner portion of my knee. I’ll have to say, so far, it is effective. Unfortunately, it requires adjustment and I would guess that this weeks running has cause my calf to grow a little bit and the lower strap that goes around my calf, was too tight. I unbuckled the strap and the tightness went away.

After the first lap, I did a light stretch in front of the house and off I went for the second lap. I made it through the second lap without any problems, except…that by this time, the Echenisha was beginning to make the return route through my throat! For the last two legs the taste in my mouth was not pleasant!

After making the final turn, the sprint to the finish was on. I made the sprint almost effortlessly. This could be due to the acclamation from running or the “boost” from the Nitrix. In any event, a successful run!

Thoughts after week one:

  1. It would appear as though I am in a little worse shape than I imagined, at least strength-wise.
  2. Endurance doesn’t seem to be a problem. After the tightness is gone, I should have no problem running any distance.
  3. The actual running portion is not nearly as bad as I expected.
  4. The supplements, particularly the Nitrix, work.
  5. It would appear, at least initially, that there have been no issues with the surgically repaired left knee. ๐Ÿ™‚

I will be taking Saturday and Sunday off…sort of….more on that later. ๐Ÿ™‚

January 21, 2011 Posted by | Running | , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Running..Day 4…1 Mile!

As I set here typing, I can feel the blood pumping through every part of my body! I am finally sweating, which hasn’t occurred in the previews runs! I suspect that is a good thing. My heart rate must be in the high 170s, at least, taking my pulse manually for 10 seconds, the math comes out to around 172.

Some may wonder what happened to Day 3? It was determined that Day 3 would be a rest day. Running, riding the bicycle and crawling in an attic, seems to have placed a strain on a bunch of my muscles! On to Day 4!

Day four started with the usual getting dressed, taking the vitamins and supplements, and stretching. Today, different from the other days, I spent five minutes stretching my calfs, quads, and hamstrings. After stretching, it was time to run!

This morning was to be the day to go twice around the block. I measured the block yesterday, and it is just a shade under 1/2 a mile. When I exited through our front door to the outside, I was met with a chill. Apparently, I didn’t read the weather report and the temperature must have been in the high 50s. I was guided in this run by a full, glowing moon! All of the stars were twinkling and the sky was clear. Seemed like a good omen! ๐Ÿ™‚

The run began as all the others had. I was running at a brisk pace, tracking each step, and breathing in rhythm. Things were looking good even though it appears as though, I have contracted some sort of respiratory issue. While at the park Tuesday, Marshall interacted with another boy whose Mother was periodically removing globs of boogers from her child’s nose. Guess who has a cough! ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

Meanwhile, back at the run…….A nagging issue has returned! This particular issue involves my hip. Apparently, from all of the years favoring my left leg, some sort of wear has taken place on my right hip. When riding a bicycle, my hip “locks up” for a period at the top of each stroke. If I swing my leg, while still having my feet placed on the pedals, the hip pops and all is well from there on out. I was trying to figure out how to perform this maneuver while running. Fortunately, after about 30 yards, it popped on its own!

Now I could proceed. I continued on the route as normal. About 3/4 of the way through, I started to breathe a little heavy, but controlling my breathing stopped that. First leg complete! After a 20 second stretching break in front of the house, it was time to go for lap two.

Lap two started out like the previous one, with the exception of no hip issue to deal with. I was running a little faster than lap one as I was eager to finish. While rounding the last corner, it was time to sprint. At this time, I developed a burst of energy and sprinted to the finish without any issues. One mile complete!

As I seem to be making progress, I can now add a few things that I have corrected this week.

  1. A shirt with an open collar is required. I cannot run wearing a T-shirt.
  2. Supplements. As I am 50, I take Centrum “Silver” vitamins. One a day. I also take Trigosamine for my joints.
  3. The strength building supplement of my choice is NoXplode, Lemon-Lime flavor. It is probably one of the best supplements for building muscle and recovery.
  4. Speaking of which, next week I will start taking NiTrix which helps replenish the nitrogen in your blood. Both products are manufactured byย  BSN. I’ll have a link to the products and where you can get them when my strengthening phase begins next week.
  5. No water before the run! Today was the first day I didn’t drink any water prior to running. It seemed to help. I did have a glass when I got home.

All in all, this week, to this point, has been successful. I haven’t managed to injure myself or fall down! I have also managed to lose the weight from Sundays carbohydrate/sugar binge! In all, I gained seven pounds in one day, which took four days to lose!!

Later today, I will be scouting the three gyms in our area and decide which one to join. It has become apparent, initially at my physical therapy sessions, and now during this running adventure, that my legs are weaker than I would like. And since I have always had strong legs, I am finding this issue particularly irritating.

Until tomorrow………………………………

January 20, 2011 Posted by | Running | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment