Monthly Archives: June 2018

Philippians 2:3 served with coffee

When I am with people who share my views, am I striving to advance my own ambitions, or can I set aside rivalry and conceit and put the the interests of others ahead of my own?

“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves,”  Philippians 2:3

Strive to humbly be of service to others.

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Couch to 5k: Standby

Well, prudence compelled me to make another trip to the chiropractor.  Since I could not shake the stiffness and pain in my left leg, I wanted to get his take on my situation.  Attempting to train with what he called a tissue injury turned out not to be a good thing.  Sore muscles can be worked but sore tissue needs rest.  So I am spending the next several days on the sidelines.

In the meantime my dogs, Brody and Jake, will miss going for a walk.

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Couch to 5k: Week 3, a comeback?

Following the advice given by my chiropractor, I am resorting to walking workouts.  That being said, I am still hurting from whatever it is that is I did to my body.  Stiff hamstrings and sore knees impact my ability to have a pleasant stroll let alone walk with the goal of running a 5k.

After a couple extra rest days, I carefully set out on walk number 1.  It seemed reasonable to shoot for 4 laps, walking at a casual pace.  Casual, there is something odd about the word being used in the same sentence as an all-weather track.  As I traversed the rubberized surface, a voice in my head repeatedly whispered, “Hey this is a track dummy, pick up the pace!”

Even though my legs were tight and stiff the entire time, I managed to cover the distance in 20.5 minutes.  The next morning my legs were not telling me I made a huge mistake so I tried walk number 2 the next day.  Because the stiffness in my legs hadn’t abated, I limited myself again to 4 laps.  My competitive nature coaxed me to walk a little faster for the first 3 laps before slowing down on lap 4.  My time was a little better, finishing in 19.5 minutes.

I will be stretching over the next 2 days to see if I can make the stiffness in my legs go away, otherwise it’s back to the chiropractor.  Hopefully, this tired old boat of a body can be restored.

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Trustworthy: 7

Without a doubt the most trustworthy friend we can embrace is the Savior of the world, Jesus Christ.  This hymn, written in 1855 by Joseph Scriven, says it best.father-2903781_960_720

What a Friend We Have in Jesus

1 What a friend we have in Jesus,
All our sins and griefs to bear!
What a privilege to carry
Everything to God in prayer!
Oh, what peace we often forfeit,
Oh, what needless pain we bear,
All because we do not carry
Everything to God in prayer!

2 Have we trials and temptations?
Is there trouble anywhere?
We should never be discouraged;
take it to the Lord in prayer!
Can we find a friend so faithful
who will all our sorrows share?
Jesus knows our every weakness;
take it to the Lord in prayer!

3 Are we weak and heavy laden,
cumbered with a load of care?
Precious Savior, still our refuge–
take it to the Lord in prayer!
Do your friends despise, forsake you?
Take it to the Lord in prayer!
In his arms he’ll take and shield you;
you will find a solace there.

Couch to 5k: Week 2 setback

I pressed too hard week 1 of my couch to 5k experience.  So much so that week 2 was a total washout (zilch).  A week and a half after later and I can barely walk.

I truly thought I messed up my back as I felt pain below my knees and tightness in my hamstrings.  The tightness and soreness came and went as I moved around but never went away.

My chiropractor would be able to tell me what was going on, so I paid him a visit.  I went in expecting him to discourage me from running because of my medical history.

“I’m confused,” I said. “My back never felt better.”

“It’s not your back,” he answered.  “If you ran cross country, your cardio and respiratory systems are likely in better shape than your muscles and tendons.  Remember you’re not 20 years old anymore.  Since they’re lagging behind, they’re complaining LOUDLY.”

We chatted more as he checked the alignment of my back and released various pressure points around my knees, back and hips.

“Why are you doing the couch to 5k anyway?”

Here it comes, I thought. Sorry Hasty this one’s on you.

“My pastor asked me to run a 5k with him this fall.  But it’s only a fun run.”

“You should have plenty of time to get ready then.  He’s my advice: focus strictly on walking.  Walk 2 miles around the track.  Work your pace up to 15 minutes per mile.  When you can walk 2 miles in 30 minutes you’ll be ready to try running.  Your muscles and joints should be caught up by then.”

“Thanks, doc!” I said, hearing the best news I could have imagined given my condition.

So walking it is!

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(Baby steps)

 

Couch to 5k: Week 1 Summary

action-1867700_960_720My goal for week 1 of the couch to 5k experience–test my body and my lungs.  Having run 50-100 miles a week during cross-country season (several decades ago), I wanted to know what, if anything, I had retained.  I decided to quantify my ability using a 400 meter track within walking distance of my house.

This Couch to 5k  plan schedules 3 training days per week with recovery days in between.  Because I was “testing” my body, I disregarded the suggested workouts for week one.  Workout 1 lasted 30 minutes.  It included walking to and from the track and jogging 400 meters (twice). I took a walking break in between each lap.  My body didn’t have much stamina I’m afraid, even though I’m an avid walker racking up 10-15,000 steps a day.  Still, I considered it a victory to be able to jog for 400 meters. I had a chance to fiddle with my stride and control my breathing.

Workout 2 also lasted 30 minutes.  This time I managed to squeeze in three 400 meter jogs, spending less time walking in between.  Workout 3 lasted almost 40 minutes and included four 400 meter jogs and walking breaks.  At no time did I find myself gasping for breath.  BUT my 60 year old body gave me some strong feedback!

As I sum up my Week one experience, two things immediately come to mind.  First, my body does not react to the stress of jogging like it did at age 20.  Though my mind remembers things like stride, pace and breathing, there is a gap between form and function.  Secondly, aches and pains at my age are more worrisome than when I was young and spry.  They must be listened to and taken care of.  Translation: I pressed too hard on my third workout knotting up the tendons and ligaments in my legs.

Stay tuned!