Saturday, December 15, 2018

Streak is hanging in there

I took a decongestant for my sinuses  this morning, as recommended by my nurse.  Felt a little better today, but still have a fever.  I am sleeping all over the house at night, trying to find a spot and position to reduce the shoulder pain.  I went back to the park this afternoon and got in a mile+ run on the park roads.

Friday, December 14, 2018

Now, fever

I assume that it is a sinus infection, but I had a fever today.  Stayed on the couch all day, except to go run.  Not easy, I bundled up and went to the park and ran a little over a mile on the park roads.  I have been in contact with my nurse this evening on what I can or can't do without delaying my surgery next Thursday.

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Park roads

I met up with the group this evening and ran 2 miles on the park roads.  I did not know Lorie took my photo until after she posted it on my FB page.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018


I "slept" in a chair last night to reduce the shoulder pain.  Tried to nap all day to make up for lost sleep.  I am suppose to run the Santa Hustle Half Marathon in Galveston on Sunday, but cancelled my hotel reservations today.  My surgery is a week from tomorrow and I am looking forward to it.  I have been through it before and the rehab is rough.  Keeping my streak going will be tough.  Starting tomorrow, I cannot take any Aleeve or other pain killers until after surgery.  It is going to be a long week.  In the meantime, I ran laps at the track this evening, wearing my sling.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Another rough night

I slept most of last night sitting up on the couch in the living room.  Less shoulder pain in the upright position.  This evening, I met up with the group and ran 2 miles on the park roads, wearing a sling.  I had two people driving by stop and asked me what was wrong.

Monday, December 10, 2018

Surgery scheduled

Rough night last night; shoulder pain kept waking me up.  I had an MRI at 9:30 this morning and 4 p.m. doctor's appointment.  In between, I ran 2 miles on the roads at the park.  The doctor looked at the MRI results and scheduled me for arthroscopic surgery on December 20.  I will probably have to forfeit some races I have already signed up for, but my goal is to eliminate the pain and keep my streak alive.

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Sunday at the park

Last night, I reached down to the switch on the floor to turn off my computer and pulled something in my shoulder.  Back to more pain all night.  This afternoon, I did go out to the park and get in 2 miles on the park roads.

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Reindeer Run and Jingle Bell 5K

Early this morning, I drove over to Lufkin (hour and a half) to run the Reindeer Run at the zoo.  Cold, windy and rainy.  Normally, it is a 5K, partly through the woods.  However, there was so much rain earlier, the trails were underwater or at least too wet.  So, they changed the course to the paved road around the zoo; 5 loops.  Turned out to be 3.64 miles.  I finished in 47:12 and got first in the 70 and over age group.  I was the only one.  From there, I drove an hour down to Livingston to run the Jingle Bell 5K.  I finished in 40:45, but they had no age group competition.  Then, an hour-drive back to Huntsville.  My shoulder did not hurt so much last night and this morning, so I did not wear my new sling during the races.

Friday, December 7, 2018


I ran laps at the track yesterday morning and then operated the club's race clock for a series of races at a local school during the afternoon.  Then, I went down to Cypress for the Huntsville-Fort Bend Marshall High School playoff game.  I did not get back until near 1 this morning.  It was 50 degrees today and rained all day.  I ran in my old neighborhood, Forest Hills, in the rain this afternoon.  I ran for 17+ minutes, so that was one mile +.  No change in the shoulder and the inflammation in my big toe is worse today.  I have two 5K races tomorrow.  I bought an arm sling today and plan to wear it during the races to minimize the arm movement.  Really look forward to Monday for my MRI and hopefully a decision of how and when to fix my shoulder.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Sleeping in a recliner did not help

I tried to sleep in an upright position last night to ease the shoulder pain.  It did not help.  Can't wait to get the shoulder fixed.  In the meantime, I went to the track this evening and ran 1.25 miles.

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Another rough night

Seems like I was up most of last night with shoulder pain.  I think I will sleep in a chair tonight, less pain when I am in an upright position.  I did get back to Iron Works late this afternoon for a limited workout and then went to the track and ran laps.  The park is closed for squirrel hunting until noon, Thursday.

Monday, December 3, 2018


Today was my 3,333rd consecutive day of running.  Ran 2 miles on the state park roads this evening (with my right hand in my pocket).  Was up most of last night with shoulder pain.  I had my doctor's appointment this afternoon.  After Xrays and examination, he concluded that I probably had a rotator cuff tear.  He scheduled me for an MRI on December 10 and visit with him later that day.  He insinuated that most repairs are done now by arthroscopic surgery.  He knows my streak well and said that he did not want to be the doctor who made me break it.  That's somewhat reassuring, but I know that I have more pain to endure and more runs to do with my hand in my right pocket or arm in a sling.

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Texas 10 Series Conroe 10-Miler

I got up this morning and drove down to Conroe for the Texas 10 Series 10-Miler.  Was not sure if I was going to run or just pick up my packet.  My big toe hurt, but I decided to go for it.  The toe was very painful for a couple miles, but not too bad after that.  I opted not to wear a sling for my right arm, but I paid for that the second half of the race and for the rest of the day.  My shoulder is hurting.  I am not sure what my finish time was, but somewhere around 2:25:00.  The chip timing system did not pick me up.  I emailed the race and maybe they can recover my time.  In any case, I was the only one over 70 and got a first place age group award.  My appointment with the orthopedic surgeon is tomorrow, so he should confirm the rotator cuff tear and decide how to fix it.

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Missed my 5K

Late last night, the inflammation in my right toe joint began to get much worse.  Throbbing pain all night.  After treating it all day, I ran a painful mile at the track late this afternoon.  Ten-mile race tomorrow morning.  We will see.

Friday, November 30, 2018

Weak and dizzy

I woke up weak and dizzy this morning, but managed to get a mile run in at the track.  I feel better this evening, but still faced with shoulder and big toe pain.