Sunday, February 16, 2014
Cleared to Sprint - Getting my Life Back
I told him what was up with me.
-I was running once or twice a week and while it was making my head hurt, I was recovering from that pretty quickly. Last time I ran, it would make my head hurt for two weeks!
-I had gone on a few bike rides that were hard and my head hadn't really hurt from it. One of the rides had hills! Last year I couldn't do that.
-I was strength training and, as long as I was careful, it wasn't bothering my head
-I can swim pretty much as much as I want without any impact on my head
-There are periods every day where it feels like I am completely recovered and never hurt my head. Sometimes these last almost all day.
-The running definitely bothers my head. I have at least one period a day where I feel like someone hit me in the head (on the spot where I crashed) that lasts for at least 5 minutes (but sometimes for hours)
-I'm only working out two times a week and to train for a triathlon, I need to swim and bike at least once a week, and run at least two times, and do strength training one time too. I could probably do the training I need, if I stopped running but mentally I need to do the running.
-He said I could go up to 75mg of Topamax from the 50mg.
-And I can train for a Sprint Triathlon but only if I go really slowly on the running. I'd been doing the Couch-to-5K which is a nine week program. He suggested I take 12 weeks to move up to the 5K instead.
-Also, I need to listen to my head and adjust based on what is going on with it.
So that's what I'm doing.
It's working out pretty well so far. Last week I didn't feel up to running two times, but this week being on 75mg for a whole week, I do.
I am not swimming or biking regularly yet, but I plan to do a New to the Sport type plan with a club near my work starting in March and hope by then to be up to it.
Here is what my week looks like right now:
Monday - rest
Tuesday - run at Campbell Track - Come Run with Me
Wed. - rest
Thurs. - rest
Friday - Serious Strength at Integrate Performance (love this workout!)
Sat - rest
Sunday - run near my house
I am trying to decide between the Morgan Hill Sprint in May or the Folsom Sprint in June. Well, I'll definitely do Folsom (assuming no set-backs). The question is whether I also do Morgan Hill.
There is also a Super-Sprint in Half-Moon Bay in April that is tempting me. I'm already swimming more than a mile when I do swim (about every two weeks) and my last bike ride was 7+ miles and my last "run" was 2+ miles. I think in 6 weeks, I can be biking 9 miles and running 2.5. Plus Half-Moon Bay is pretty!
I don't know if you can tell, but I feel so excited right now. I feel like I'm getting my life back.