I am going to pull out one of the most pathetic excuses for a short post: paralysis. I went down for my nap and woke up not only paralyzed on my entire left side and mostly paralyzed on my right side but I had crossed my left foot over the right while I slept (trapping it). I also had my hands twisted together. It was ludicrous. For once I was glad Linda has been home with the cough as I was reduced to making mild hooting noises out of the right side of my mouth until help came. “oot!” Pause “oot!” Puase.
This sometimes occurs when I am exhausted and I seem to have a “short” in the brain/nerves. Linda came and tried to communicate with me. “Do you want to get out of bed?”
“I’m taking that as a yes. I’m going to get your walker.”
“oot? Uet? Oot!”
“I can’t tell what you are saying.”
She separated the hands and my right index finger could squeeze so we played yes and no and I was TRYING to let her know that during this questioning she was sitting on my LEFT hand which I was hoping didn’t break anything since I couldn’t feel it. Anyway, she got that I was in no shape for the walker and got the wheelchair, lowered the hospital bed and transferred me out (wow, that medical equipment comes in handy).
It turns out that Dragonvoice 9 doesn’t work that well when all you have are weird vowel sounds. And I couldn’t type even with the right hand for a couple hours so Linda put me on oxy and gave the right hand the mouse (so I could play anime on the computer), and a drink with a straw (that suck and swallow very good for not breathing it). Anyway, about three hours later my left fingers unclenched. Which is where we are here.
That seems a good intro into my doing this 10K on Sunday. It goes around my neighborhood and starts about three blocks away and with all the training in Japan I figure I should use it before I lose it (and I will lose it because keeping up that level of effort was making too many breakdowns). Still, 10K, woo hoo!
Just to make sure I did 9K two days ago on what people told me was the first sunny day in weeks. I did the hill I knew I would have to do in the 10K. It is here, by the “duck pond” (we are an inventive bunch, we Victorian’s) and the tree.
Whoever organized the race is a little short term thinking as they have put the wheelchairs BEHIND the elite runners, behind the joggers, and behind the “moms with three wheelers or other baby carriers.” All very nice but even though there were only six wheelies last year the fastest finished in 25 minutes. That is 4 minutes plus a mile. Which means someone, maybe all of them will have racing chairs and I will be there in my everyday chair. Racing chairs are long and go FAST, like 40 MPH down the hills we are going down. And they put them BEHIND all the runners AND the baby carriers? The slowest wheelchair last year finished faster 1 minute slower than I did at my best as able bodied (I will make a new “slowest wheelchair time” this year, I promise!). Oh well, I guess that is what the ambulances are there for, to pick up all the able bodied runners run over by the wheelchairs?
It was a very good day on Monday for training as it was clear blue and the colors pop as Linda came and met me once my speech was all slurry and took this pic from the path I used as my training route. Pretty, but going up and down to ocean level means lots of hells….oh, I must have meant hills.
Actually, I think I have Ruth or Goldfish to thank for this inspiration of the 10K because when I did the 5K they said it was my “best time” and I did that about atrophy and the 5K. And I thought, “Hey, I just found I have atrophied a lot; and I won’t be able to do a 10K again….let’s make another ‘best time’” I think that is how the logic went. However it goes, I just want you to know this isn’t a typical harebrained scheme but a historically inspired scheme. There is a difference.
It would be nice if I could stop taking the continuous painkillers and muscle relaxants from the training I did on Monday. At least by Sunday.
Now, the question is: should I wear the black wings during the race or not? (If you don’t know what I am talking about look here)
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