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  1. FIT
    good Getting something in 00:30

    My work is crazy this week. I've missed a run and skipped a workout, and been at my desk after midnight each night. Finally, today, I said "Enough!" and took 30 minutes for myself.

    ... read more

    • Bob B.
      Bob B.

      Great news on the better movement in your shoulders and pecs, Karen! And good for you getting these 30 minutes in with all the regular work that you have!

      8 months ago Like1 person

  2. RUN
    great Moderate-to-hard-pace run 2.5 mi 00:27 10:52 pace

    Hid in the treeline at the park for this run to stay out of the wind. Haven't run here in ages--forgot how pretty *and* hilly it is. Nice to have some terrain variation for once.

    Did this as ... read more

    • Jeff J.
      Jeff J.

      Nice going K2! ...And Runkeeper!

      9 months ago Like1 person

    • Bob B.
      Bob B.

      11 (?) Intervals with very short Recovery. GREAT, Karen!

      9 months ago Like1 person

    • Karen J.
      Karen J.

      Thanks, Jeff! Heh, K2--like the mountain! I like it.=D
      ************************
      Shoot, Bob, when you put it like that, that was a great workout! (I don't count total intervals when I run for distance like this.) Thanks!

      9 months ago Like2 people

  3. walk
    good W/u and c/d 1.11 mi 00:19 17:18 pace

    We went over to the park to do our respective runs because it was so windy. 5:00 before run, as usual. A little longer than usual (14:00) for cooldown, because I was waiting for him to come back fr... read more

  4. FIT
    good Saturday yoga 00:35

    The yoga series I've been doing (the one with limited arm involvement that's designed for people who are post-breast-cancer surgery). It really makes me feel better.

    • Bob B.
      Bob B.

      Good, Karen. My beliefs: If it feels good, do it; If it tastes good, eat it; If ...

      9 months ago Like1 person

    • Karen J.
      Karen J.

      There's a Better Than Ezra song that says basically that, too! (Except that it urges, "If it tastes fine, then drink", instead of anything about eating.) =)

      9 months ago Like1 person

  5. FIT
    good Strength Training (Friday night) 01:05

    My therapist suggested that (because exercise does make me feel better, even if it frustrates me sometimes) I should try to get just a few minutes every day, even if it's at an odd time, and e... read more

    • Bob B.
      Bob B.

      Great work, Karen! And I'm glad you can do that strength work without harming the surgical work in front. Keep it up!

      9 months ago Like1 person

    • Troy A.
      Troy A.

      Very nice unorthodox training!

      9 months ago Like1 person

    • Karen J.
      Karen J.

      Thanks, Bob--I had to be very careful for a long time, especially with respect to my incisions. They are now healing nicely, but I still need to be cautious. There is progress, which is heartening.
      *****************
      Thanks, Troy--it's unorthodox only in that I did it late at night (which actually is normal for me--since diagnosis, I have a lot of trouble getting to sleep). The workouts themselves were ultra-orthodox for breast cancer surgery people! =)

      9 months ago Like2 people

  6. walk
    good Walking for training and tamo... 3.3 mi 00:50 15:09 pace

    Training plan called for a 50-minute walk on Thursday, and I had to go up to the CVS to get my tamoxifen anyway, so I multitasked this.

    It was plenty warm and the oak pollen was crazy. I was gla... read more

  7. RUN
    great Speedwork--shorter recoveries 2.24 mi 00:26 11:36 pace

    Oh, snap. This was a good workout!
    I was a little apprehensive because:
    1. It's warm and windy out (not good lymphedema-avoidance weather).
    2. The plan called for *3 more* fast intervals than ... read more

    • Bob B.
      Bob B.

      Those Interval workouts are short, but intense! Very nice work, Karen.

      9 months ago Like1 person

    • Karen J.
      Karen J.

      That's the beauty of only training for a 5K!!! All the workouts are short! Yay! (I tried doing 10K training, but it was just too much for me to handle. That was a hard admission to make, but a necessary one. I end up having to admit things like that to myself all the time since the cancer.)

      9 months ago Like1 person

  8. walk
    good W/u and c/d 0.7 mi 00:12:00 17:08 pace

    Completely unsurprising--the usual 5:00 before and 7:00 after.

  9. FIT
    alright Rest day ROM work for upper body 01:05

    **31 minutes of this was arm/shoulder work designed to help me regain range of motion in my upper and decrease soreness around my implants. I have a lot of pain in this area every day, y'all.
    ... read more

    • Troy A.
      Troy A.

      You are doing great and encouraging others. Don't look back but press forward with the drive that makes you who you are, BEAUTIFUL! Nice workout!

      9 months ago Like2 people

    • Bob B.
      Bob B.

      You get tired of it, but it has to be done. That's your dedication showing.

      9 months ago Like1 person

    • Karen J.
      Karen J.

      Troy, you are too kind--thank you!
      ********
      Bob, thank you for the support. I appreciate you recognizing the dedication beneath my cranky frustration (because that dedication is, indeed, what underlies my actions, even when I'm fed up).

      9 months ago Like1 person

  10. RUN
    alright Moderate/hard effort 2.5-miler 2.72 mi 00:29 10:44 pace

    Oh, I know. It says "2.5-miler" right there in the title...so why did I run 2.72 miles? Because the dang Runkeeper app didn't sound the "workout completed" notification. No... read more

  11. walk
    alright W/u and c/d 0.75 mi 00:12:30 16:40 pace

    5:00 before, 7:30 after (was a little further from home than usual when the run part of my workout ended).

  12. RUN
    good Speedwork 2.14 mi 00:25 11:40 pace

    Oh, I know...that pace does not look speedy AT ALL. Yeah, I hear you.
    Bear with me:
    This workout was [1:00 fast + 1:30 slow/recovery] X 10.

    I walked the recoveries. Why not? I had cancer, y'a... read more

  13. walk
    alright W/u and c/d 0.71 mi 00:12:00 16:54 pace

    5:00 before, 7:00 after. Like clockwork.

  14. RUN
    great Wednesday Moderate-to-Hard Run 2 mi 00:21 10:30 pace

    The plan thinks I should be running most of the distance, but the plan can stuff it. I like my R/W intervals. And until I'm fitter, I'm keeping them.

    I did the 2 miles with 2:00 R/:20 W ... read more

  15. walk
    alright W/u and c/d 0.69 mi 00:12:00 17:23 pace

    That's 5:00 before the run itself (as Runkeeper demands) and 7:00 after (as per my preference).

  16. FIT
    great Tuesday Yoga X-Train 00:33

    I did this sequence, which is *amazing*: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M9RF9BSk_4Q

    One of the most painful and unnerving things about my post-mastectomy body is how restricted my range of motion... read more

    • Bob B.
      Bob B.

      Great that you found that video! I never thought of what a girl has to go through AFTER the mastectomy and reconstruction work. Heck all the muscles have been stretched, moved, whatever else. Yes, you do have a lot of work to do to get things right again. But, as Jeff says, you are now 'Karen 2'. I believe Karen 2 will be better than Karen 1.

      9 months ago Like1 person

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    • Karen J.
      Karen J.

      Also, Bob--yep. Karen 2.0 has things in places they don't belong, and pectoral muscles that are unhappily stretched beyond their pre-cancer capacity. I am almost never actually physically comfortable. And I have to be so careful even about stupid stuff, like twisting a stubborn jar lid open. It is not easy.

      9 months ago Like

    • Bob B.
      Bob B.

      Rough stuff. Hope I never get that dreaded disease. Nor my wife, kids, anyone!

      9 months ago Like1 person

  17. walk
    alright 5k training plan compliance 2.9 mi 00:50 17:14 pace

    All this plan required of me today was that I walk for 50 minutes, and that's exactly what I did.
    I guess I can be grateful that I'm not where I was 4.5 months ago, just after the surge... read more

  18. RUN
    blah Causeway FunD Run 5K 3.1 mi 00:32 10:11 pace

    You know, it's funny how when you don't formulate and follow a race plan, you don't get the race you want.

    I did this all kinds of wrong (for me):
    *ran the first 10:00 without taki... read more

    • Bob B.
      Bob B.

      I think you did GREAT, Karen! After training for only a month, you ran a time and pace that most people could never do. You have lots of natural ability. All you need is TIME and consistent workouts in that time. And there IS 'going back to before-cancer (you)'. Just give yourself a chance. It takes a year of solid workouts to get in great shape. You've had a major, major operation, and then no real training yet. YOU WILL BE BACK!

      9 months ago Like1 person

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    • Karen J.
      Karen J.

      Thank you, Jeff! I really needed to hear that it's okay to be pissed off. I *am* pissed. Cancer sucks. Too many people tell me "you look great, so you must feel great". Wrong! They piss me off.

      9 months ago Like1 person

    • Karen J.
      Karen J.

      I also like thinking of this time as me working all the stupid cancer-related bugs out. That really helped. Thank you for that as well, Jeff. (I hope Karen 2.0 isn't like Windows 8, though.) It's time for a Churchill mindset, not a Chamberlain one! As the former said, "Success is the ability to go from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm".

      9 months ago Like2 people

  19. RUN
    good Over here in SELA 2.3 mi 00:26 11:17 pace

    So, this time and distance includes 5:00 of walking warmup (cuz Runkeeper makes me do it that way).
    Then it was 2 miles of R1:20/W:20 intervals. This was a steady-state run (according to the plan I... read more

    • Bob B.
      Bob B.

      So you've been running since Feb. 2! Sneaky devil you. Should have posted your workouts. Today was an excellent run. You're pretty fast, getting down to 8:30 pace! Good luck in your 5k this weekend. And thank you for the free shirt offer. I don't have any races lined-up for awhile, though. We're in Anthony, NM, where we go each winter, and all I do is train here. We'll be home mid-April. Keep posting; I enjoy reading your workouts!

      9 months ago Like

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    • Jeff J.
      Jeff J.

      I will totally do a 5k for you Karen! I'll do one this weekend. And since I haven't been running at all I can absolutely guarantee it will be the slowest 5k I've ever done! Yay!

      9 months ago Like2 people

    • Karen J.
      Karen J.

      Well, I can guarantee this weekend's 5k will be my slowest race time ever, so we'll both be in the same (very slow-moving) boat. Thank you so much, Jeff! It means the world to me!

      9 months ago Like1 person

  20. Shared Photo

    Sometimes people vanish because they're tired of DM...but sometimes it's because sh*t goes wrong in their lives. I was diagnosed with bilateral breast cancer in August 2015--total mastect... read more

    • Bob B.
      Bob B.

      Karen!! I had wondered about you. I'm so sorry that all this happened. But you have taken the initial and major steps to combat that enemy. You will defeat it entirely. There is no doubt in my mind. But I still feel for you. You already know to begin slowly. A little bit as much as possible is the best thing you can do. I'm with you all the way. Please keep us posted on how you're doing. You're a Champion.

      9 months ago Like2 people

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    • Jeff J.
      Jeff J.

      Wow Karen. I could prattle on about how you're doing great and very brave and all that kind of crap but instead I'll just keep it short and say F*** cancer.

      9 months ago Like2 people

    • Karen J.
      Karen J.

      Thanks, Jeff. Appreciate it very much. This has been hard as sh*t.

      9 months ago Like1 person