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Workout: My Electric Run Experience for 2013

I realise it’s Thursday and not Wednesday. It’s taken me till now to figure out what day it is. I had this to go up last night, but forgot all about it sometime during Christmas shopping. So… here it is now… on a Thursday…

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Workout WednesdayIt’s Workout Wednesday time! It’s a chance for me to post about my progress with fitness. I’ve had M.E. (Myalgic Encephalomyelities or incorrectly titled Chronic Fatigue Syndrome) since 2005. When it first began I was in the 5-10% ability range – bedridden, unable to sleep, unable to tolerate noise, unable to do much of anything except lie inert in a dark room.

As you can imagine, muscle wasting occured and then I developed a blood clot. This blood clot went unnoticed until it travelled into my lungs and split into three blood clots. Such fun! The pulmonary embolism prompted me to get my body moving and now I’ve been building my strength back up, one workout session at a time.

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The Electric Run saw its debut in Australia when it was held at Sydney’s Olympic Park in November. It reached record numbers for fun-runs in Australia with twenty-thousand participants showing up. Twenty-nine thousand! I was one of them and the experience was awesome.

The Electric Run was my second fun-run, but I like to think of it as my first. Compared to the Glow Run, which was technically my first, the Electric Run blew it out of the water. It was one of the best physical, healthy experiences I have ever had in my life, regardless of the pouring raining and all the people. It was fantastic. Continue reading

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Workout: Re-learning how to Ride a Bike Part II

Workout WednesdayIt’s Workout Wednesday time! It’s a chance for me to post about my progress with fitness. I’ve had M.E. (Myalgic Encephalomyelities or incorrectly titled Chronic Fatigue Syndrome) since 2005. When it first began I was in the 5-10% ability range – bedridden, unable to sleep, unable to tolerate noise, unable to do much of anything except lie inert in a dark room.

As you can imagine, muscle wasting occurred and then I developed a blood clot. This blood clot went unnoticed until it travelled into my lungs and split into three blood clots. Such fun! The pulmonary embolism prompted me to get my body moving and now I’ve been building my strength back up, one workout session at a time.

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This post is a little bit of a story so I have divided it in half and part one went up last Wednesday. Before I get to it though, I have exciting news! Well, I’m excited about it. Guess what I’m doing tonight? Going rock climbing! Indoor rock climbing. I have never done it before and I’m quite surprised at my lack of nerves right now. I’m scared of heights. My fear of heights isn’t only reserved to being up high either. It includes tall objects, people, and animals (like horses and giraffes)… So this will be interesting! Anyway… back to the story…

When I was younger I loved my bike. I loved riding down my street, I loved careening down a hill with the wind swooshing past my body, and I loved the freedom of movement and speed Continue reading