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Soggy rebif run

Friday, May 9th, 2014

Why do I call it a rebif run? Well, cause this morning I woke up, grabbed my rig and shot up with the junk. I really shouldn’t make it sound as if I am a junkie, but maybe I am? I say that because my disease modifying drug seems to make my runs go better. I have no idea if this is a real thing or not. Perhaps it is just isolated to my particular physical system, as I have never heard anyone else mention a rebif “boost” but I seem to get it. Makes me wonder if ms folk need to be banned from competition for taking rebif. Does this diminish the success stories of msers running in marathons? Is rebif the next steroids! I honestly don’t think that those of us who have been diagnosed with ms have an advantage over others in the competitive arenas, but maybe we actually do. This could actually be a good thing for ms people as we could get some competition price wise with the black market. I would love to see big pharma squeezed out by my neighborhood pushers! I would be much happier going to my local gym and handing over $50 for a rack of rebif than spending $4k+ for 12 doses from CVS Caremark. This way I also wouldn’t have to deal with the excessive packaging I get from CVS as well. Of course there probably would be a quality hit with getting my injections from Bruno. But what real assurance do I have that my syringes aren’t filled with sugar water? I have never tasted my rebif. Perhaps the sugar boost explains the improvements inm my runs? Perhaps not. Still, some competition for big pharma would be welcome.

So what is the boost I get from rebif? I found this article that indicates just the opposite (sort of) http://www.ehealthme.com/ds/rebif/exercise+tolerance+decreased. The study does say that only women seemed to be negatively affected in terms of exercise by taking DMDs. While the study says there is this decrease in exercise tolerance, the “study” looks to have only had three people involved? Is that right? I would say that is more of a “guess” than a “study”. But what do I know? Still the rebif boost I get seems to be real for me, I have seen it somewhat consistently for years. So it isn’t all bad news for msers! Today I managed my full 5 mile run without walking the hills for the first time in awhile. It wasn’t like I flew up the hills passing disgruntled reed students by like leaves in the wind (there was actually nobody around on account it was so early in the morning – 11AM). Plus it was raining. Actually the real rain didn’t hit until I was out of the canyon and back in Woodstock. Then the skies opened up on me. My last mile I may as well have been swimming.

Couple of 10k runs

Friday, June 1st, 2012

Being that I have been way too lax in the running dept. I am extremely glad I got two six milers in during the last two days. I hadn’t run in over a week and it felt like I was getting into bad patterns exercise wise. Hopefully I will be able to get in as many as possible this summer, but I am gonna be busy with the music. We played at the coast this weekend and I almost brought my shoes, but I wimped out. I still have yet to run on the beach, bucket list.

Yesterday’s first run of the two was hard, but doable. I felt like I was going really slow, but that’s ok. I felt like the last half required a good amount of pushing myself to keep going, but I felt pretty strong dealing with energy drain for the most part. Around the middle of the run I noticed a weakness in my right leg, very slight but noticeable. It only seemed to really happen for a minute or two though I sort fo felt a lingering hangover sort of speak for 15 minutes or so, then I don’t remember it being an issue. But the feeling did have sort of a similar feeling to the spells I had. Also I had some limpness during that whole flare up. And on today’s run it wasn’t there at all.

Today’s run was really hard. My legs were a bit sore from yesterday and doing leg lifts (even though I wasn’t running, I have been doing some leg lifts…) it was something and I was feeling it in my core at the start (sort of faded away as I warmed up after a couple of miles). The last half was brutal and it was really muggy. Running through the canyon just saps it out of me. Sort of like a sweat house. Hmm, maybe I have stumbled onto the next running fad…hot running. I had to stop and walk coming up the hill out of reed. Then I continued on a bit further and walked at the next little hill. I started up again for the last mile home and made it to the house and even did a little add on to reach six miles with my dog watching and wagging her tail.

With all the long breaks I have been taking recently I have been really concerned that I was stopping the running. I have gone through streaks in my life of not running and I don’t want to stop doing it. My grande ms experiment cannot come to an end! So it won’t. I just have to get back nto making it a regular thing. And I will.

Sunny base 10k run

Saturday, March 10th, 2012

What a nice day today, almost perfect running weather. I am finding myself craving some warm runs, but that is coming soon. I was clad in just shorts and a short sleeved shirt today. I started with a warmer shirt, but it was soon around my waist. My speed was under 10 min miles, but just by 6 seconds or so.

I have to say my lungs are feeling really good. If you are using marijuana for ms (or fun for that matter) the vaporizer is the way to go. No smoke, just hot vapor to breathe in. Its the way to go. I think the smoking of pot was interfering with my breathing, making me cough and I had trouble coming back from a bad cold this year. I have only used the vaporizer for a month now and feel much better. I cough a lot less and just feel like I am taking deeper breaths. I haven’t really experienced a huge running benefit yet, but I was able to bounce back from taking a week break from running recently.

Today marked the third run in four days and I felt really good. The cold is coming back so that will be my next challenge. But I think I’ll be able to keep up the runs.

I ran into Zach, the guy in charge of keeping the canyon maintained. He was putting up “Canyon Day” signs so I had to commit to going. I haven’t been in a number of years, so I guess it is about time I do it again. I’ll be pulling up ivy and planting ferns in the western end of the canyon, but not until the end of the month. Zach got a good head start on his marketing!