As many of you know, this offseason has been a trying on for me (Coach Rich). In October I was experiencing some shortness of breath on runs and some calf tightness. After a car trip my left calf was swollen with pain in the calf and left hamstring.
A visit to the doctor led to an ultrasound at the hospital, which led to a CT scan of my lungs, which led to me being admitted to the hospital with a DVT and multiple diffuse pulmonary embolli (PEs). In english, that means I had a clot in my leg (starting in the calf and progressing above the knee). Parts of the clot had broken free and lodged in/around my lungs. I was lucky. A significant proportion of PEs are found at autopsy.
I'm on medication (blood thinners) to prevent additional clotting while my body reabsorbs the existing clots. I've been cleared for "whatever exercise I can tolerate." Initially I could only run about 1/2 mile before the leg would swell and I would have to walk. Finally I was able to work up to 1, 2 and then 3 miles. At 3 miles I felt like I was actually working out again. Then I caught a cold - 2 weeks of no workouts. (wow this is coming off as a poor me entry - and I assure you - it's not)
I traveled to Duluth for my son's hockey tournament. Duluth and I have a running history. I ran Grandma's Marathon 14 months after my first 5k. I've run the 1/2 there multiple times. It's always a great weekend and I highly recommend it. Despite the cold forecast and the fact that I hadn't run in weeks, I packed the shoes and cold weather gear. The first morning I awoke to this:
The Lake path was clear of snow/ice. It was gorgeous! No excuses! I threw on my gear and headed out the door. Yes, I only ran 2 miles - but I was back out there and that was the import thing. Here's the lift bridge as seen from my turnaround.