2016 – Training diary Week 11

I really did rest on Monday. I spent the afternoon with my daughter and then took long hot bath with relaxing music in the evening. And so I was full of energy again on Tuesday.

Tuesday, March 22nd. I wanted to find out if I am able to run slowly. I heard on several forums people talking about loosing weight and getting into better condition when running slowly. So I tried.

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I have to admit I was not very successful. It is true that sometimes I run the first kilometer even under 6 mins/km but anyway, I wanted to run around 7 mins/km the whole time. On the other side it surprised me that I managed to finish 5 kilometers in 30:57 mins so it was just close to my long time goal – make it under 30 mins. Well, I have another race in more than 3 weeks so I really really hope I will make it there! It’s a real challenge for me now 🙂

Overall I ran 8,02 kilometers in 53:28 mins. I will have to try 10 kilometers sometimes soon to see if I am able to do it.

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Thursday, March 24th. I went to training with Lukas finally again after so many weeks. It was great! Only two more people there but great atmosphere. We did the running alphabet at the beginning as always and then some crazy planking and after that also hanging on our hands together with some hanging leg raises. I couldn’t feel the upper body the whole following weekend. But that’s what I love!

Friday, March 25th. I was travelling with my daughter to my parents by train. It normally takes around 3 hours so I was expecting to be exhausted and just relax. But! It was such an amazing weather that I just couldn’t stay at home. Moreover I managed to convince my dad to come with me. We decided to run up one hill close to our house to find out out how good/bad our condition was. Haha, that was real torture for both of us. When we finally crawled to the top we almost died.

I wanted to continue further so we didn’t finish the run after 2 kilometers and convinced my dad to continue with me. He is not much of a runner, he likes riding bike or playing squash more but he agreed. So we ran another about 2 kilometers and went home.

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Sunday, March 27th. On Sunday I asked my dad if we could go for a short ride on a bike. It was awesome sunny weather and I wanted to change the activity for once. He agreed and so we went. I was really enjoying the awesome nature in South Bohemia. We managed to ride 34.97 km and to be honest the last five kilometers were very very painful. On Monday I could hardly work. But I have to admit that I was kind of proud because I didn’t expect I could make it this many kilometers. Can’t wait for the next trip!

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Overall this week was pretty active. I think I will do the next one a bit more relaxing so I don’t cause me some injury or illness again.

2016 – Training diary Week 10

Monday, March 14th. This supposed to be intervals. 5 minutes warm up, 15 x (45 sec run on high intensity + 15 sec slow walk), cool down at the end. But the result does not look like that! Why do my interval runs always look more like normal run with few toilet pauses? Damn, I have to learn properly how to run intervals.

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Tuesday, March 15th. Today I just did some weight training but nothing much.

  • 20 + 10 push ups
  • 2 x 50 crunches with legs on chair
  • 2 x 30 squats with 2kg dumbbell
  • 20 kettlebell swings
  • few circles for my spine

After this training I had awesome salad with baked salmon on garlic and sour cream. So yummy!

Wednesday, March 16th. Today I decided to try the morning run once again. I am going for the first race on Saturday so wanted to try how good/bad my condition was. Well, I ran 5,6 km in 36 mins so it was not that bad. The race on Saturday will be one kilometer longer and more up and down but I believe it is manageable. Tomorrow I will go for training with Lukas and on Friday I will rest. Will see!

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Saturday, March 19th. Well, on Thursday I didn’t go for the training because from the morning I felt very bad. For first I had pretty strong depression and for second I felt very tired and had very strong head ache which even two painkiller pills didn’t help. In the end I went home earlier from work and was just resting. I also measured my pressure and found out I had 150/105 which scared me and better took one pressure lowering pill. Fortunately on Friday all was fine again. I have no idea what was wrong with me on Thursday but I was glad it was just one day and then all went to normal.

Anyway, today I went for the first race. I was afraid of it as I din’t train much and also the race was supposed to be up and down few hills. Fortunately it wasn’t that bad and most of the run I kept my normal pace around 6:40 min/km and was really enjoying the race. The worst was the last kilometer where the slope was too steep and I was more crawling than running – I did the last kilometer in 9,43 min/km 😀 But overall I am more than happy that I finished the race and got me my gingerbread medal!

Sunday, March 20th. I really wanted to rest today but my daughter wanted to go to aqua park so we went. We spent three hours there and among others climbed approx million times pretty high tower to toboggan so in the end I really felt my legs hurt. It’s even worse now, few hours later. I reaaaaaally need to rest tomorrow.

2016 – Training diary Week 9

Tuesday, March 8th. Today it was very cold and raining outside so despite I was really looking forward to going for my first run after the illness, I decided to postpone it and better do some training inside. After such a long time of almost not doing anything I was able to do more than I expected and it felt very good:

  • 150 jumping jacks with focus on engaging core
  • 2 x 60 crunches
  • 8 x 30 sec plank variations
  • 20 push ups
  • 30 squats
  • 2 x 15 donkey kicks each leg

Saturday, March 12th. About half a year ago I went to a course of chi running  which is supposed to be “running without effort” and should lower the chance of injury. Since then I started to use this technique and I must say that I really noticed big improvement. However, as I had lots of time to read many running theories during my illness, I found out that the whole time I was probably running in a wrong way.

So I decided to focus on improving my running style. During this run I wanted to breath with nose instead of mouth and into belly instead of lungs. Well, I managed to breath with nose around 400 meters than I almost collapsed. It was impossible! Will have to find out how to train for this. On the other side I managed to breath into belly the whole run so this won’t be a problem.

Overall the whole run felt very good and I didn’t feel any pain or struggle.  And in the end I was very happy because I ran further and faster than the last time before the illness, yay!

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Sunday, March 13th. Today I attended 3 hours workshop called “Spine full of life”. The guy who was leading the workshop showed us many ways how to actually improve the mobility and flexibility of our spine and probably even correct some dis-balances. Most of the moves were like dancing. Something like belly dance or Shakira-like dance or so. I must say that even at the end of the workshop I felt some improvement and I would like to try to do some moves every day for few weeks now like the guy suggested and see what it will do with my spine and overall with my flexibility. Can’t wait for tomorrow!

My running

I started to run in 2011 about half a year after my daughter was born and about 6 years after the 2nd transplantation. I just wanted to get rid of the extra kilos I gained during the pregnancy. I was using Endomondo application where I just found that my very first run happened on June 9, 2011. I ran 3,12 km in 22:57 mins with avg speed 8,1 km/h.

The first competition I ever joined was Prague Mattoni Grand Prix, run for 10 km on September 10, 2011, so about 3 months after my first run. I finished it in 1h:08m:34s with avg speed 8,9 km/h and felt very good. I was convinced that I would continue with training, join some more 10 km competitions and than I would go for half marathon.

Unfortunately after successfully completing my first competition, I somehow lost motivation and taste to run. Completely. So I didn’t run for several months until I registered myself for another competition again. This story repeated few times…I registered for some race, started to train about one month before it and made few months pause after it.

This changed last year. I cannot exactly say what happened or what caused the change but I suddenly started to enjoy running and instead of running to loose weight, I started to run because I was enjoying it. I started to run more and more and also started to read articles about how to train properly, how to rest, stretch, eat, etc. I just fell in love with running!

I also joined some running communities. The first one and to be honest the one closest to my heart is called “Wonderful women in run”, where we support each other not only in running. There are women (and also few men) who have just started and are happy for completing 1 km run together with those running ultra-marathons or triathlons. You can find information about this great bunch of people here (http://www.bajecnezenyvbehu.cz/) but the page is in Czech only.

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Among other activities we created group of people who finished the whole running series named RunTour which is being held in various cities around Czech republic. When you participate in 7 of 8 races, you become so called Golden RunTour Master and receive a glass ball trophy, special t-shirt and a medal. And we did! Together. It felt awesome!

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To be honest, lately I became a bit too much obsessed with achieving goals and forgot to take care more about my health. So at the moment my body is at strike and wants me to think more about my boundaries. I described it in the article Wake up call. I have to think more about what is still safe for me to do and what is already too much as I really don’t want to go back to dialysis.

But I love running! And I am not going to stop. The feeling is irreplaceable, nothing brings me the same joy and source of positive energy 🙂

 

Pregnancy and childbirth after transplantation

Having a baby after transplantation is pretty common but it is provided by more risks than pregnancy of healthy woman. Women on dialysis shouldn’t get pregnant at all because of unstable level of hormones and high probability of miscarriage. The whole topic is very well described in this article.

When it was about five years from my kidney transplantation, me and my husband started to think about baby. As the transplanted kidney was working without any bigger problems the doctors approved it, only they had to change my medication as the one I was taking at the moment could be dangerous for the baby. Than we had to wait few months if everything would be ok after the medication change. Because nothing went wrong, we could start trying.

Believe it or not, I got pregnant on first “attempt”. It surprised us a lot as mostly even healthy women have problems with getting pregnant not only someone like me with my medical history and so many pills taking every day. But it just happened.

At the beginning I wasn’t even realizing that I was pregnant. I had no morning sickness, no tastes for weird combinations of food, no problems with smells or tastes, just nothing. The first complication came at sixth month when I had to undergo a glucose screening test for gestational diabetes. It is a common test that almost every pregnant woman has to take. In my case they found out that my sugar level remained too high, which means that the body was not responsive enough for insulin.

At the beginning it meant just following a well planned diet but later in time as it went worse, I also had to inject me insulin shots. At first I was scared of it but I was surprised how developed the insulin pens were and I could hardly feel the needles how thin they were. The only real annoying thing was that I had to control the sugar level in my blood after each meal to find out if I needed the insulin shot or not.

Another complication appeared about five weeks before the assumed childbirth date. As the baby was growing, it started to press to my share-bone in a way that it terribly hurt when I was walking. At that time the doctors decided that it would be better if I stayed in the hospital till the delivery date. Oh well, five weeks in a hospital!

Fortunately they allowed me to spend each weekend at home but still I was not happy about the situation. Few weeks later the doctors decided that the pressure to my share-bone was to big and so they decided to go for a c-section and they planned it one week before the expected delivery date.

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The big day was set to March 10, 2011. I decided only for an epidural anesthesia instead of general anesthesia as the doctors told me that epidural would affect only my body but the general one would affect the baby as well and I didn’t like that. So in the morning I was given the epidural injection and was waiting for my doctor to come. My husband was there with me.

I don’t remember much what happened when the doctors came. I just felt some pressure somewhere around my underbelly, then some dull pain and then they showed me violet little baby covered in a white clay. The most beautiful baby I have ever seen. Then I remember I said how beautiful she was and then suddenly started to feel very bad. I felt like fainting so I started to say to the doctors that I was feeling bad and that I was gonna faint….

And then suddenly I woke up at DOA unit with lots of hoses in my hands, many monitors around and no idea what was going on. Later I was told that during the childbirth the doctor cut accidentally the transplanted kidney and it started to bleed heavily. I lost more than 1,5 liter of blood and the doctors were actually fighting for my life. (Again…)

When my husband called this to my mom, she immediately contacted IKEM and one of the doctors almost immediately arrived to the hospital and started to investigate what actually happened and how much it affected the kidney. Fortunately and I must say I still can’t believe it, the kidney was fine. Just creatinine increased slightly. Fortunately it was just temporarily. Besides that, no harm done.

I don’t know exactly how, but when the doctors were trying to stop the bleeding during the childbirth, they also caused me some burns at the underbelly area, so together with the c-section scar it hurt like hell. The treatment of the burns then took several weeks and was very painful.

I spent in the hospital eight days which were physically and emotionally very hard. All the pain together with stress from taking care of new born baby who had to be fed each three hours and was refusing breast feeding because when I was at DOA unit the nurses were feeding her from a bottle and she got used to it. She also slept mostly during the day and didn’t sleep much at night. Moreover, the nurses told me that I was having the loudest baby from the whole department. Haha, I wasn’t even surprised 😀

I was pretty desperate and actually started to cry from happiness when the doctors told me that I could go home. They gave me box of injections of something that was thinning the blood to prevent thrombosis and I also had to come back to the hospital every second day because of the burns treatment. But I was just happy to be home with my family.

Whatever happened then there, I am just grateful to have the most awesome daughter in the world, my beloved Ema.

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Movie: Love actually

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This movie is one of my favorites. Almost always when I watch it, it makes me cry because it is full of various emotions – love, pain, hope, disappointment, etc. The story is happening around Christmas and is actually mix of several different stories where the main characters are somehow connected to each other.

I mostly watch it when I am sad because this movie is somehow able to comfort me and improve my mood. And at the end they say…”Love actually is all around…” which brings a lot of hope to my life.

I love this movie and so I cannot give it other rating than 10/10.

Salmon with mustard crust

I love salmon. In fact I love all kinds of fish. I could eat it daily. This is one of my favorites salmon recipes.

Ingredients:

  • Salmon (I had 200 grams which was for two meals)
  • Mustard (I use special Czech one called “Kremzska”, probably the closest one to it would be dijon)
  • Garlic
  • Parsley
  • Salt

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At first wash and dry the salmon and put salt on it. Then cut the garlic into smaller pieces and mix it with parsley and mustard. Using your hands to rub the mixture into the salmon. Then put it in the oven to 200°C for 10-15 minutes till it is fully baked.

As a side dish I love potatoes baked with cottage cheese. Simply wash the potatoes, cut them to halves, put some salt on it, cottage cheese and parsley. Wrap the stuffed potatoes to kitchen foil and put them to oven for around 30 minutes.meals 013

And the result is here:

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Enjoy!