I am so glad the cooler weather is here. I can’t run too well in the heat. From now until at least late March, I should be putting on the miles. It’s gonna be rough as things have been getting worse in the past month. I’m just trying to hold out until the end of February.
Several months back I met with a lady with Dystonia named ShakeyAmy and her husband Silas. Amy hasbeen through it all and gave me some advice and a mouth guard. I didn’t think much of the mouth guard at the time, but she said I will know when to use it down the road, and I have gotten there. For several weeks my teeth have been hurting. And my neck spasms have been making my jaws clench. It finally dawned on me that is why she gave me the mouth guard!
It does help but it is difficult learning to talk with that thing in. As soon as I get off work today I am heading to the gym. With the cooler weather which means more running and the increased need for the mouth guard, I need to start training to run using it.
And don’t worry about me folks! I run and run and run. My wife who is my biggest supporter is incredible. She hates the cold with a passion. And she will bundle up and follow along with me on her bike marking off the miles. It takes a special kind of person to do that, and she is that special. I don’t know if I could do this without her, even if it does drive me crazy that she worries about me. We are in a vicious cycle where I stress out and worry about her worrying about me, while I have no worries for myself.
There is no other way to make it with dystonia unless you take an unconventional approach to life which may look dysfunctional to most. But I am a runner with generalized Dystonia so I am already a bit weird. And I have a wife who is equally weird. But don’t be afraid if you see me out running on the trails, just tag along for the fun.