Fall weather is here

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.


About thejollyrunner

There's so much and so little time. The two most important things to know is I suffer from a condition caused Generalized Dystonia and that I love to run. Ironically, two things that don't mix are what now defines me. I have a whole variety of other interests such as my long standing devotion to the Texas Rangers. I am also quite the hunter, fisher, and all around outdoorsman. If I had more time and less dystonia pains, I would fit in more gardening, home improvement, and probably some amatuer astronomy. And lastly, while my life is regrettably being slowed down from the dystonia, I am trying my hand at writing. I have a lot of ideas and it would be nice to see if I have what it takes to create some works worthy of publsihing.
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1 Response to Fall weather is here

  1. Leona says:

    Yes I am that crazy wife that supervises his running in the cold weather. I remember last year on Christmas Eve it was sleeting and while Corey loaded up my bike I loaded up on layers of clothes. I had two pairs of sweatpants, a tshirt, sweatshirt and heavy (as heavy as it gets in Texas) coat on. I also had on 2 pairs of socks with my shoes and a pair of gloves, muffler and hat. Lastly there was the running backpack which contains energy bars, spare inner tube for the bike, towel and my cell phone. We get to the running trail and here I am bundled and he has his shorts and short sleeve shirt and we trek for 8 miles. People who know me might ask why would I even go out in the sleet when I won’t even leave the house when it is raining and my answer is that he won’t know how fast he is running or how far he has run if I’m not there. What I don’t say is that I refuse to allow him to run alone because I am over protective.

    My mind goes wild when he runs a half marathon and I can’t be there with him on the trail. There is no way I would run the risk of him having an accident and me not being there to get him to safety on a running trail. Loving someone with Dystonia means being determined to guard against the attacks of Dystonia as much as possible while still enjoying time with the loved one. I will always be there come hail or high water (heaven help us if it literally comes to that) to cheer on my runner and make sure he knows when each mile clicks off.


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