Jun 11, 2013

From 5K to 10K and the Case of the Fat Fingers

Last May, we signed up for Run United 2 for the 10K category. I must admit that it was an impulsive decision but there is that confidence that I still have ample time to prepare for my first 10K run.  Of course, being faithful to the training and preparation proved to be a bit of a problem on my part.  I got sidetracked with swimming lessons.  I thought that is also cardio exercise, sort of like a cross training thing.  But who was I kidding?  I also had various activities some weeks before the run that was slated last June 2.  

I ran my first 10K without enough preparation.  Don't ever do that.  It's a bad thing to come unprepared for a longer run.  But since I signed up for it, I don't think skipping out would be a good option.  I got to at least give it a shot.  I just kept thinking I can always walk the rest of the way if I cannot run anymore.  

At the starting line, all runners were fired up and can't wait for the gun start...I guess except me.  I have some doubts running in my mind, all because I didn't invest enough on practice and conditioning to sustain me on this run.  Thankfully, the first 2K went like a breeze...soon I was progressing to 4K without tiring so much.  I think I missed seeing the 6th K mark but I remember as I was nearing the 7th K mark, and having been running for an hour, I looked down on my hands and got a big scare. 

The first thing I saw was my right hand, all fingers red and swollen.  My fingers looked like they would spurt out blood if you happen to prick them with something pointed.  They are so fat I thought they are not mine! Whoa!  What the...and then I looked at my left hand and it was the same.  I had a moment of panic as I try to get my bearings.  I did a series of quick checks.

  • I tried to feel my hands and there was sensation so my hands were not numb.  Check  
  • Is my breathing labored?  No.  Check.  
  • Is my heart pumping too much?  Just the normal beating for a good aerobic exercise.  Check.
  • Do I feel woozy or about to pass out?  No.  Check.
My vitals seem okay except for the swollen hands that looked very alien to me.  Still, I am not taking any chances so from the 7th to the 8th K mark, I just walked briskly all the while massaging my fingers, shaking them till the swelling subsided.  It took time for them to look a bit more normal.  I also prayed hard, saying "Lord, stay with me."  And as I say that silent prayer, I squeezed my right hand as if I am holding someone's hand tightly.  I ran-walked-ran the rest of the remaining 2K, even managed to pose for photographers hehehe.  

At the finish line, I was just so thrilled that I survived my first 10K run, still alive and finishing strong.  It was a run of faith as well.  I will never forget that moment when all I was holding on to is His hand.  I was never really on my own.  It was a scary experience, but I also got that assurance that I will be alright.   

I'll probably be running in the 10K category of Milo Marathon this coming July.  This time though, I'll take the preparation to heart...no more distractions.  

As for the swelling, well, I later researched about that and found out that it is a common occurrence, particularly if you've ran for an hour or so.  You can read about that here, here, and here or do further research.  I didn't know that so I panicked a bit.  So if ever you try to run longer distances, you got nothing to be afraid of if it's just swollen hands.  Of course, if you have other underlying health conditions, you got to put that in the equation before starting out any rigorous activity. 

Here I am, and that sign above couldn't be more right....10 K and I'm still okay






29 comments:

  1. Congrats! It only proves that your body is still in good condition despite the lack of enough time to practice. I like the "It is a walk of faith". Everyday life is should always be a walk of faith.



    While reading your post, I remember the two grade 7 who are currently being supported by the Back-To-School Project and the church. They walked 6 kms most days going home because the transportation is so limited. For some, walking is a sport or just an added activity, but to them it is a must.

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  2. Congrats sis! That's an achievement. My bf would always tease me that I can't run even a 5k so I can't run with him. He who had been trained for the police has all the agility and strength. Still I want to prove him wrong. If you did that, I can run too! Even if it's just a 3k first. :)

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  3. Gosh! It is a good thing I do not look at my hands when I am running. I do not know why but each time I walk or run I always look straight and sometimes on the tracks making sure the pavement is flat especially during very early mornings.


    Hope we could really bump into each other one of these days, either in a fun run or just meet up.

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  4. Congratulations for finishing the 10k run! meron din pala swelling of hands? Thank God nothing serious. Be prepared next time..

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  5. I didn't know that is possible when running. Scary indeed! How long before your hands went back to normal? It's great that you experienced God holding your hand. He really is with us everywhere, anytime.

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  6. Congratulations for finishing the 10K run without any problem.
    By the way, thanks for the tip on wearing dry-fit clothes. I remember merom pala ako nito sa closet...hehehe

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  7. It scary! I didn't know about that until now, hindi kasi ako tumatakbo. Congrats for completing the 10K run..:)

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  8. oh, while reading i'm so worried of your puff up fingers, buti ganun lang...but you have to ask a doctor about it
    congrats to your first 10K run!

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  9. Running for over an hour, wheaw that was tiring. I'm glad your were able to finish. Congrats on your 1st attempt.

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  10. Yay. I got scared reading through but when you say "I will never forget that moment when all I was holding on to is His hand", a there's nothing to be scared about. That's a strong faith.


    Mommy Maye

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  11. that's pretty scary... i guess i would panic if it happened to me. glad though the swelling was only temporary. stay fit and happy :)

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  12. I have the same experience when playing really competitive badminton. My fingers swell and redden but after a while they're gone. I guess any kind of exertion can cause it.

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  13. congrats, sis for finishing your first 10k run. and i agree with everyone, the swollen fingers definitely was scary. glad you made it safe. :-)

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  14. buti you made it, congrats...
    that fat finger is scary

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  15. hadn't I read your article, I wouldn't be aware of this. I'm really glad that you posted this information. God bless!

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  16. wow, 10K!!! All the best, Aileen!

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  17. Congrats Sis! You've made it! Happy for you. :)
    KRIZZA

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  18. I can imagine how scary that must have been, but you are so level-headed that you managed to think clearly pa rin. That's a mark of a really good athlete :) So happy you finished 10k, and it really seems like you were ready for it though you initially thought you weren't. Until your next running adventure! :)

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  19. Congrats on your 10k run! XD

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  20. Do you know why your hands swell? That must be scary. Good thing you knew what to do-- pray!

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  21. You handled it so well, Aileen! You were in a new and scary situation, but you had presence of mind to actually take care of it. :-)

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  22. thank God you managed to finish the 10K run. It is really not good to go run a long run without any preparations. It's really a no no.

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  23. Wow, what an accomplishment! So happy for you =) I'll be waiting for your next 10k story =)

    MomMy Hanny

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  24. Hey congrats! I'm running my first 10k this sunday, at the kotr. I'm so not prepared! I guess I'll just listen to my body and not force myself when I feel that I'm about to give. If all else fails, I can always just walk the rest of the way :)

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  25. Wow! Nice! You can do it sis. :-) Cheering you on....

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  26. I run with open hands...kasi when you close them in a fist, the palms get all sweaty and that does not go well with me hehehe...I feel uncomfortable. Ah yes, not just shake the hands...you got to listen to Taio Cruz when he sings Dynamite...."put your hands in the air, put your hands in the air!" And that's what I'm going to do on my next 10K run....

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  27. I never really considered myself an athlete hehehe...but thanks Vera.

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  28. Yes, that is indeed true. The exertion causes more forceful pumping of the blood towards the limbs. It was the first time it happened kasi, but now, I know what to expect. :-) Now I can laugh at the memory of the longganisa hands that are tocino red...yaiks! Lol!

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  29. I don't usually check my hands either...but for some reasons, I happened to glance at them and what a surprise! They don't look like my hands lol!

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