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Life mirrors the runs or is it the other way, when you become a runner. What exactly is a runner ? I checked on the internet and the simplest definition is estenosis lumbar tratamiento a person who runs for sports or pleasure. I didn’t know if I qualify but I just like to estenosis lumbar tratamiento run, especially testing myself initially in races. Then in some ways as with many things in life, it became costly. So I have to be more selective (about races) and run mainly for ‘pleasure’ at my own time and pace/place. Then it changed to another P, purpose. I wrote about that a year or so ago. It kept me going even when I was down. (I started writing this thinking I would review a run estenosis lumbar tratamiento event but it turned into something beyond… hence the title.)


Near the end of last year I decided to participate estenosis lumbar tratamiento in the 86 km category of the 50 hours non-stop run organized by tampines west community sports club (CSC). Into its fifth year, the venue for the run is bedok reservoir park with estenosis lumbar tratamiento start / end point at the floating platform near sheng siong supermarket.

This run is to challenge participant to push their limits estenosis lumbar tratamiento in achieving the running distance of 5 laps (21.5km), 10 laps (43km), 15 laps (64.5km) and the maximum 20 laps (86km) at their own pace and time within the 50 hours estenosis lumbar tratamiento duration. This is a non-competitive event and times are not recorded. Participants can choose any time to start, stop and continue within the 50 hours. I chose 86 km and I planned to finish in estenosis lumbar tratamiento one ‘go’.

I chose to run this to raise funds for the estenosis lumbar tratamiento singapore cancer society. It was my second ‘big’ official campaign to run for funds for the society. There had been a few persons in my life – my good friends and my mother-in-law who passed away due to cancer. I was quite ‘angry with cancer’ when my mum-in-law was taken away too in 2012 after losing a estenosis lumbar tratamiento friend earlier on. Cancer doesn’t just affect the patients but the circle of people estenosis lumbar tratamiento around them. While my wife had not shown much external emotion at estenosis lumbar tratamiento the loss I know she missed her mum a lot estenosis lumbar tratamiento when she passed away after a short discovery and treatment estenosis lumbar tratamiento period.

I decided to run every day to train for this estenosis lumbar tratamiento ultra so I started that on 29th dec last year. (and walked everyday too with my average total number of estenosis lumbar tratamiento steps I took per week usually exceeding 100,000.) initially it was still fine. As the weeks grew into months it became a challenge… when it rained… when life’s schedule became complicated… but I persevered and on days when I couldn’t do much, I just made sure that I did run 1 mile estenosis lumbar tratamiento (at least 1.6 km) besides doing my walks. Most times the runs were about 3-4 km. Longest was a half marathon. I didn’t attempt more, as I didn’t want to get injured and aggravate my back injuries.

Slightly more than a month to go before the event, bad news came. A dear friend, a female classmate of mine, also ex-colleague of mine and one of the strong supporters of estenosis lumbar tratamiento my previous campaign had passed away. Struck down by a relapse of cancer just late last estenosis lumbar tratamiento year. She had kept her illness private and so it came estenosis lumbar tratamiento as a shock to most of us. My last interaction was a couple of months before. I decided to dedicate the campaign in her memory too. At her wake, I met ex-colleagues and former course mates who then brought me into estenosis lumbar tratamiento the cohort’s whatsapp group.

Then, about 2 weeks before the mission, one of my younger brothers was hospitalized, initially in ICU due to a sudden heart attack. I went in and out of hospital to help him estenosis lumbar tratamiento out. He had an emergency bypass and then another bypass within estenosis lumbar tratamiento a few days. I was feeling a bit of pain on my back estenosis lumbar tratamiento of my right hip. I ignored and carried on life and squeezing running into estenosis lumbar tratamiento the tighter schedule. Till about a few days before the actual date when estenosis lumbar tratamiento things settled down for my brother and I went to estenosis lumbar tratamiento the polyclinic to check on my pain. Was asked by the female doc to come back the estenosis lumbar tratamiento following day as the x-ray section had closed for the day and she gave estenosis lumbar tratamiento me some painkillers. Next day it was a male doc who then examined estenosis lumbar tratamiento me physically. He discovered a mass on the right abdomen. I had noticed the swelling but didn’t think too much of it as my pain was estenosis lumbar tratamiento behind, not on the front. It was about a finger length firm mass which can estenosis lumbar tratamiento be felt physically on the right abdomen.

He asked me a few question relating to cancer history. Nope, I didn’t know of any cancer history in my family. It sounded ominous. He asked about the level of pain. It was quite intense on the back, the hip. He decided to refer me to the emergency department in estenosis lumbar tratamiento a hospital of my choice. I took the referral letter and asked him if it estenosis lumbar tratamiento was alright to run in another few days’ time. He said better not, what if the mass were to ‘burst’ in the worst scenario. I left the clinic, thinking hard. I had to complete my ‘mission’. I also wanted to run for my friend who had estenosis lumbar tratamiento just left.

I shortened the distance I planned to run that day, and the day after and then decided to take a estenosis lumbar tratamiento break just to be ‘safe’. It was just two days more to the ultra start. I decided to start the ultra in the evening, a few minutes before 6 pm, though I went down to the site for a recce estenosis lumbar tratamiento in the morning. I took half a dozen packets of the running gel, thinking that there would be some energy drinks, banana and water provided. I also took a couple of salt tablets since I estenosis lumbar tratamiento rarely tried them in my short training. But had read that salt tablets would be good for estenosis lumbar tratamiento long endurance runs. And of course, I said my usual morning and night prayers for a estenosis lumbar tratamiento good day. And that day was good friday too.

I went at my slow jogging pace. And just went round and round bedok reservoir. I had dreaded the sandy terrain. I was wearing my black UA hovr sonic shoes. After just two or 3 loops, they didn’t look black anymore. Met a good friend whom I got to know from estenosis lumbar tratamiento one of the races I did in the past. Jogged along with him for a lap or so (and had him as a familiar face round the loops estenosis lumbar tratamiento through the night and morning). Chatted and during that conversation I did share about the estenosis lumbar tratamiento recent events. And as I talked with him, my mind did go to what the doc said about estenosis lumbar tratamiento ‘bursting’. But it was that few seconds and in that conversation. I pretty much shut out the thoughts after that and estenosis lumbar tratamiento went on, jogging with small steps and occasionally into brisk walks.

The night was long. Start and finish of each loop, we would just hand over our run cards for the estenosis lumbar tratamiento stamps – 2 stamps per loop. I took water and the energy drinks after each loop. There was no bananas. But milk packets were provided after attaining some checkpoint mileage estenosis lumbar tratamiento – see the circled ones. Though the milk did make a few of us go estenosis lumbar tratamiento to the nearby toilet somehow. After 64 km, my garmin watch got tired too and slept off (no battery). The next 22 km was taking a long time. I had targeted 15 hours originally but finished within 17 estenosis lumbar tratamiento hours. Disappointed but happy with completing without stopping.

In the early morning it drizzled a few drops and estenosis lumbar tratamiento then for a short stretch towards the end – my last loop or so. It was a baptism of sorts with water from heaven. I had slowed down to walking then. (that was also where my thoughts went back and forth estenosis lumbar tratamiento between past events and I tried instead to focus on estenosis lumbar tratamiento my physiological state.)

I had felt the feet swelling after 6 hours or estenosis lumbar tratamiento so, reaching the marathon distance and the pain on the toes estenosis lumbar tratamiento as they seemed to push against the tip of the estenosis lumbar tratamiento shoes, and felt blisters coming after another loop. I just told myself it would be over with another estenosis lumbar tratamiento marathon distance to complete ! For the last 5 loops, it became easier for me to ignore my feet.

I had to stop and emptied out the sand particles estenosis lumbar tratamiento that went in now and then, about 3 times in the journey. I had slowed to a walk, brisk initially and then slowing down. With a couple of loops to go, I also had to change my 2XU tights into my estenosis lumbar tratamiento spare running shorts. I found that the amount of chafing at the groin estenosis lumbar tratamiento was just getting difficult for me to even move. I told myself I was near the finish. Then it rained. The shoes got wet and the socks seemed to shrink estenosis lumbar tratamiento further constricting the feet. Extremely uncomfortable with the water and sand particles. Just two loops – 8.6 km to go. Which actually took me almost 2 hours by then.

Finally completed just before 11 am. After I collected the medals and finisher tee, I went to look for a chair to rest my estenosis lumbar tratamiento legs at the tent. After 15 minutes, I changed my shoes and started walking to the car estenosis lumbar tratamiento park, feeling hungry but satisfied I accomplished the mission! Thank god!

I drove back home and took my well-deserved lunch cum breakfast. It was just duck rice with extra duck meat from estenosis lumbar tratamiento the koufu, so about $6. I didn’t think about the mass on my right flank till estenosis lumbar tratamiento I was reminded several times in the weeks after by estenosis lumbar tratamiento the pain and my good friends. (photo credit is due to tampines west CSC photographers.)

I have to sort out my mum’s appointments for her eye issue the days after before estenosis lumbar tratamiento attending to my own ‘mass’. She turned out to have cataract. The wait went on to weeks for the follow-up because I was getting my mum ready for her estenosis lumbar tratamiento eye surgery as she lives alone and waiting for the estenosis lumbar tratamiento appointments to be scheduled. And the week after the ultra, I went on to do the half marathon race which estenosis lumbar tratamiento I had already signed up.

1) my younger brother recovered slowly and stopped smoking after decades estenosis lumbar tratamiento of the habit (and my nagging him for years) on the doctor’s advice. As the doctor said, it was touch and go that afternoon when he was estenosis lumbar tratamiento brought in by his colleagues semi-conscious.

3) I went to the polyclinic early july, to get another referral since I couldn’t very well go to the emergency with a referral estenosis lumbar tratamiento backdated so many months ago. The second doc did the same examination and wrote the estenosis lumbar tratamiento referral after confirming the mass was still there. A week passed by before the specialist could see me. The specialist would only confirm diagnosis after I went for estenosis lumbar tratamiento a CT scan. Another week later. Due to some administrative issue at the hospital end, the scan was postponed. After I called up, they managed to place the appointment back. The CT scan took place in the morning with 4 estenosis lumbar tratamiento hours of ‘starving’.

The miracle ? See the specialist in the afternoon for the results. No mass detected and organs, all body parts visible in the scan, all looked ok. They could see the lumbar (backbone) fracture but nothing else. I asked what could have caused the initial swelling and estenosis lumbar tratamiento the pain. Don’t know. Only a MRI would be able to tell more which estenosis lumbar tratamiento was more costly and more wait. Maybe it was something to do with the nerves when estenosis lumbar tratamiento I asked further. I was given a referral to the orthopaedic for follow-up on the fracture though.

Well, as folks who followed my blog, I had done a few more races, a half marathon about a week after the ultra and estenosis lumbar tratamiento even the sundown marathon in between the final diagnosis. I would attribute it to my faith that I went estenosis lumbar tratamiento on despite the initial diagnosis. I had believed then it was not time for me estenosis lumbar tratamiento to go yet. After a number of good friends had advised me to estenosis lumbar tratamiento seek the doc’s opinion, I had thought it prudent I should at least just estenosis lumbar tratamiento get an expert opinion.

Whatever it was, it had been a good miracle that I went through estenosis lumbar tratamiento another slightly testing phase. I had just completed the runninghour 10 km and then estenosis lumbar tratamiento the singtel-SCS race against cancer 15 km over this weekend. I had started running every day again in june. Hopefully, the remaining days before this coming weekend (I had extended the campaign to include the recent singtel-SCS race since it was for SCS too instead of estenosis lumbar tratamiento opening another campaign), I would be closer to the fund’s target.

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