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    Fitness with Cystic Fibrosis

    My family never gave me the option of giving up. My lung function went too low, it simply meant more treatments and exercise. My parents have shoveled thousands of dollars into making sure that I can do things other people can, and in some cases, even better.

    Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a genetic disease that affects the lungs and pancreas. I happen to have a very severe form of it. This is good because it meant that the doctors caught on to what my condition was immediately after birth and gave the necessary surgeries and prescriptions. This is bad because is means that it is a constant, losing struggle. I take an average of 40 pills a day, including enzymes, probiotics, vitamins, and other specialized medications. I have two 30 minute sessions of inhalation medication (nebulizers) in tandem with a machine that compresses my chest and vibrates to loosen up the extremely thick, goopy mucus the forms due to my condition.

    The doctors always stressed how important exercise was. Saltwater, namely the ocean, happens to have extra benefits, so from the time I was eight I was surfing during the summers. Studies showed that running was also extremely beneficial.

    When I got into high school, I immediately got onto the surf team. The problem was that it only meets once every other week, other than competitions that I rarely was able to participate in simply because of my lack of ability (seriously, I've been surfing for more than 5 years, and I can hardly angle). Another problem arose when my counselor put me in for the wrong PE period, so I couldn't join Cross-Country or Track without not being able to take the courses that I wanted to. So, my fitness was seriously lacking, and my lung function suffered.

    Which is why this summer, I joined the summer cross-country training and am making an effort to get as healthy and in shape as possible.

    Sunday, July 2, 2017
    Daily Dare:
    40 Single Leg Bridges. Got to 35 before Mom interrupted me and I had to finish off later (Darn!)
    5 mile run:
    The first 2.5 miles were good with a steady pace of 9:00 min/mi. My shins acted up after that (I've been having a problem with mild shin splints lately), so I finished off with an average 10:40 min/mi for the entire run.
    Flexibilty Week Day 2:
    Stronghold workout. A good stretch after my run!
    I also used a foam roller to roll out my shins and calves. It's supposed to help relieve the stress on them.

    Monday, July 3, 2017
    Daily Dare:
    40 Crunch Kicks w/ EC (in one go)
    Daily Workout:
    Square One Level III w/ EC (1-minute rest between sets)
    Flexibility Week Day 2:
    Anchor'd Workout
    3 mile run + short beach swim (so refreshing!).

    I was going to go surfing today, but the forecast had 0-1 ft waves so it wasn't even worth it. When I jumped in the water after my swim, there was legit zero actual waves.


      Tuesday, July 4, 2017
      Daily Dare:
      Cross Tricep Extensions: I got to ten, but that was with a very long break between each rep. I honestly did not know that such a painful type of push up can exist.

      1.5 mile warm-up run: 8:40 min/mi pace. Finally was able to keep up with the varsity runners!
      4th of July 5k Race: 8:27 min/mi pace. 26:16 total time -- a new record for me!!!!
      1 mile cool-down run: 9:55 min/mi pace. Had a nice chat with a friend!

      Body Surf/Swim:
      body surfed for half-an-hour or so, but the waves were extremely crummy. Swam mostly out to a buoy, but my dad was worried about his hip getting tired while 200m out from shore so we had to turn back about 75m from our goal (Dang it, Dad!). He needs to get a hip replacement soon, so I have to give him some slack.

      Flexibility Day 4:
      Tug of War Workout w/ EC (30 seconds rest)

      Also did Sore Neck workout/stretch because I practiced piano for two hours (1 hr on one 4 line section of one piece - that's a three-part melody Bach piece for you) and had a horrible crick in my neck afterward.
      Random factoid: Apparently you burn 300 calories by doing two hours of practice. Just imagine the professionals that practice for 8 hrs a day.

      Thanks to twinkletoes and Nebulus for responding! Just the thing to pick up my day.


        A late welcome to the Hive, CrazyViking!
        Good luck and have fun on your journey to being healthier. I really hope your new training regimen will help with your medical condition.


          CrazyViking Welcome to the hive! Enjoy your stay here. I hope it helps to better your medical condition.


            Wednesday, July 5, 2017
            Daily Dare:
            30 Infinity Circles w/ EC (in one go).
            I've started doing these first thing in the morning (like literally right after I make my bed) and it seriously wakes me up and makes me feel refreshed. No more moping about in the morning. Funny how getting the blood pumping just a tiny bit can help things.

            Speaking of making your bed, "Make Your Bed" by Admiral William H. McRaven is a great book on life advice from the perspective of a Navy SEAL.

            4.5 mile run - about a 10 min/mi pace. What, there was a lot of hills.
            Core workout with my buds - includes push-ups, crunches, squats, planks, and bridges.

            Flexibility Day 5:
            Far Point Workout. Great long stretch.


              Thursday, July 06, 2017
              Daily Dare:
              80 Hooks w/ EC (in one go)
              Pretty easy compared to some of the dares.

              Biked to and from summer school. To school takes five minutes because it is downhill, and from school takes ten because there are a few very steep hills. I am proud to say that I did not walk on any of them.

              4-mile run: 9:55 pace
              We had to do this one hill dubbed "Death and Despair", and let me tell you, it is death and despair all right. I made it though!
              We also did this interesting thing where you stride (fast run, not complete sprint) for two lamposts (we were running on a street), and then jog slowly for one lampost. Good for building speed.

              Core Workout:
              30 pushups, 25ish situps, 10 pushups, 20 situps, 1 minute Bridge, 30 second Squat hold, 30 second Bridge, 10 Squats, 1 minute Plank, 30 second Side plank, 30 second other way side plank, 30 second plank, for kicks we tried doing a reverse plank (stomach pointed towards sky) for 15 seconds, 20ish lunge walks.

              Flexibility Day 6:
              Bowman Workout
              I can't believe there is only one more day left!


                Friday, July 07, 2017
                Daily Dare: 80 Squat Side Bends w/ EC
                Great work out for my thighs!

                Walked 15+ minutes to summer school

                2.5 mile run: 10:30 pace (it was so hot!!!)
                Total Abs Level II Workout

                Flexibility Day 7:
                Liber8 Workout


                  Congratulations on finishing Flexibility Week!


                    Saturday, July 8, 2017

                    Daily Dare: 60 Knee to Elbow Twists

                    3hrs of Hapkido (Korean martial arts):
                    I am a 2nd-degree black belt currently training for my 3rd-degree, so it is extremely tough!

                    3-4 hrs of playing at the beach:
                    I have friends from Austria over, so it was a must. I was so exhausted!

                    Sunday, June 9, 2017

                    Daily Dare: 30 secs Star Plank

                    6 mile run at 6:30am: tired from day before, but Mom ran with me so it was better.
                    500m swim to ocean bouy and back: nice and easy pace!

                    Thanks to twinkletoesfor your wonderful comment!


                      Monday, July 10, 2017
                      Daily Dare: 4 min Side Plank

                      Biked to and from school

                      3 mile run + 6 .1 mile strides (running about 80% of a full-out sprint).

                      Started Angry Birds workout from Nerd Fitness (another good fitness website), but changed it a bit to add in my cross-country core work.


                        Tuesday, July 11, 2017
                        Daily Dare: 12 Archer pushups.
                        I pretty much failed at these. Couldn't go down more than 1-2 inches. Meh, at least I know what I need to work on!

                        Biked to school (as always)

                        Cross-Country Practice: Probably the best day yet.
                        We ran 3.5 miles completely up-hill (grueling!!!), but because it was U.S. National 7/11 Day, you can get free slushies at the 7/11, so the entire team ran up to there and got a slushie and ran back, little more than another 3.5, totally about 7.4 miles. On the way back, we jogged and walked because we didn't want to get cramps from food. The way back was extremely fun!

                        Ate a pretty much 0 carb dinner (some meatloaf and veggies and pistachios) because slushies probably have about 100 grams of sugar.


                          Wednesday, July 12, 2017
                          Daily Dare: 60 forward lunges

                          Biked to school: It's funny how every day I do it the three big hills I have to transverse seem a little easier. By the time I graduate, I'll be flying up those hills like nobody's business.

                          3 mile run - cut my pace down to 9:21!!!!
                          Core Work: same as I've been doing, just with increased repetitions.


                            Originally posted by CrazyViking View Post
                            Biked to school: It's funny how every day I do it the three big hills I have to transverse seem a little easier. By the time I graduate, I'll be flying up those hills like nobody's business.


                              Thursday, July 13, 2017
                              Daily Dare: 2 minutes leg extensions The workout looked deceptively easy--boy was I wrong.

                              Biked to school (as always)
                              Speaking of school, had a chem lab. All was going great until our group forgot that there was an OPEN FLAME sitting right in front of us. We were supposed to heat a solution to 50 degrees C and ended up getting it almost to 100 (the liquid actually started bubbly). So here we were, holding the steaming hot flask with a paper towel to not burn my hands, and trying to cool it down by holding it under a faucet and take temperature readings at the same time. Usually, you'd expect the teacher to make some big lecture about paying attention and stuff, you know? Well no, he walks by our station like five times and doesn't say anything about the group of people all freaking out and huddling over the sink! And then later just nonchalantly walks by and says "Did you learn your lesson?" and sauntered away again.
                              This teacher has been teaching for like 50 years, so I feel like he's seen pretty much everything and is just so done with high school shenanigans.

                              4-mile run: 9:40 pace. I feel myself being able to keep up a nicer pace now. I still lag way behind the group, but at least I'm making an individual improvement.
                              Light Core Work after it, my heavy body weight workout days are Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

                              Thanks to TheLibrarian for the post!!!!

                              P.S.: If you're wondering whether I just figured out how to do the emoticons: Yes, I just did. Sad considering I'm in an engineering class.