November 17, 2013
This past summer I got into going to city ran pools. Two are fed by a natural aquifer and the temperature is always between 68 and 72 degrees. One is a lap pool 33 meters in length and has lanes with a concrete bottom. Its called Deep Eddy. The other is over 300 meters in length and it has a natural bottom. Its a cool place to go during the spring-fall. It has large hills and lots of areas for laying out. Its called Barton Springs Pool.
I recently found another pool that is heated by a hot spring. It has lanes and its concrete. Its chlorinated though so when they use more heat, they use more chlorine. Its called Big Stacy Pool.
All three of these pools are at most 5 miles away from me and are open year around. If they charge to swim it is only three dollars and it is only at Deep Eddy and Barton Springs but from the end of November to April its free. Big Stacy is always free.
I still run every other day too. Sometimes I’ll do a couple laps after I run or I will go on an off day from running. I’m not really too concerned about doing x miles a week. Now its more like I want to do x miles because I do.
I am kind of fond of the cooler untreated water.
Its pretty cool that Austin has a lot of athletic things to do for not much or any money.
November 3, 2013
I enjoy running but the sport I could take it or leave it. I run a lot but I am more of a zen runner than a runner with a specific plan for everyday. Zen running is just running to how you feel most comfortable – no watch just to run. There are books about it but I haven’t read any. I just feel like people become too consumed with their watch and to post what they did on social media. I don’t like the whole dog and pony show that running has become. If you can do it there is no need to brag about it. People will realize you are fast or whatever without you posting your workouts online.
October 15, 2013
I am a big sports fan and follow all of the major sports (nfl, mlb, and nba) and the last several years former NFL athletes have filed a huge lawsuit against the NFL because of post NFL head trauma and the NFL agreed to settle. Really? I mean they likely have been running their heads into others heads from grade school. What do you expect?
They get paid more money a game than most people make a year or multiple years. It just baffles me how they feel they are justified money.
It is fun to watch but I mean come on.
October 3, 2013
I have been a runner for many years. I started in college doing shorter distances to by the end of college, I did my first half marathon. For me, I its not about a race its about the run. I enjoy setting mileage goals and then exceeding them.
I got this via email from a professional who read my blog.
LAK Public Relations, Inc., 212-575-4545
MOVEMENT DISORDER EXPERTS OFFER DYSTONIA & PARKINSON PATIENTS USEFUL TIPS ON HOW TO STAY ACTIVE – AND DO IT SAFELY
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
(October 2, 2013) – Experts all agree that maintaining a healthy lifestyle is important in the dystonia and Parkinson’s communities. Exercise is a useful tool for individuals with dystonia and Parkinson’s disease no matter the level of physical activity. Paula Stein, Executive Director of The Bachmann-Strauss Dystonia & Parkinson Foundation, speaks with two respected physical therapists, who specialize in dystonia and Parkinson’s disease, and elicits advice for patients on how to stay active — and do it safely.
With expertise in dystonia, Bill Gallagher PT, CMT, CYT, serves as Director of the East West Rehabilitation Institute. He is also a Master Clinician in Integrative Rehabilitation at Mount Sinai Medical Center; and an Instructor in Clinical Physical Therapy at Columbia University.
Dr. Rebecca States is a professor of physical therapy at Long Island University Brooklyn, and specializes in treating patients with Parkinson’s disease.
STEIN: People with dystonia and Parkinson’s disease often benefit from different forms of exercise. Why is staying active so important for people with these movement disorders?
GALLAGHER: Everyone experiences dystonia differently and must find an exercise level and pace that’s comfortable and safe for them. Staying active can help clear the mind and create a positive environment. This is important because there’s an undeniable connection between one’s emotional and physical health. By staying active people with dystonia can also increase their strength, endurance, flexibility and improve or maintain their ability to function independently.
STATES: Parkinson’s patients can reap a variety of benefits from exercise including an increase in cognitive functioning and energy, as well as improvements in sleep. Staying active will also improve muscle strength, balance and really help the patient to walk better. Generally, an increase in exercise can make people with Parkinson’s disease feel more comfortable in their daily lives.
STEIN: What advice would you give to people with dystonia and Parkinson’s disease about starting out on an exercise program?
STATES: Doing too much too soon! It’s important for any individual with Parkinson’s disease to ease into physical activity. Whether they have previously been active or sedentary, the best advice is to slowly increase activity at their own rate. I can’t stress enough that every case of Parkinson’s disease is different. Patients should really stay in tune with their own bodies. Also, while it is normal to feel tired after starting an exercise routine, you should not completely exhaust yourself.
GALLAGHER: Being diagnosed with a disorder like dystonia is tough. For some patients there’s a certain amount of denial that goes on. I always tell my patients that they can’t compare themselves or their physical activity to people who don’t have the disease. Running 10 miles for a healthy active person may be a cinch. But for someone with dystonia, walking around the block is just as big an accomplishment.
STEIN: Is there such a thing as too much exercise for people with dystonia and Parkinson’s disease?
GALLAGHER: I remind my dystonia patients that there’s a difference between good and bad pain. Good pain generally feels like a dull burning sensation that comes on gradually as the muscles are being exercised. Once you stop exercising, the pain tends to go away fairly quickly and then comes back the next day or after as a diffused achy feeling and gradually dissipates over the next day or so But bad pain usually comes on suddenly and has a sharp or electrical quality and is more localized.
STATES: I agree. And remember, patients should be in tune with their own bodies. Exercise as much – or as little – as you’re comfortable with. Soreness is normal, but it should not turn into new dyskinesia (spasm or an inability to control the muscle movement). Debilitating pain or pain that lasts more than two to three days can be a sign of injury – or that something is wrong.
STEIN: What can people at different levels of activity do to push themselves to the next level?
GALLAGHER: A more active person with dystonia can, essentially become “even more” active. By gradually pushing the “envelope” and listening to the body to know when to go easy, it is often possible to make significant progress.
If a sedentary person with dystonia is starting an exercise regime, he or she may consider simply standing up and sitting back down a few times to get started. Water takes gravity out of the “equation” and a pool can be a good environment for exercise for some. The person should already feel comfortable in the water and should have a physical therapist or another person with them at all times.
STATES: For someone with Parkinson’s who has NOT been active, I would recommend – as a start – walking on a treadmill or overground for 15 minutes, two to three times a week. And then as the exercise gets easier, gradually increase the time to 30 minutes. This is important: patients who are not in the habit of walking for fitness, should begin this routine with a partner who can be there to help in case balance issues arise.
STEIN: Are there any special factors that Parkinson’s and dystonia patients should consider when
choosing an exercise program?
GALLAGHER: Yes. Surfaces matter! It is easier for people with dystonia to balance on a harder surface than it is on a softer surface such as a lawn. The brain gets clearer information from the harder surface.
STATES: Yes, I’d like to mention three quick issues. First: Some Parkinson’s patients find that listening to music while walking helps keep them more balanced. Second, finding an appropriate level yoga class with an instructor that encourages skill level adaptations may also be a good form of activity. And finally activities like tai chi and feldenkrais can help improve body awareness.
STEIN: Staying physically active is an important part of living a healthy life especially for individuals who live with dystonia and Parkinson’s disease. I’d like to thank Bill and Rebecca for their expertise, insights and for showing us that getting started – and then staying active – can be easy.
August 29, 2013
In my opinion money ruins everything and I am tired of being one of its “accessories” As we all know politicians no matter what party are all “influenced” by lobbyists and those lobbyists are backed by big business (ie pharmaceuticals)
So X lobbyist who is lobbying for x pharmaceutical company with x millions of dollars to “donate” if what they want is passed or approved by the FDA.
So, why did I go on that rant? As a person who has been pushed pills or this surgical procedure from day 1 of my diagnosis to now it makes me really jaded.
I think doctors do whatever they can to keep you trying this new miracle cure or upping your dosage maybe because it may help you but more so because of the money that is to be made off of procedures and medications.
I remember going to this guy here who isn’t even a doctor he is a PA and he asked me “Do your medications help?” I was like I can tell if I don’t take them and he was like “So they are working” No. I can’t tell if its my body missing them or if its really helping. Granted I know my symptoms would be way worse if I wasn’t on anything but who is to know what is real and what isnt after being on these medicines for over half my life.
Its all about the money. I mean if I were a pill pusher I would be so happy to have a market that will virtually never go away. Well, not even a pharm company but a company like Metronic who does all of the hardware for deep brain stimulation.
While people are getting richer off of other peoples “sickness” the people like me are stuck in a hole with no way to get out. I like many people with disabilities rely on others or ssi/ssdi to pay for doctors visits etc etc and most if not all specialists do not take ssi/ssdi because the governmental reimbursement is too low.
There are varying forms of ssi/ssdi but for the type I am on if I make TWENTY dollars or more a month my monthly check will be less. They say they want us to get out and get a job but no, not really. The government just wants more people to be dependent on them.
The system is broken and it needs a lot of help. Do I think it will ever be fixed? No absolutely not. The government can justify spending tens of millions of dollars on a steroids trial where athletes play a kids game and get paid millions of dollars for “working” 6-8 months a year. What a joke.
i have been wanting to write this for sometime. It wasnt directed to any person or group but to give my perspective from over here.
Money: its good to have when you have it but when you don’t you gain a lot of perspective…or at least I do.
August 17, 2013
I am biased but I feel Texas is the best running state…except for a few months. From late June until early August temperatures hover around 100 and its not “dry heat”
So in years before, I have gotten up early to do my ten plus mile runs but this year I would rather sleep. My philosophy for this summer was before 9am 10 miles is ok, 930 7 miles and before 10 5 miles.
Ha today we had a cool front and the high was 95. I was able to run mid day for 5 miles. I think the heat builds our stamina. Like bring somewhere where its winter year around (san francisco) and I think there would be a issue. I remember last February for the Austin Marathon it started off (at 5 or 6 am) in the 40s but by the end it was in the 70s.
I am not one for training groups or running for a time but I hold my own. I never wear a watch. Anyway, so last years Austin race I decided the day before the race to do it. I hadnt done more than 5 miles for three months. The route was where I have ran before so that helped. Anyway, I would like to do it this year.
I wont even start training until say September but even so itll be moderate. I could do a half right now but the only race worth justifying is a full. I may tag along for some others (run it just not pay)
July 29, 2013
Years ago, I bought a t-shirt from Old Navy and on it said the phrase journey to san francisco. So I made the trip there ending last week. The stuff to see was neat ( redwoods, the windy roads, etc) but maybe its because I am a Texan I disliked the cold and fog.
Like for real in late July it was like what it is in December/January here. But its kind of cool how the various parts of the city were named and “those” people stayed in “those” areas.
Went to a Giants game where they got beat 11-0 but I am not really a fan so I was like well…but during batting practice I was taking pictures and I looked down to see a fouled off ball on the ground. When I picked it up people nearby started clapping? Well I know why but come on. I just picked up a ball off the ground.
Anyway, my favorite parts were seeing the redwoods and the game and the least favorite was the weather.its probably not a place I would make a point to revisit.
Oh, and as a bearded male I saw very few beards there. Maybe I was among tourists or something but here it seems like the majority has some.
July 15, 2013
I voted for Mitt. I realize he might not have been the best guy but at least he had a plan and how to make it happen. I find it funny that Obama postponed “Obamacare” because 1. Companies were cutting full time employees to part time so they wont have to pay their insurance. 2. Insurance costs were going up in anticipation of it. Now it is even in question if it will even be enacted.
In my opinion, all he has done is made broken promises. I mean universal healthcare is the only thing that got him elected…but what does he have to lose? Nothing.
I am also pleased with the Zimmerman verdict and the Rick Perry abortion bill passing. I think Perry is an extreme conservative that has caused Texas to be last in many categories but I do agree with this bill.
Living in a blue dot in a red state its hard to see anything but extreme liberals trying to push their agendas. Anyway, I am pleased to see the outcomes of late. There is no doubt there will be hopes from losing parties to gain something back but that is influenced a lot by the media.
June 23, 2013
If one chooses not to work and they have below x dollars to their name they are eligible for
1. Nearly free housing (section 8) which in the bigger cities is new green apartments in popular areas.
2. Food stamps. Deepening on the size of the household they can get more money than one person. It isn’t really stamps either. Its like a debit card (at least in Texas) and you can get cash back and buy booze. Why not?
3. Free cell phones. If your eligible for the above your eligible for a free cell phone. The minutes are limited as is texting but hey its free!
The above don’t count against your income “requirements” either.
But say you have a medical condition that significantly impedes your ability to work and need to get on disability not for the above “services” but for the very very limited medical coverage you are subject to tests, meetings and background by questionable professionals.
Seems like “they” want you to be poor and willing to settle for the rest of your life. I mean why not? Its all virtually free. What. A. Joke.
Don’t believe me? Look on ssa.gov
June 11, 2013
The “system” is a joke. I hate being under the governments thumb.
I think the system should be broken into three classes:medicaid, medicare and disabled. Most people on “disability” are on medicaid because they haven’t worked for five full years..which is what is required to be on medicare.
While I don’t know how you are treated when you are on medicare, it has to be better than being on medicaid. When you go to the office or call in, the people you talk to talk to you like you are beneath them..trying to take advantage of the system.
I recently watched a documentary on Netflix called Lost Angeles. Its basically about people who are forced to live in Skid Row because the governmental assistance doesn’t allocate them enough. It puts things in perspective that’s for sure.
There is definitely more room to move on medicaid only if I could get on it.
What is odd is the hours at the office: 9-3.