It's a very slow process - two steps forward, one step back - but I'm inching in the right direction. - Rob Reiner

December 26, 2012

Well, Some People Are Still Streaking and Why Vertigo SUCKS!

Well it’s Week 3 in the December 5K a day Challenge and 3 ladies are still holding strong!  Congrats to Raina, Bobbi and Kim!  You ladies are knocking it out of the park!  Not only did you have another solid week, but you are the only 3 ladies left in the competition!

Looks like maybe the craziness of the holidays or this freezing cold weather might have taken a toll on our little group.  In spite of the fact that only 3 ladies “streaked” last week, ten people still logged an impressive 233 miles last week!  Congrats to everyone.  Now let’s finish this final week strong!

Congrats to our Weekly Winner Raina @ Small Town Runner.  You’ve have won these awesome touch screen gloves so you can keep on texting while running even in this cold weather!  Please e-mail me address at and I will ship them right away.

I missed my first day(s) last week.  And I couldn’t have been more disappointed.  If I had just gotten to the point where I was too tired and it had been my decision to miss a day I think I could stomach it more….but I feel like my streak was stolen from me.

If you have been reading my blog awhile then you might recall that I had some issues with vertigo in late July after my Half Ironman. At the time, I thought it was induced by some medication I was taking.  However, over the last 6 months I have had two other “attacks” and that’s really the only way I know how to describe them.

On Friday night while in a dead sleep I woke up to the entire room spinning.  This isn’t the type of mild dizziness that we all experience occasionally.  This is heart racing, extreme dizziness to the point where you can’t stand up.  It’s so intense you can even “hear” it inside your head.  It’s like there’s a helicopter in your head.  The intensity luckily only a short period of time, but it leaves you with moderate dizziness for a long period of time.  The first time I had one of these attacks I was dizzy for about 6 weeks, the second time it was about 3 and I don’t know how long this one will last.  Each day it gets a little better, but it’s always there. 

So, not only could I not run on Saturday morning, I literally could barely get out of bed.  The best thing to do is just to lay still and hope it passes soon.  As the weekend progressed I felt better, but even today I am still very dizzy and just do not feel “normal” at all.  It really sucks.  If you’ve never experienced it I truly hope you never do. 

I went to see my primary care physician after the 1st time who told me it was basically something I was going to have to live with from now on.  I’d just have the occasional “dizzy” spell.  But after this third episode I’ve decided to see an ENT to see if there is anything else I can do.  A full day in bed approximately every two month, followed by a month of dizziness is just way too much.  It just doesn’t feel normal.

So there you have it.  I have done a couple of walk/runs since then, but I just don’t have the focus to really run right now.  I was on such a roll too!  I did manage to run 20 consecutive days, which was definitely my longest streak ever.  I’m happy about that.  So maybe I’ll try this again next December.

On a happier note, my parents were in town for Christmas.  I haven’t spent a Christmas with them in about 15 years I think.  It was nice to have family around.  I got to spend good quality time with my parents and sister, as well as my step kids and grandson and of course Jim.  We had a great Christmas and I got him the BEST Christmas gift ever. The Jim Bobble Head…Oh yes, it’s mini Jim.

I hope you all had a beautiful Christmas.


  1. Hope you are feeling better soon. The lack of getting an answer to what is going on must make it so frustrating.

    BTW: Last year my wife got me a bobble head of me post IM. It is still very cool. Jim is lucky!

  2. Boo to the vertigo!! So sorry you are dealing with this. I hope the ENT gives you some answers. That sounds like way too much to just have to deal with without any treatment options.

    (and that bobblehead is the coolest thing ever and it looks JUST LIKE him!)

  3. vertico sucks I have it but not as severe as what you describe but it does last forever

    it is aweful

    love the bobblehead!!!! it does look like him!

    hope you will be better soon

  4. I was a complete failure at updated the run streak spreadsheet. I am so sorry Michael.

    More so I am so sorry to hear about the vertigo. I am so incredibly fortunate I have never had to directly deal with this but I have seen friends go through it and it is awful. I hope you start feeling better soon and am so glad you had a great Christmas. The bobble head is priceless. :)

  5. Agh. Vertigo is terrible, and a friend of mine also will be out for several days at a time. :( Hope you feel better soon!

    20 days is still a very long streak of 3+ miles.

    Thanks for the gloves!! Now I just need to get a cell phone with a touch screen to go with them :)

  6. That is crazy! Hopefully you can find a doctor who might be able to help. My streak ended sometime last week when I had to help out at our store - darn self employment - ha! Hope you feel better soon... :) LOVE the bobble head. Hilarious, it does look just like him!

  7. Sorry to hear about the vertigo! I used to get that years ago and it's horrible. I hope it passes soon.

  8. Sorry about the vertigo, hopefully you are able to find the root cause of it.

    That bobblehead that you got for Jim is phenomenal - his life must be complete now =)

  9. Wow that vertigo sounds hideous! I'm glad your getting a second opinion. I've learnt not to trust the vast majority of doctors and when they say you'll just have to live with it, it usually means they don't know what the hell's going wrong. Hope you get some answer from the ENT and if you don't I know a great one here. She runs with my squad and it's not too far to come for a consult.

  10. Sorry that your streak came to an end. Hopefully, you are feeling better and can finish the last few days strong. I had good intentions, but finding the motivation to get out and do extra runs is very hard for me around the holidays. I'm just happy that I am still upright and dressed these days.

    I love the bobble head Jim!

  11. awww man so sorry. I do know exactly how awful that is!! Not fun when you are on a roll to have it interrupted either. Hope you are getting back to normal

  12. That is the best Christmas present ever!
    Vertigo does suck. I am sorry this is not improving for you and you are right to keep looking for some help. Good luck.

  13. That is an awesome Christmas present!

    Sorry about the vertigo, I have another friend dealing with that and she has had to take a break from running. Hers doesn't seem as bad as yours though, it sounds awful.

    I was sad to break my streak after 19 days but I had to rest for a race. I am back to it now though!

  14. The vertigo sounds so awful. I hope the ENT has better ideas. That doesn't sound like any way to live!

    20 days is still a kickarse streak!!!

  15. That sounds AWFUL! Definitely keep shopping around for a second, third, or twentieth opinion until you find someone that doesn't just say "oh, sorry, you'll just have to live with it." That's not an answer, as far as I'm concerned! You're way too young, vibrant, and active for that to be your option.

    GOOD LUCK! And coolest gift ever, by the way!

  16. That's awful. I hope you are feeling better. I hope you can find a doctor that can give you some answers. Living with that kind of 'just deal with it' advice from the medical community is not something that anyone should have to do.

    I freaking LOVE the bobblehead! Where did you get it????

    Have a fantastic new year!

  17. I've had vertigo "episodes" (I called them) - I know your pain!! It truly sucks and I'm sorry to hear you've had to deal with them. Mine were helped a lot with visits to the chiro and watching my neck tension, shoulder tension. Bad posture doesn't help me... I know that wont be the answer for everyone but are your shoulders and/or neck often tense?