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Lake Eva State Park

Walking in my neighborhood can get boring and monotonous.  So, I’ve started exploring other options for walking to help motivate me to get outside and do it (rather than the gym).  And once I’m jogging more, hopefully these spots I’m exploring will be great jogging spots.  I used to always run on a track in college, and I prefer that the most.  However, I’ve done some research and can’t find any public-use tracks in my area.  Even though schools have them, they are locked after-hours and not open to the public.  Very disappointing.

Lake Eva State Park is located in Haines City, Florida.

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Over the past few years, it has been improved with recreation areas, playgrounds, etc.  It’s a great spot for a picnic or to bring the kids.  The playgrounds are even age-specific.  Something I had never seen!  There is a sidewalk that winds through the park and near the lake.  Some shade trees are along the sidewalk but not many.  I don’t know the distance of the sidewalks, but I took my time walking and taking in all the sights (it was hot) and walked for a little over 20 minutes.  Hopefully, once the weather gets cooler, I can take advantage of walks/jogs in this park on the weekends.

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There’s a little dock that goes out into the water.  It was nice and peaceful on this day as there weren’t many people near the water, they were mostly on the playgrounds.  As with any body of water in Florida, beware of alligators.  LOL.

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I’m Jogging!

I’ve started jogging in cardiac rehab!!!!  It was so exciting to begin!  Of course, my doctor had already given permission for me to start, but I had to work up to it in cardiac rehab to ensure my blood pressure and heart rate were doing ok first.  I am doing 26 minutes on the treadmill there now – 4 minutes @ 3.0 speed; 2 minutes @ 4.0-4.2 speed (jogging); repeat.  I’m glad they only started me with 2 minute jogging intervals.  Since I haven’t been running since February, I was fine with this short amount of time.  I don’t enjoy running on treadmills, and with the heart monitor strapped to me and nurses checking on me every few minutes, it’s a little overwhelming.  I am not experiencing shortness of breath like I thought I might (and like I did during my stress test), but I am definitely experiencing fatigue in my lower legs and heavy breathing towards the end of the 2 minutes.  My running shoes probably aren’t helping because they are an old pair that is uncomfortable.  I’m only wearing them because my other running shoes (5 years old and ready to be replaced) got soaking wet a few weeks ago and now smell incredibly terrible.  Maybe this weekend I will go shopping for running shoes!  That will also help inspire me to run.  It’s like shopping for school supplies every fall (some of you will know what I mean)!

I’ve been running now in cardiac rehab for 3 sessions and I even ran at the gym one night!  On the gym’s treadmill, I walked for 5 minutes at 3.0 speed and ran for 2 minutes at 4.0 speed.  I did this for 30 minutes total.  I felt my pace was better and overall I felt better on this treadmill.  I’m sure because I was in my own element.  The only hard thing was checking my heart rate on the machine.  I have to place my hands over the handles several times to get the reading.  I can’t wait to get my own heart rate watch!!

I haven’t set my goal yet…but I feel it coming on.  I’d like to be able to run a 5K in about a year.  Wouldn’t that be great to prove that one doctor wrong who said I’d probably never run a 5K again!!!

Orlando Heart Walk

The 2014 Orlando Heart Walk was a huge success!  I set my goal at $300, and due to the overwhelming generosity of my friends and family, I raised $660!!!!  This surpassed anything I even thought was possible, so I guess I will need to have a higher goal next year!!

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The night before, I made a tshirt to wear.  The front said “Survivor” and the back said “love your heart blog .com”.  I also made a tshirt for my friend to wear that said “I walk for JAG”, which is my team name and purpose.  And, I made a heart bow for my hair.  🙂

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It didn’t seem like there were half as many people at the heart walk this year, which was great for me.  Last year, the crowds were awful and getting onto UCF campus to park was a disaster.  This year, the parking situation was a little better, and I was able to park closer to the festivities, which gave me more energy for the walk.  My parents and a friend met me there.  My dad, also a survivor, had only planned to do the 1 mile walk, but he was determined to do the 3 mile walk that morning!!  I advised him against it, but he had his mind set!

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We walked around and enjoyed the tents, free stuff, free bananas, I signed the heart wall, etc.  One tent was giving away “survivor” hats from AHA.  My dad already had his, so I went to the tent to get mine.  The girl at the tent said, “um, these are only for survivors…”.  And I said, “I am a survivor!”  The other girl at the tent said, “Yeah, didn’t you see her shirt?  It says she’s a survivor!”  I’m sure it was an awkward moment for the girl who judged me.  It’s not the first time I’ve encountered that.  Like my doctor said and I’ve said before…I’m not the face of a heart attack, but it happened to me!  I proudly accepted my survivor hat!

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The walk began at 8am, and it was SOOOOO HOT and humid!!!  I probably drank 3 bottles of water during the walk.  Luckily, there were iced water bottle stops at the 1 and 2 mile markers.  My dad had to stop and rest a couple times throughout the walk, so my friend and I kept going.  It was a leisurely pace, which made the heat a little more bearable.  And before we knew it, we were at the finish line!!  It did not seem like 3.1 to me, but I was so excited that I did it!!  It’s the farthest I’ve walked since my heart attack, and it was a huge milestone (pun intended) for me.  My dad also completed it (not long after I crossed the finish line), and I was SOO excited for him.  I could tell he was very determined and pleased with his achievement!  It’s probably the most he’s ever walked.  LOL.

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After the walk, they had CPR dummies set out on a tarp on the grass and did a couple of training sessions for everyone.  I thought this was a great resource for folks (especially kids), and many people participated.  You didn’t have to do mouth-to-mouth, just compressions.  It made me think that CPR should be something that heart attack survivors and their families should be required to become certified in before leaving the hospital after a heart event.  My mom realized she didn’t know what to do if something ever happened to my dad, so she went to a table where they were demonstrating and explaining to individuals to learn.

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It was still so hot outside (luckily, I finally found a tent that was giving away fans), but I wanted my picture with the “my 65 guy” and my fave show, New Girl (I just got my bangs done).  We left shortly after the finish and went to breakfast at First Watch.  It felt good to indulge (a little) after working so hard and sweating so much.

The rest of the day, I rested on my couch.  I was exhausted from the heat and so proud of all the money I raised for a cause that is so dear to my heart (yep!  pun intended).

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