Now I'm sore.

Today I went to help Sensei remodel one of the dojos. He had put up a sign asking for volunteers. I was surprised at how few had signed up to help.
Our culture says “I’ve hired you as a teacher, so it’s your job to provide me with a facility (dojo), and to provide me with […]

Karate graduation!

Today was the end of my one-month beginners’ class, and now I am ready to join the regular class.
The regular class starts right after the beginners’ class ends, and, after a few minutes’ rest, I decided I wanted to do it, today. What was I thinking?!
Of course it was “too much.” This time I wasn’t […]

The day after

The Tuesday/Thursday class is in the evening, and it’s a good thing. I had plenty of time to decide whether to go to class tonight.
I went, and it wasn’t bad at all. Well, it was hard, but that’s good. I got to find out that I could still get through a hard class.
Have to remember […]

Uh oh.

Last week I did five classes, and all was fine. But today wasn’t so fine.
I want to say it was the hardest class yet, but I’ve said that too many times. It was really scary, though. I kept thinking, “maybe this is where I’m supposed to quit.” I wondered if I’d pass out. I wondered […]

Eight days a week!

My son wanted to do the Tuesday/Thursday class instead of M/W/F, so I drove him. Then, when I got there, I decided to do the class too.
Nothing to report. Same “it was hard.” Same “I sweat a lot.” Same “I did it!”
Can I do five days a week? I wonder!
I’ve started taping my arches. Seems […]

Ho hum. I do Karate.

This is starting to feel pretty routine. Wake up sore, do class, feel exhausted and exhilarated.
I don’t seem to be heading for a flare. (Yay!) Fibromyalgia and CFS are still there, but things are better, overall. Plenty of naps seems to balance plenty of Karate.


Today started out well. I have been moving well, for instance, and doing basic household things, like picking something up off the floor, moving a box, etc.
But now I’m sore.
Not so worried about Karate. That seems to make me feel better, instead of worse. But I still wish my legs didn’t hurt so much. And […]

No matter what?

Slept poorly last night. Woke up stiff, sore, unhappy. I was saying “this is it. I’ve reached the limit. I can’t do the class today.”
But then I remembered that I’d promised myself I’d go. If I am able to get into the car and transport myself to the Dojo, I will. Then, if I can’t […]

Long naps

I’m back to taking long naps.
Karate takes maybe six hours out of every day that I do it. That’s 18 hours a week. But it’s worth it. On my non-Karate days, I can now make dinner, stay awake longer, and play with my kids. I stand straighter, and who knows? I may get strong enough […]

Workout soreness

Sensei asked me whether I was sore between classes, and I realized that while I’ve had pain during class, and fatigue after, I haven’t experienced any “athletic” soreness. None of that good kind I used to get when I was healthy, after a good workout.
I’m pushing hard, and I’m feeling it; I don’t know why […]