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First Half-Marathon Excitement Just Keeps Buiding

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

If anyone would've told me eighteen months ago that I would be lookng forward to running, much less 2+ hours.....multiple times, I would have called the men with the funny white coats to take them away, BUT IT'S TRUE! And the closer that day comes, the more I am looking forward to my first half. To make it EVEN better, one of my favorite running buddies, who I don't get to run with except once a month or so has just signed up and is running her first with me!

Two weeks ago, we both ran our longest runs in our llives together and we are meeting up on Saturday early to do a 12 miler. The shorter runs we do alone since we live about 45 mins away from each other. We are getting together every other week for the long long runs though....meeting halfway for the runs.
That race is the Chicago Half-Marathon on 9/11 and then I have 5 weeks until my second ... where I am hoping to meet another Sparker (Nicholas - AbsoluteZero) and see my baby sis and her son, who I haven't seen in a few years now. This is going to be an awesome fall!!! WOOHOO!!!!!

  
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PRIMALMICHAEL 7/27/2011 1:14PM

    What an adventure!
Good luck to you both!

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KKINNEA 7/27/2011 10:50AM

    Wow, great! I know you'll have a great time and do well!

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ERLYWA 7/27/2011 9:14AM

    I'm so excited for you!!! I run my first half in December here in Arizona, and Nicholas is coming out here to run it with me, so that will make it even MORE special! I hope you get to hook up with him at your second race, he is very inspiring, isn't he? Anyway, my race is still four months away so I am enjoying getting to hear about your excitement! :)

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RUNNER12COM 7/27/2011 8:28AM

    This is all kinds of awesome!

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IMSMILEY88 7/27/2011 8:27AM

    How exciting! And, I'm sure it helps to have a buddy for those long runs!

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MIMIKK7 7/27/2011 8:22AM

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CHALLENGER15 7/27/2011 6:55AM

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MDEAL72 7/27/2011 5:57AM

    Yay! I am so excited for you, and glad that you've got a buddy to get you through the long runs. It definitely makes the time fly by, doesn't it?

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GREYLOCKES1 7/26/2011 11:48PM

    Be careful in this heat. I know you are farther north but didn't look like much cooler than we are. Hopefully it cools off by RnR St Louis in October

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BEYONDLIMITS 7/26/2011 10:58PM

    That's so exciting! Keep up the good work. I look forward to reading about the results of your half! emoticon

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LKEITHO 7/26/2011 10:32PM

    Sounds great! And wait until you cross the finish line for your first one - it is an unbelievable feeling!

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SMILESRME 7/26/2011 10:22PM

    Oh Boy!!! How exciting for you girl! I can see that you are doing smart training and preparation for the half. And it's even more special doing it with a friend. Aren't our bodies miraculously and wonderfully made? and to think that you never would have thought to run a half marathon 18 months ago!! That is exactly how I felt when I did my first half last fall (and my second one a few weeks later too!) A friend and I signed up to do the Denver Rock and Roll Half this November, so I am starting the training hard too!

Looking forward to hearing all about your experience!!

Be blessed!
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For The More Mature Ladies....and Those Who Anticipate Getting There

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Okay, here it is.....all my life, I have been cold (temperature wise), that is until midlife and the onset of perimenopause. It was kind of nice not being cold all the time but it didn't take long for the hot flashes to get old. And the older I got, the worse they got, until the past 3+ years when an uninterrupeted nights sleep was non-existent and for the past couple years I've had to change sheets every night or two, sleep with the ceiling fan on or the window cracked in winter etc etc etc...many of you ladies know exactly what I'm talking about. For the past year, every night I've been awaken 4-6 times and endured 12-18 moderate to severe hot flashes every day. I didn't want to risk going on HRT and the over the counter remedies, even when doubled up did little or no good.

Here's the exciting part....I agreed to take part in a double blind study, this is actually phase three and there has been great success in the first two phases, so if this phase is as successful, we could be looking at FDA approval as early as next year! The trial is for a drug called Mesafem - a VEY LOW dose of the drug that is also PAXIL (7.5mg day-yes, that's only 7.5 not 75). I am four days into the double blind portion of the study and there is NO DOUBT that I am getting the trial drug. I am sleeping through the night and the sleep is quality sleep. I thought I was fairly energetic before, but the results of the sound sleep are miraculous enough. I am also clearer headed and today, I may have had one moderate and two mild hot flashes....all day! For those of you still suffering the quality of life effects of hot flashes and for those of you who are yet to experience this....I am truly sorry! Believe me, I KNOW how it feels - and am dreading the day when this study ends, but there is hope. Pray for quick acceptance and approval from the FDA. It's amazing - you won't believe what a difference this makes and how much you've forgoten about feeling rested and having energy.

  
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MIMIKK7 7/26/2011 9:20AM

    I will hope that the medication gets FDA approval very soon because it sounds like it has huge benefits to offer. Your blog makes me want to take the medication too! emoticonMy symptoms from menopause have been hot flashes and insomnia too. Both symptoms disrupt life tremendously. I have been on bio-identical hormone replacement therapy for about 2.5 years and have had pretty good success but that insomnia emoticonstill rears its ugly head several times per month. Thanks for sharing your success and wishing you continued success with your therapy. emoticon emoticon

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CINDYCHARLENE 7/25/2011 10:29PM

    Oh how well I can relate. It has only been 26 yrs since I was put into full menopause due to a cancer operation. At first it was awful and I took Premarin. But I decided after 11 yrs of it and studying the long term side effects I would stop. I still have hot flashes but not as bad. Flax seed oil helps with my mild hot flashes.

I am so glad you found something that helps. I pray for your sake it will be approved. It is so wonderful to have a good nights sleep. Sweet dreams tonight.
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SLIMLILA 7/25/2011 12:19AM

    I too am postmenopausal and was thinking I was pretty lucky that hot flashes are over and no other apparent effects, but after reading your blog, I guess I should have counted my insomnia - afterall, I had figured out it was a symptom of PMS... how could I have forgotten that? Even on a sleeping pill, I still smetimes don't get to sleep at all or wake after 3 or 4 hours..

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BERRY4 7/24/2011 9:47PM

    I can't imagine going 3 yrs of nights without interruption! I would go crazy or hurt myself or someone else. -- I know the period of time that I went through night sweats really did affect the rest of my day.

Glad for you that you've found something to help! (I would make plans w/ a dr. for afterwards to be able to continue something until you are through this "time".)

Take care of yourself!

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NANCYE43 7/24/2011 10:12AM

    I'm so glad this is working for you. I don't consider that I have a problem with this - I only occasionally get hot flashes - enough to understand how horrible it would be to have them multiple times a day. This is good news for all women - to have an option that is less dangerous and effective.

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IZZYBEBOP 7/24/2011 5:50AM

    I'm so glad it's working for you. I suffered through hot flashes, took prem-pro for a while, then just decided to tough them out. What helped me at night was putting in a window A/C in the bedroom. I'm post-menopausal now, but still get them occasionally, but mostly right after I eat dinner for some reason.

Hope it keeps working for you, and they officially put it on the market.

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WALKINGGRANDMA 7/23/2011 10:14PM

    Thanks for sharing your study findings. It is wonderful to find a drug that helps. It does seem promising. You are in phase 3 of the study. They will probably let you know at some point what side your medication is on.

So glad you are sleeping better already. And in the summer heat!

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SOULOFADANCER 7/23/2011 9:33PM

    OO THAT IS GREAT THAT THEY FOUND ANPTHER USE FOR THAT DRUG
My sister in law took it for smokin cessatipona nd it worked amazingly!!

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MSWEEZER 7/23/2011 9:27PM

    Hey thanks for sharing. I'm in a weird place in the process. NOt really having hot flashes but have all other symptoms it seems. So if it is a form of paxal or has some of it's derivitives, would a low dose of that work? I'm sure there is more to it than that but made me wonder.

Glad you have having a GREAT experience and a good night's sleep would be fantastic!!

Keep us posted!

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CJEANNEM 7/23/2011 9:18PM

    Hello, Its too late for me to take advantage of the information in your blog. It was very well written, and I hope the medicine will be available for you soon. Do you know the only good thing about being obese? Our bodies store estrogen in our fat. I didn't have any of the symptoms you describe. My mother didn't either and she was thin. I do know she had some emotional problems-maybe due to her marriage. I'd rather be thin and sleepless.
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Just Another Example Of Being Saisfied With Progress...and Not Perfection

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Last night I went to bed with high hopes of seeing eight uninterrupted hours of sleep. It has been so very long since I last managed that feat. I think the excitement of anticipation actually made it difficult for me to fall asleep, but I did and all was going well....for about 4 hours...then the storm hit, literally. You know, those driving rains with thunder and lightening and the works which usually make me sleep BETTER, but which also make our dogs INSANE! My sis did what she could, she let the dogs out and still, they simply would not settle down, so I wound up getting up to comfort our Golden (Maggie) until she calmed down. I did get back to sleep and got up at just before what would've been the 8.5 hour point. Let the dogs and cat back out and in and fed them and sparked some and ate breakfast and read a little and then...took a nap! Just a half hour or so, but for the first time in what seems like forever, I feel quite well rested, and so far today, am free of the symptoms that have been robbing me of my sleep for so long. My thinking seems to be clearer and I am preparing to have a productive weekend. Have three projects that I want to accomplish or at least make major progress on as long as I can stay focused.

I didn't quite reach my goal, but there will be other nights and like so many others lessons that I've learned and goals that I have set since I began my Spark journey, I have realized that this too is about progress and not perfection and the progress is reason enough to celebrate! WOOHOO!

  
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CINDYCHARLENE 7/25/2011 10:38PM

    Hooray for you that you got some well deserved sleep. So glad you are feeling more rested. It sure makes for a more pleasant day. Love you!
Charlene
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SLIMLILA 7/24/2011 1:16AM

    Love the title of your blog. I too have sleeping problems. And I should look at it the way you do, for instance last nite, I actually put in ear plugs and I got a better sleep.. so progress not perfection is certainly a good goal to aim for...

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NELLIEC 7/23/2011 8:30PM

    Your body is thanking you for the rest!!!

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MIMIKK7 7/23/2011 6:44PM

    So many reasons to celebrate! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
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RUTHIEBEAR 7/23/2011 12:43PM

    emoticon emoticon From soneone who suffers from sleep apnea and insomnia I understand and appreciate your needing to sleep and how much better you feel when you get enough. emoticon

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The Sweetest of Dreams

Friday, July 22, 2011

It's almost 9:30pm and I have the weekend off, so normally I would not be cutting short the blog, but tonight, I have a date...........with Mr. Sandman. Yes, this will be the official fourth night of the clinical trial that I am participating in and each night (and subsequent day) has gone a little better. Not perfect, mind you, but a marked improvement. Enough that I slept for 7.5 hours without waking ip for the first time in months and months and months. Going for a new record tonight - gonna shoot for 8 or better consecutive hours. I even left a note for my sis that if the dogs get up before 6AM, they are on her! Can't wait to see what kind of energy I have when I get a second FULL night's sleep!

  
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CINDYCHARLENE 7/25/2011 10:41PM

    WONDERFUL. AMAZING! BEAUTIFUL! AWAKE TO A NEW YOU! I'M PRAYING FOR YOU THAT THIS ONLY GETS BETTER.
LOVE,
CHARLENE
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NANCYE43 7/24/2011 10:08AM

    This sounds too good to be true. What are you doing?

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MIMIKK7 7/23/2011 6:41PM

    That is way emoticonon the emoticonI am so happy for you! It sure makes for a better day when your night goes so well! I hope you have continued success with your dates with Mr. Sandman! emoticon emoticon

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NEWRUNNINGSHOES 7/23/2011 12:30PM

    7.5 hours of sleep?? Only in my dreams, haha!! Hope you can share your sleep secrets with us!

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DELERIOUS64 7/23/2011 11:54AM

    Wow, I think it 1987 was the last time I slept that long without waking up. Do you have any tips you can share??

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SEABREEZE64 7/23/2011 7:01AM

    Have a great night's sleep. Of course I am writing this in the morning....are you up yet (7:00 AM).

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PRIMALMICHAEL 7/23/2011 1:10AM

    I am wishing you and your date the very best night in bed.

Okay, that sounded strange.

Michael

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CHICAGOHEALTHY 7/23/2011 12:58AM

    Have a wonderful time during your date. I hope it is a very long dream date!
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NELLIEC 7/23/2011 12:43AM

    Mr. Sandman is a very wonderful date!

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KERRYG155 7/23/2011 12:06AM

    wow, that would be nice to get that much sleep without waking up! emoticon

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High Hopes

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Today was a relatively light day at work - just 6 hours - and not much business due to the heat wave we areexperiencing this week. We hit 93 degrees with a heat index over 100...not very good for the home improvement industry. Doesn't exactly inspire you to get out and replace your windows. That worked out well for me though as I had an appointment with the clinician who is supervising my case in the clinical trial and the appointment was for 30 minutes after I was scheduled to be off work, and it's an hour's drive away. I had to answer a slew of questionaires and then picked up the first month of either the trial drug, or the first monthof a placebo. Should know something within the next four days. Apparently the subjects who have been receiving the real thing have been having tremendous success, so here's hoping.....off to bed (and my first dose)!

  
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SEABREEZE64 7/22/2011 9:38AM

    {{Hugs}}
I am out of the loop... what is the trial study for?

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KWADHAMS 7/21/2011 1:55PM

    Whats the study for?

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CHICAGOHEALTHY 7/21/2011 12:19AM

    I too sure hope that you did get the trial drug and that you have tremendous success also!

Best wishes for good health!

Hope

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MIMIKK7 7/20/2011 11:21AM

    Wishing you the best! emoticon emoticon

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IZZYBEBOP 7/20/2011 9:02AM

    I didn't realize you were having any problems. I hope whatever it is, that you get the real thing and it helps.

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MYTURN11 7/20/2011 6:14AM

    Sending good healthy vibes your way, my friend. emoticon

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NELLIEC 7/20/2011 12:44AM

    Sounds hopeful!

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LKEITHO 7/19/2011 10:33PM

    I hope all goes well with the study!

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PRIMALMICHAEL 7/19/2011 10:18PM

    Best wishes to you!

Michael

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