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Week 3 of Half Marathon Training

Friday, August 01, 2014

Almost done with Week 3 of Marathon training - 3miles on Monday, 4 miles on Tuesday, cross training on Thursday and 3 miles today. 4 mile group run tomorrow. This is seriously the most running I've ever done in a week and I'm feeling pretty good. My breathing was better this week after I realized the inhaler I was using at the end of last week was empty - rookie mistake. Now I know. After almost a week on the new inhaler I'm doing better.

My biggest challenge is going to be keeping on track with my running on vacation. I have a work phone that does not have international service so my RunKeeper App won't work on vacation. I'm thinking I may just time my runs based on my usual times or see if my hubby will lend me his phone. I'll also need to find some running routes where we are and maybe talk my daughter into running with me while we're in Spain. I just want to make sure I don't lose the ground I've gained.

But I'm definitely looking forward to getting away from work and relaxing! TGIF everyone!

  
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ZIGGY122 8/8/2014 12:54PM

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ALLYCANDOIT 8/7/2014 9:04PM

    Oh my gosh you are so Amazing. Such an inpiration!

Have so much fun in Spain and happy running!

Ally

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EFDUNCAN 8/5/2014 7:02PM

    Sounds like you are on track for the marathon. Have fun on your trip.

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MAWMAW101 8/3/2014 7:14AM

    Good for you, enjoy your vacation!
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Phyllis~~

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STAY39 8/2/2014 11:59AM

    Awesome job! Keep it up. I am glad the training is going smoothly. emoticon

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SWEETNEEY 8/2/2014 7:00AM

    Great on your running. It must be exciting planning to run in Spain & Ireland.

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TERI-RIFIC 8/1/2014 5:32PM

    Great running so far! Have fun on your trip. I know you will find a way to keep on track. emoticon

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MSHEL7 8/1/2014 2:08PM

    Sounds like you have some great plans in place. emoticon

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Half Marathon Training Continues

Monday, July 28, 2014

We had our second group run on Saturday for 4 miles and the weather was great. We are not having our typical July weather, it was in the high 60's - great for running. My breathing is not where it should be and I am waiting to get back to see the Asthma/Allergy specialist but it will not be until I get back from vacation. So I'll just have to tough it out for now. Getting ready to head out for 3 miles now.

However, my hip and hamstring are so much better. I have been doing some exercises to strengthen my glute, but the biggest change was swapping out my desk chair for a stability ball. It may sound crazy, but it allows me to relieve pressure and stretch throughout the day. It also is strengthening my core. I am not getting the hamstring pain or sciatic pain I had been getting - big improvement.

Not much else new. A friend of mine in Colorado wants to virtually train for a half marathon so I just sent her the schedule. We'll connect on Facebook to keep each other on track. It is cool again today and getting into the 50's at night. Hard to believe in Chicago especially with August right around the corner.

Hope everyone had a great weekend!
Noreen

  
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SWEETNEEY 7/30/2014 12:00AM

    Lucky you - cool weather for the summer. When and where is vacation?

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MAWMAW101 7/29/2014 12:21PM

    Way to go! Our Southern Indana weather is awesome too. I don't run but the walk can come any time of the day which is so good.
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STAY39 7/29/2014 12:09PM

    Awesome job! Keep it up! You are going to kill the 1/2 marathon! emoticon

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RUNNING-TURTLE 7/29/2014 11:43AM

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ALLYCANDOIT 7/29/2014 9:29AM

    Way to stay in the groove!

You can do it.

Sending warm weather your way. Enjoy your vacation!

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Ally

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MSHEL7 7/28/2014 6:31PM

    Great work, that's cool about your friend in Co. Glad you are having some cool weather, wish we were, it is unusually hot and humid here this year. The water just runs off of me and the window unit. Enjoy.

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Half Marathon Training Begins!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Well, this week kicks off my half marathon training. I need to get out for a 2 mile run this afternoon and 3 miles tomorrow. I signed up for training with the local running store and will be doing group runs with them on Saturday mornings at 6:30 am. Not my favorite time of the day to run, but a great way to get the day started!

Strange July weather here in the Chicago area. They are calling it our second Polar Vortex. It will be in the low 70's during the day but in the 50's in the evening. Very strange for mid-July.

Well at least this week should be pleasant running weather! Hope everyone had a great weekend!
Noreen

  
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MAWMAW101 7/20/2014 7:44AM

    What a great inspiration you are. Hope your run went well yesterday and the good weather held out. We live in southern Indiana and the air-conditioner has not run for a week! Very odd for July.
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MRSP90X 7/16/2014 12:07PM

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Since DH and I are missing some workouts, I am doing some emoticon at home as well as Kettlebell swing DVD's. I got plan B covered! Not liking it, but I got a plan!

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GAILANN48 7/15/2014 11:01AM

    Wow, what determination and what progress! You're amazing, Noreen. :)

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STAY39 7/15/2014 10:12AM

    That is so great! Have fun training! emoticon

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BOOKLOVINGGIRL 7/15/2014 10:08AM

    Sounds like great running weather. emoticon on beginning your half marathon training. That's so exciting!

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SWEETNEEY 7/15/2014 8:23AM

    Lucky you for the weather. I'm yearning to run but can't seem to get organized. I have a distraction and I need to control that. Do you get goosebumps as you start your training for the next race. Right now I'm getting a rush just thinking about running, but that doesn't quite = achievement. The rubber needs to hit the road.

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QUEENIEBELLE 7/14/2014 8:51PM

    It's been so exciting to see what running has become for you, and all of the resulting physical changes. That is so cool. Early for a working girl's Saturday (do you remember as a teen ager getting to sleep until the crack of noon lol) but a great time of the morning. Weird weather is everywhere- here in high desert Az. we keep waiting and waiting for monsoon- it's rained tiny bits in dribs and drabs but it just won't bust loose up here. Did a little better down in Phx. It's kind of hanging in the air here but just won't let it go. The carpet cleaners were here today, the video people are here tomorrow, and we list on Friday so I'm sparking as a chore break right now lol. Catch you later- keep up the good work you're doing awesome.

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LUCKYDUCK2 7/14/2014 7:43PM

    Here in the Dakotas, we are having the same strange weather for July. Our highs during the day are going to be in the upper 60's and our nights as low as the mid 40's.

I admire you getting out there and RUNNING! I am still in walk (insert with a waddle) stage but someday...I dare to dream about running. One step at a time. Hugs and happy training.

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RUNNING-TURTLE 7/14/2014 3:00PM

    Great for you on the running training this week. Bet you will have lots of fun. I'm not complaining about some cooler temps coming up. Any more the heat bothers me. So I would love mid 70's during the day, and 50's in the evening. Have a great week.

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ALLYCANDOIT 7/14/2014 1:07PM

    Whoooo Hoooooo You go girl. That 6:30 am momentum will carry through the whole day. Kind of like the Marines "we do more before noon....." or was that Army? Oh well.


Yes so strange the weather. Maybe it will be warm in February. Lol

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TERI-RIFIC 7/14/2014 12:43PM

    Keep us posted! It's exciting to be preparing for a race. emoticon

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MSHEL7 7/14/2014 12:09PM

    That is strange weather. Have a great run, I know you will do great at your half marathon.

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Update from the Allergist

Thursday, July 10, 2014

So, after finding out I'm not allergic to anything I had at CT Scan of my sinuses which turned out to be mostly normal. I also had a chest x-ray that showed some bronchitis so the Allergist/Asthma doctor wants my to do a trial of an inhaler - Symbicort. I am supposed to use it twice a day and then follow-up with her in 3 weeks. I had been using an Albuterol inhaler before exercise and I think it just made me cough more.

So I picked up some samples of the inhaler today and started it. Then I went out for a run this afternoon. I'm not sure if it works this quickly or if its a placebo effect, but I felt really good. I was not winded or coughing and I was actually running at a better pace than I normally run. So, I guess I'll see how it goes. It was even close to 80 degrees and sunny when I was out there.

I'm hoping this is the answer since I need to ramp up my running for the half marathon training. Hope everyone is having a great week!
Noreen

  
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LUCKYDUCK2 7/12/2014 8:59PM

    I hope this continues to work for you too so you can continue to do what you enjoy. HUGS

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GAILANN48 7/12/2014 3:26AM

    Hope is a GOOD thing, but it sounds as if this may be the answer instead of a placebo. Good for you to keep after this instead of just accepting. I hope this is the beginning of the end of your breathing problem.

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STAY39 7/11/2014 8:57PM

    Hope you continue to feel better!

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BOOKLOVINGGIRL 7/11/2014 3:04PM

    So glad you had a good run with no coughing. Your status says you ran three miles. That's emoticon !!

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SWEETNEEY 7/11/2014 9:42AM

    Hope this medication brings you the relief you desire. Running in 80 degrees - You are my IRONWOMAN of the year.

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KJDINSC 7/11/2014 8:17AM

    Glad you're feeling better.... good luck!

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ALLYCANDOIT 7/10/2014 9:00PM

    All my fingers and toes are crossed that this is your answer! emoticon

Glad you didn't give up and "live" with it.

Ally

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GEORGE815 7/10/2014 5:35PM

    Good luck on your marathon training. Seems like your health is kind of back.

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MSHEL7 7/10/2014 5:21PM

    Won't it be wonderful if that does the trick? Great news. I hope it continues to work for you.

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Into July

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Well, I thought the antibiotics were helping at first, but not really much better. Still congested and coughing. Back to the Allergist yesterday and she didn't think I was much improved. So next step is a chest x-ray and a CT scan of my sinuses and see if anything shows up. It has been a busy medical week - Monday I had my follow-up endoscopy for my Barrett's esophagus - still there and I do have a small hiatal hernia. They took some biopsies and I'll have to wait for the results. No treatment for the hiatal hernia, it is small and I do not notice it and the GI doctor told me there is no good surgery for it. That is good news since I would like to avoid any and all surgeries!

Meant to go to Yoga last night, but I was just so tired. I did go for a short run in the afternoon and then went for a walk in the evening. I am planning on getting some strength training in tonight. I did treat myself to some Bluetooth headphones since the cord is always a pain. I do like them, so far 2 thumbs up!

Plan on getting back on a regular running schedule starting tomorrow morning so I am ready for training starting on July 19th with the running group. Should be a low key weekend - BBQ with the neighbors on Friday.

Hope everyone is having a great week!
Noreen

  
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ALEXTHEHUN 7/6/2014 12:37PM

    Holidays are great, but I find I thrive when there is more structure and schedule.

Still, you don't find me turning down the opportunity for a day off!

Hope you're getting better.
Cheers!

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STAY39 7/4/2014 11:08AM

    Sorry you are not feeling better yet. I too have a small hiatal hernia. Are you on Prilosec because that really helps me? That and avoiding crappy food of course. You must be anxious to get back to running. Feel better soon!!

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GAILANN48 7/3/2014 12:17PM

    I'm so sorry the news wasn't what we'd hoped, Noreen. I have confidence that your allergist will figure it out, though, and that you'll be right as rain soon, even if a season change might be necessary. I wonder if you might be allergic/sensitive to something in the air besides pollen?

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BOOKLOVINGGIRL 7/3/2014 11:57AM

    Hope you feel better soon. Sounds like you're not letting your health keep you down. Good for you!

Happy Independence Day!

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SWEETNEEY 7/3/2014 7:55AM

    Ooh Bluetooth headphones. I don't have those - Gotta get them emoticon . I have a lingering dental problem and I need to deal with that. So, I get inspiration from you and others who MAKE appointments and keep them.

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QUEENIEBELLE 7/2/2014 5:22PM

    Good job on taking care of yourself through all of this. Enjoy your BBQ with neighbors on Friday- that's what we're doing too. I'm bringing the deviled eggs so I know what's in them! Went to the beauty school today and got a pedi- red nails, and mani- blue sparkly nails! Living on the wild side lol. Have a nice long week-end off from work.

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ALLYCANDOIT 7/2/2014 2:04PM

    So sorry to hear about your continued sinus issues. Praying that the answer will come soon with a quick surgery free fix.

So glad you are still taking care of yourself though all this too. emoticon

Have a great fourth if we don't talk before that. emoticon

Ally

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RUNNING-TURTLE 7/2/2014 1:34PM

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MRSP90X 7/2/2014 11:38AM

    I hear you on avoiding surgery!! I have had three in the last 5 years and wow, no thanks!! Sure pray you get better with the issues!! You have a fabulous weekend!!

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MSHEL7 7/2/2014 11:32AM

    I'm so sorry that you are not much much better. I'll be praying that the situation improves quickly for you with no major problems.

Have a wonderful weekend, we're off to the mountain again this afternoon. Take care.

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