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!
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!
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.
Today I am halfway through my antibiotics and I think they are helping! I have not taken any Zyrtec in over a week and I really don't need it anymore. It was a busy weekend. Last week I went to a massage therapist for my hip flexor issue and had the best massage ever. She really loosened things up. She recommended I check back in occasionally while I'm training for the half marathon and I agree. She was impressed with my flexibility and thought I could benefit from some Yoga - my trainer has also suggested this, so I think I'll try a class tomorrow.
I went for a 3.1 mile run before our family reunion. My leg felt great! My breathing was good - I used my inhaler. My pace was 11:07 for the run which was really good for me on a solo run. Then we went off to a family reunion for my husband's family on his Mom's side. It was at a forest preserve and the weather was great. There were about 90 people there and it was a great afternoon.
As usual, the weekend flew by and back to work. I'm heading to the gym for strength training class tonight, yoga tonight and a workout with my trainer on Wednesday. I'm going to try and get up in the morning to go out for a run on Tuesday and Thursday when it's not too hot. We'll see if I actually get out of bed!
The new 5% challenge started, so I'm really going to try and hit the 5% this time. We'll see how it goes. Have a great week everyone!
So, all this time I thought I had allergies. Stuffy nose, post nasal drip, coughing - especially bothering me when I am working out and running. Pretty much driving me crazy. I've been taking Zyrtec and using a prescription nasal spray. My sisters both have allergies and are doing allergy shots. My doctor referred me to an allergist and on Tuesday I went in for allergy testing. They poked my arms with little needles with all sorts of allergens and no reaction - except to the histamine control. Then they did little injections of all of the allergens - still nothing!
They also did a pulmonary function test where you exhale into a tube and then inhale. My results were very normal. But then they gave me an albuterol inhaler and my results improved by 10% - which was pretty significant. Bottom line. Chronic sinus infection with lots of junk ending up in my lungs. So, I'm on a 2 week course of antibiotics and I have an inhaler to use before exercise. If it does not clear up in 2 weeks, then she wants to do a CT scan of my sinuses. Not really what I was expecting, but hopefully it clears up and running will be more enjoyable!