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!
Monday, June 09, 2014
Saturday was my 10k - our graduation from our Running 201 class. I had not been running long distances for a couple of weeks prior to this due to my lower back and leg pain and it was a hot day, so my goal was not a PR - it was just to finish! I was able to run most of it, but at mile 5 I did walk a little bit. My friend Colleen ran most of it with me and we just kept a steady pace. When I stopped to walk, I told her to go ahead! At about 5.8 miles, her husband met me and ran the rest with me - what a nice guy! My official time was around 1:21:00 - but we had a 2 minute stop where I stopped to check on a young runner who was having chest pain. I think she just went out to quickly and got overheated. I checked her pulse, got her some water and waited until help arrived. Being a nurse, I just couldn't pass up someone in need.
After the run, I stopped at the physical therapy booth for some much needed stretching and the therapist told me my right hip is very restricted and that I would benefit from physical therapy. That afternoon, my husband and I went on a wine walk in Downtown Naperville. We went to 12 different stores that each featured a different wine and appetizer. It was a great way to spend the afternoon. While we were there, I stopped by the running store to thank my coach and ran into my previous coach and I was talking to her about my hip issue. She recommended a massage therapist that she uses and gave me her card. I have my first appointment next week and I'm hoping it helps. I spoke with her today and she asked me what issue I was having and she felt she could help me and get me on my way to my running goals.
Speaking of that, the half marathon training starts in mid-July! I really need to be able to run 6 miles and be at about an 11 minute per mile pace so I really need to step things up! My personal trainer is working on some speed and agility drills with me to help me get there too. I think it is really going to take a village to get me there!
Wish me luck!
Here I am with my running buddies before the race.
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