Friday, March 30, 2007

So What's Really Wrong With Me, That is The Question

Well another day....

Today's Run: Nothing again.
Today's AM Weight: 167.2

Well made an appointment with the DR for tomorrow AM 1015. We'll se what happens from there. BP average have been hovering around 130. (129/130). Wanted me to come back if it was 130 or over. So since I have medical insurances I'll just go back to the DR. Don't know if I'll be put on meds for that BP (Even though it is usually higher by 10 pts at the DR's office)

Last night was another 2.5-3 hours painting sessions that probably sapped energy out of me. Did not sleep good last night, and work-up warm in the middle of the night and restless. Who knows what that is. Today, my hands are slightly cold and sweaty. Not that much, but who knows what it is. I'll ask the DR about it tomorrow. Also, if he thinks I can start up the running on Sunday 4/1 or just take it easy for a while more.

I'm not really feeling the fatigue like I have previously, but I still don't feel 100% right. (It's been the same since January).

Tonight will be another painting session that will probably knock me out even more, but I just want to get it done to get it over with. I don't think my body is cut out for this house work anymore...

It's amazing how you can be knocked for such a loop. I had the best 2006 and 2007 has been my worst year so far. I can't believe three months has already passed by. Hopefully the next 9 months will be infinitely better.... I can hope can't I....

Thursday, March 29, 2007

Another Day...

Well it's another day...

Today's Run: NADA. Still in the rest period. Tentatively looking to start up on Sunday 4/1.
Today's Weight: 167.0

Well my shingles is somewhat getting better. The lymph nodes in my left hip are getting smaller I believe. Rash has almost gone away.

BP was 130/86 this AM, so averaged around 130/84 for the week. Will call the DR this evening and see if he wants me to come in.

Finished painting the upstairs bathroom cieling. Tonight will be the first coat of the walls.

Another sunny day outside and stuck inside. I think I need to be out in the sun for a while....

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

First Post

Well I've seen other runners use a blog to discuss/log there training...

I used to be a runner. Not that long ago. It all crashed down the week of January 7th, 2007. I was training for the Boston marathon on April 16th, 2007. I had qualified by running the New York City Marathon on November 5th, 2006 in 3:06.

The week of 1/7/07, I was trying to do my most miles ever (72 miles in a week). I had just gotten over a stomach virus from 12/29/06 to 12/31/06, so my miles for the week of 12/31/06 was lower than expected, so I wanted to bump up the mileage for the week of 1/7/07. It started out good with a 17 miler on 1/7, but on 1/8 felt like I was coming down with a cold. However, by Tues 1/9 felt OK and did a 15 miler with 7 0.6 mile hill repeats tossed in for good measure. The evening of 1/9 had a little "anxiety attack" episode, but ran on Wed 1/10 (7 miles) and Thurs 1/11 (12.5 mile Tempo). The evening of 1/11 Thurs was coming down with a cold again. Did not run Fri 1/12, but when I got home that evening from work decided to run on the treadmill. This is when it all starts to fall apart.....

That evening did 5 miles on the TM. HR jumped quickly above where it normally would be. AVG HR for run was 151 and it got up to 160 by the end (at a pace that normally would be ~145. Ignored those signs. This run was a 9pm Fri. Then the next AM around 7am, decided to run 7 miles outside. HR again jumped up to 140s within 1st 1/4 mile. Complete run 7 miles @ 8:30/mpm with AVG HR ~143. Still a little high.

Decided to take Sunday/Monday off. Monday afternoon felt like I was coming down with a cough. Went to doctor, gave me antibiotics for a Upper Respiratory Infection, plus BP was high (150/94).

So took the rest of the week off, scheduled a physical for the next Monday (1/22) and kept the next week obsessing about my blood pressure, since I was told to monitor it. It varied from 148/86 to 128/80. All over the place (worrying about it probably gave me HBP).

Physical on Mon 1/22 came and everything got checked out, except for a blip on the EKG. Doctor suggests to see a cardiologist for 2nd opinion. Made an appointment for 1/26. However, doctor said running was OK. So tried to run on Tues 1/23 AM on treadmill. Got about 1.5 miles at slow 5.7mph pace. HR would get high very fast (mind you 5.7mph is not even 10:00/mpm). Gave up. Felt really fatigued for the next few days.

Went to caridologist on Fri 1/26. BP 128/75, doc notices I have a murmur. Would like to come in for an echocardiogram (ultrasound of heart). Thats scheduled for Thurs 2/1. So I decide to skip running until get those results back. Echo is done (it is freaky to see your heart beating on the screen). Get results back on Mon 2/5 everything is normal.

Start running again on Tues 2/6. Decide to keep HR at or below 145. I end up running about 2.5 miles in 30 minutes (at or around 12:00/mpm). Avg HR for entire run is ~138. Mind you I ran 26.2 miles at 7:06/mile pace in three months earlier. I had on the TM at AHR 134 5 miles at 8:40/mpm. So this is a downer since I still feel something is wrong with me.

So run 2/6,2/7,2/8 and 2/10. However after run on Sat 2/10 feel like I am getting another cold. An of course I do get the sniffles. Out of action until Fri 2/16 when I start to feel better. So I decide to try another run on the TM. And of course I am slow at molasses again (12:00/mpm for 30 minutes). And of course I get that crappy fatigue feeling again.

So back to doc-in-a-box on Mon 2/19. Where I basically get another blood test to see if I have anything else wrong with me (my blood test on 1/22 came back normal), like Mono, Epstein-Barr, Lyme Disease, Anemia, B-12 problems, etc. Everything normal, so still have no clue. Start doing Nasal Saline Rinse and Emergen-C stuff. So I'll get it until Sun 2/26 to start up the running again.

Start up running again on Sun 2/25. Still slow as mollases around 11:45-12:00/mpm for 30 minutes on treadmill trying to keep my HR at or below 141. Fatigue starts to set in again on Tues 2/28, but I sill run 2/25,2/26,2/27 and 3/1. Feel like crap-o-rama again.

So back to doc-in-a-box on Mon 3/5. See doctor this time, since I had a couple of night sweats and my shoulder and hip are sore. (I have been installing crown moulding in upstairs bathroom, plus we have been using a crappy mattress). Diagnosed with an ear infection, given more antibiotics and got another blood test. Swear off running for a couple of weeks. Blood test is all normal except for elevated MCHC (37.0) and low Lymphocyte % (19). Doc-in-a-box says its nothing to be concerned about.

So March begins as a non-running month. Everything going OK, start to feel better. Then my left hip starts to hurt. Notice lymph node in that area is starting to get swollen. Then by Wed 3/21 I noticed I getting a rash on my left thigh. Go to doc-in-a-box again. I've got Shingles. (Yeah me!). So now I get to take an Anti-Viral Herpes medicine for a week. It itches like hell, hurts. Basically its chicken pox part 2. I was planning to try to run again on Sun 3/24, but thats out the window. BP was also high (162/84 and 140/90), so I decide to make an appointment with my original family doctor for Thu 3/22. (He is impossible to get an appointment with).

So go original doc. BP high again (140/84). I have shingles (still). He doesn't think anything is seriously wrong with me (i.e. the C-word). Wants to monitor my BP and call if over 130 (its been both above and below since then).

So here I sit on Wed 3/28, four days from my 35th birthday. A shell of the person I was three months ago. I feel absolutely no confidence in my body or my health. I have this feeling that something else is wrong with me. Maybe I have been fighting off the shingles for a while. Maybe I just stressed my body to the max overtraining with a cold that week in January. (I sure do hope and pray that is the case). But I just don't feel confident that is the case.

What I want right now is to be able to go out and do a 3 mile run at a reasonable pace (10:00/mpm 145 HR) and not feel fatigued after I do it. That's all I want... It's amazing that pre-running I'd feel OK, but post-running I know that I'm not 100% since I can't do what I used to do.

Thursday, March 1, 2007

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DateMilesAvg. PaceAvg. HRBeg/End TtempBeg/End Humid.WeightNotes
4/15rest
4/16rest
4/17rest
4/18rest
4/19rest
4/203.0811:41.614333.6F/34.0F88%/90%174.6First Run
4/21rest
Week Total3.08Avg Pace11:41.6
4/223.0811:39.514245.4F/61.2F63%/38%173.6
4/23rest
4/243.0810:51.614153.3F/54.4FNA173.8
4/25rest
4/263.0810:18.714137.2F/38.9FNA175.2
4/27rest
4/283.0810:12.914153.2F/53.6FNA176.0
Week Total12.32Avg Pace10:45.7
4/293.089:48.614053.2F/54.2FNA175.0First 2 in A Row
4/30rest
5/13.9810:17.114242.8F/43.3NA175.81st 4 Miler
5/2rest
5/33.9810:26.314336.9F/48.2FNA174.6
5/4rest
5/53.0810:58.014347.9F/58.7FNA173.4Bleech
Week Total14.12Avg Pace10:22.4
5/63.9810:18.514246.8F/47.4FNA173.8
5/7rest
5/83.9810:27.214334.9F/41.6FNA175.01st 4 Miler
5/9rest
5/105.0310:51.814358.3F/57.6FNA174.61st 5 Miler
5/11rest
5/125.0310:06.614258.9F/61.3FNA177.2
Week Total18.02Avg Pace10:26.4
5/135.039:26.314151.1F/54.1FNA174.8
5/14rest
5/155.039:33.814255.7F/56.9FNA178.2
5/16rest
5/176.14410:17.414353.5F/56.1FNA175.21st 6 Miler
5/18rest
5/196.14410:04.514247.9F/50.5FNA178.0
Week Total22.35Avg Pace9:52.5
5/206.1449:30.414253.7F/57.4FNA176.6Knee Bump/Calf Pain
5/21rest
5/226.14410:40.014369.6F/67.5FNA175.2Mid-day Run
5/23rest
5/247.01410:12.214256.7F/58.3F75%/63%175.81st 7 Miler
5/25rest
5/267.0149:53.014263.1F/70.8F75%/63%175.2
Week Total26.32Avg Pace10:03.7
5/278.0189:14.914261.0F/66.0F84%/64%175.2
5/283.089:21.913972.2F/73.2F74%/74%174.01st 3 in a Row
5/29rest
5/302.219:35.013748.3F/48.3F92%/92%177.4Injured Right Plantaris
5/31rest
6/1rest
6/2rest
Week Total13.31Avg Pace9:19.6
6/31.189:39.013468.2F/68.9F85%/84%176.0Calf still hurts, cut short
6/4rest
6/53.559:26.014162.6F/62.6F96%/96%175.0Calf a little better
6/6rest
6/76.1449:36.914245.9F/54.6F94%/79%176.6
6/83.989:06.814056.6F/56.9F94%/94%174.8Fast!!
6/96.1449:14.214262.0F/62.4F96%/96%175.0
Week Total21.00Avg Pace9:23.2
6/1010.049:11.014257.5F/64.4F93%/74%176.21st 4 in a row, 1st 10 miler
6/115.0012:00.613776.3F/72.7F61%/71%173.85 mile race Jones Beach. Ran with Kristin. Also sick/cold. 1st 5 in a row
6/12rest
6/13rest
6/143.089:16.013554.3F/54.6F83%/83%175.0Feeling better.
6/156.1449:19.414154.8F/55.0F83%/83%173.6
6/166.14410:01.014353.2F/60.7F95%/90%172.4
Week Total30.41Avg Pace9:51.2
6/177.01410:01.114366.8F/74.3F92%/71%171.4Warm
6/181.518:39.1---76.8F/76.3F54%/54%174.2Warmup
6/186.2147:59.9---71.6F/69.6F64%/68%Sunken Meadow 10k, Polar Measured 6.33
6/19rest
6/205.039:59.614068.0F/68.5F99%/100%175.0
6/217.0149:27.514153.4F/59.2F92%/87%174.0Footpod battery died
6/22rest
6/236.1449:24.714155.9F/60.6F79%/67%175.0
Week Total32.93Avg Pace9:20.2
6/2411.009:11.814258.6F/71.4F75%/46%173.0
6/251.368:46.014373.5F/71.5F73%/74%172.2Warm Up
6/253.107 (5k)7:10.417572.3F/71.0F76%/78%172.2Bethpage 5k (22:17) 194/1882 OA, 22/114 35-39
6/26rest
6/27rest
6/287.0149:16.814169.5F/70.0F95%/96%176.6
6/297.0149:04.213965.6F/64.7F94%/93%175.0Fasted Run Pace Wise @ MAF
6/307.0149:17.414163.5F/70.8F92%/64%173.4
Week Total36.51Avg Pace9:01.1
7/112.549:16.814259.2F/67.1F82%/61%173.8
7/2rest
7/37.0149:10.814158.2F/67.6F91%/67%174.6
7/46.1449:08.014169.7F/72.4F79%/72%170.4
7/56.1448:59.514068.4F/71.9F95%/88%171.61st Sub 9mpm Run
7/63.988:55.413967.2F/67.7F96%/96%174.4MAF PR Pace
7/76.1449:02.014157.4F/62.2F95%/96%172.6
Week Total41.97Avg Pace9:07.7
7/812.549:07.414267.3F/79.9F88%/65%173.6
7/91.408:35.014783.7F/83.6F57%/58%173.8Warm-up
7/92.485 (4k)6:46.617783.0F/82.5F60%/61%Hempstead 4k(16:50) OA 108/1324, M35-39 10/66
7/10rest
7/116.1448:52.514071.8F/72.2F96%/96%174.2MAF Pace PR
7/12rest
7/138.029:00.114162.4F/66.7F95%/94%174.6
7/146.159:06.214162.7F/70.1F95%/83%172.8
Week Total36.75Avg Pace8:52.2
7/158.139:19.414272.6F/76.1F89%/81%172.0
7/161.818:34.014677.6F/77.2F53%/53%172.8Warmup
7/163.11 (5k)6:45.917676.6F/76.1F53%/55%Belmont 5k(21:02) OA 125/1721, M35-39 12/95
7/163.048:27.014876.1F/75.4F55%/62Cooldown
7/17rest
7/186.159:02.714070.1F/71.0F94%/93%174.6
7/19rest172.6
7/207.029:20.114271.5F/72.0F96%/96%173.4
7/217.028:51.314160.5F/66.6F91%/76%173.4MAF PR
Week Total36.28Avg Pace8:51.9
7/2212.548:52.714266.6F/71.7F71%/63%172.6
7/231.618:35.013969.7F/69.0F96%/96%171.0Warm-Up
7/233.11 (5k)6:36.217667.2F/67.1F98%/98%Robert Moses 5k (20:32) OA 47/612, M35-39 4/31
7/24rest171.8
7/256.158:43.813959.6F/61.3F94%/95%173.0MAF PR
7/26rest173.2
7/277.028:53.014169.6F/72.5F95%/95%173.8
7/286.159:00.314173.1F/74,5F94%/89%171.8
Week Total36.58Avg Pace8:40.2
7/298.029:06.214174.2F/78.0F95%/81%172.2
7/302.258:58.313779.5F/78.7F69%/70%170.8Warm-Up
7/303.11 (5k)6:47.317478.2F/77.8F71%/72%Caumsett 5k (21:06.6) OA 97/1414, M35-39 9/77
7/31rest172.2
8/13.988:52.413963.4F/64.1F94%/95%172.4
8/23.988:56.014070.1F/72.4F95%/96%172.2
8/3rest
8/42.0210:27.614276.2F/78.3F87%/82%168.8Worst Run in A Long Time/Sick
Week TotalAvg Pace
8/513.117:20.2---72.9F/72.1F58%/55%NYC Half Marathon (1:36:10.4) OA(810/9920) M18-39 (668/2060)
8/6rest168.0
8/7rest172.0
8/86.159:16.213976.1F/76.0F95%/95%171.6
8/96.158:52.113968.2F/68.4F92%/93%170.8
8/106.158:49.714066.9F/66.7F87%/87%171.2
8/116.158:56.514158.6F/63.2F96%/85%
Week TotalAvg Pace
8/1212.549:01.514259.7F/75.1F95%/75%/td>
8/13rest
8/147.028:48.414061.5F/69.9F97%/79%
8/153.988:36.613773.8F/75.8F80%/73%MAF Pace PR
8/167.028:58.814170.0F/74.3F95%/86%
8/17rest
8/187.028:41.414060.9F/63.2F76%/71%
Week TotalAvg Pace
8/1914.908:54.314056.0F/59.8F94%/92%172.2
8/20rest170.8
8/216.158:53.013956.4F/56.9F95%/95%171.2
8/226.159:01.514056.9F/58.3F94%/95%170.4Extreme Neck/L Shoulder Pain
8/236.159:02.514161.6F/62.6F95%/95%170.0
8/246.159:09.014166.7F/67.3F97%/97%171.8
8/25
Week TotalAvg Pace
8/26
8/27
8/28
8/29
8/30
8/31
9/1
Week TotalAvg Pace