Archive for December, 2007

On the Mend

  I had a comment recently that I hadn’t posted since my Sick post.  I guess a few people were concerned that my illness was significant.  Well, it was but it wasn’t.  I was pretty sick, and am still a little horse, but I didn’t need any antibiotics, no admits to the hospital, etc.  Honestly, I’ve just been really busy with my sons room, and by the time I have time to post, I’m just done.

  I have only run once in the last month, and I’m afraid that my base has been wasted.  I hope to run an easy 5 miles on Sunday, and start building from there.  We get to start training for the marathon next weekend.  I’m really excited about that, and am looking forward to it.

   So, the reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated.  I’m still alive and kicking.


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  Well, it was only a matter of time before I got sick.  My son and daughter have both had a nasty virus over the past two weeks or so.  Now I have it too.  My head hurts, I’m stuffy, and I have a bad painful cough that hurts my throat and right behind my sternum.  I didn’t go to work today, and tomorrow is questionable. 

  I obviously didn’t run today either.  It’s been a tough month for running, between the rain and the addition on the house.  But, I’m off work next week, so hopefully I can get back into a rhythm and get back to 30 miles or so before we start training for the pig. 

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Busy Busy Busy

I’ve been having a few issues getting out to run.  We are putting a small addition on the house for a bedroom for my son.  I’ve been doing some of the work, so I haven’t had too much time.  Also, both of the kids have been sick, the weather has been rain and more rain, and it’s been cold.  Oh, and it’s almost Christmas.  So, I guess this will just be a little calm before the storm.  I intend to get back out tomorrow morning, I’ll run either 4 or 5 depending on time. 

  Marathon training officially starts on January 5th.  That’s just two weeks from Saturday.  I can’t wait.  I’m really excited to get started and see all my friends again.  I’m going to run a 5 mile race in my town on January 1st.  That will help bring out some of my speed so I can run at a 5 MPH training pace while staying within heart rate. 

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  I went to the cardiologist today.  At this point, he has cleared me to run the full marathon.  He basically said that the right ventricular hypertrophy is not an issue at all.  If it were left side, that would be a different story.  We are still going to perform an exercise tolerance test, just to make sure, but it shouldn’t be an issue.  The cool part about that is that I’ll get to see all my VO2Max information, Respiratory Quotient, etc.  That will be good for the Heart Rate Training.  I’ll write more when I have more time.

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  Well, after two weeks of almost constant pain, I’m finally free of the effects of the Boniva.  The last issue to be resolved was the almost permanent inflammation of my Morton’s Neuroma.  I finally went to my podiatrist yesterday to have him look at it.  He ended up giving me a steriod shot to calm it down.  In fact, he did it via ultrasound guidance, which was kinda neat.  The neuroma was 1.85 mm in size, and I actually got to see it.  It’s kinda neat. 

  I ran four miles this morning, and I was only about 15 seconds slower than my MAF pace before I took the time off.  I’m happy with that.  It was really nice to get out and run.  It felt good.  It was about 40 degrees and foggy this morning.  Sorta fun to run in.  I hope to run tomorrow morning also, if the weather holds up.  It’s supposed to rain each day the rest of the week.  Maybe snow on Saturday.  If things go as planned, I’m scheduled to run 10 miles on Sunday.  If I do, I’ll probably end up doing it alone.  Victoria is in Chicago this weekend.

  Marathon training officially starts on January 5th.  I’ll probably end up using the Hal Higdon Intermediate II plan.  I will, however, probably skip most of the speed work since I’m doing MAF training.  I went out yesterday and got a new pair of Nimbus 9’s.  I’ll do my first run in them tomorrow.  I’m really ready to get started with the training. 

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  It takes a lot to get me angry.  But, now, one of my docs has finally done it.  I’m sickof these meds for my osteopenia.  I’ve now tried a third one, Boniva, with the same results as Fosamax and Actonel.  They all cause me significant bone pain.  And, my doc just throws them around like they don’t cause any issue at all.  In fact, his nurse practitioner told me that this wouldn’t happen with Boniva, and was fairly snippy about it.  I’m officially angry.

  I really think at this point the cure is worse than the disease with osteopenia.  These meds end up knocking me out of running for a week or so.  They end up making me take steroids to battle the inflammation, but those cause me to not sleep (like now).  I’ve just taken a sleeping pill, but I’m not sure that will actually work.  I have significant hot flashes with the steroids, and I’m just mad.  I’m basically going to tell my doc tomorrow that I’m not taking anything else.  At least until he can come up with a plan to manage the pain and allow me to run. 

  I try to be compliant, but some of these docs don’t care that it’s painful.  They just write the script and tell you to take the med.  He knew this was going to happen, just like all the others.  But, he and his nursing staff didn’t even call me back for 3 days.  I had to chase them down. 

  So, if you are a CF Patient, and the docs want you to take Fosamax, Actonel, or Boniva be fore warned.  The side effects are horrible.  Don’t say I didn’t tell you.

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