gallery February Training, Setbacks and a Little Anxiety!

My first run of the month was good in general – minus the racing heart rate.  My thyroid is all messed up again and I can feel it.  Heart racing, hot flashes, no sleep – ugh.  Therefore I decided to give my body a break and walk for my first “run” of the month.  What’s crazy is how high my heart rate was walking.  Definitely going to share this with my endocrinologist.

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Prior to run two – Enter Ethan’s killer virus.  First he has a reaction to an antibiotic – which was obviously systemic given the head to toe rash – but then because it basically destroyed his immune system he got a wicked virus.  Of course with that kind of plague in the house – and my lovely reduced immune system I got it too.  I took so many precautions to try and not get it – I was not happy when it finally hit.  It started with a fever of 101.5, major chills, chattering, muscle and joint pain and fatigue and then went into my lungs.  When someone with lupus gets a respiratory infection it can easily become pleurisy, or the muscles and joints around my ribs become inflamed (washboard like because of the swelling) making breathing a real painful process and very difficult.  I got the latter having a real issue breathing, dealing with pain and soreness and serious difficulty resting making it harder to overcome.  I missed 7 runs due to this illness and my next 3 were not great.  Armed with my inhaler, and a lot of tissues I kept a slow pace to get in my miles and to start moving again.  It was like starting all over.  Ethan thankfully recovered much faster than I did but he lost some weight and was impacted by the whole ordeal.  – Used lots of lysol in the house during February.

My first run back was during beautiful weather.  I just felt good to be outside I think.  I had to walk a lot but it was great moving again!  I was able to stay in zone 2 for 58% of my run but my hr was still pretty elevated from being sick and I think from my thyroid.  Later that day I was wiped.  Had to take a nap before dinner.2-18-17.JPG

My next run my HR was almost in zone 2 before I even started running.  I had to walk a lot and didn’t even get to 50% in zone 2.  I was really starting to question this hr training. I went back and looked at the Be Iron Fit book again and their program goes on in zone 2 for at least the first 10 weeks.  I hadn’t come close to that yet and I decided that hopefully as I recover more from this illness, and my thyroid readjusts – hopefully I’ll be good to go.

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On Thursday the 23rd I took the dogs for a good 30 min walk, make sure I had a good lunch and was hydrated and went out for a short run.  I felt like maybe I was starting to turn a corner here.  58% in zone 2, 36% in zone 3.2-23-17.JPG

Fast forward to the last day in February, its a beautiful 70 degrees I feel pretty good and decide to finally get a long run – my only one of the whole month.  Taylor was home and just had gotten his Garmin 920xt and Hokas and wanted to give them a good workout so he came along with me.  While I was super slow – trying to stay in my hr zone (2) he would run ahead and walk back to me.  I was able to get in 6.2 miles (compared to his over 7 miles) but I finally felt like maybe I was back on track.  65% in zone 2!2-28-17.JPG

During the month I also found out my thyroid levels were way off again.  I knew this was true because my heart had been racing for weeks, sleep was gone and I was moody and teary all the time.  My Endo switched my dosage up mid month – hoping it levels out sometime in March.

February while tough wasn’t a total loss, we registered for Dopey and got 5 runs in totaling 14.5 miles.  Hoping spring allergies don’t deter me in March!

March goal – get more stars in my bullet journal!

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Happy running!

stasia

 

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