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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Running Over Bumps in the Road

I know it's not Friday, but I'm going to write about running anyway. It's only Tuesday and I'm already bummed about what this week is going to look like for my half training. Between the weather outside, whatever I did to my ankle, and now a referral to the cardiologist, running is just not going to happen this week.

So, my ankle. What I thought was a bruise on my inner leg, just above my ankle, was actually a tendon getting angrier and angrier. After my 10 mile run last Friday night, it was NOT happy at all and the pain began to radiate down around my ankle to under my foot. Only then did I realize that it wasn't a bruise - it was my posterior tibialis tendon.

And now we're here. Using frozen veggies as an ice pack because ours have mysteriously gone missing. I know it's just a bit of tendonitis, but it still sucks. I can run, but need to be careful. In the meantime, it's a great time to try out some KT tape while rotating Tylenol and ice packs....errr, veggie packs.

Onto the heart. Now, understand this - up until a few months ago, the most exercise I got was straightening up the house after the kids went to bed. I was not in great shape at all. Now that I'm working out and running, I'm in much better shape. So someone explain to me why it's now that I start having weird heart issues?

I followed up with the doctor today about the 24 hour Holter monitoring last week and while my blood work was fine, apparently the lower chambers of my heart are beating faster than the upper half making for the fluttering flip flop feeling I've been getting. Onto a specialist for a stress test and possibly an echocardiogram.

Alright....cardiologist referral 11 days before my first half marathon. Yeah, I'm freaking out a little. This is the first thing in a very long time that I've really worked on and done for myself and I'm going to be disappointed (and pissed) if I'm benched while this all gets figured out. Realistically, all I can do is exercise within my limits and stick with it until I'm told otherwise. Here's to a quick cardio appointment with an easy fix for these flutters!

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