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Support Crew, Pleurisy and Training

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

This past weekend I had the privilege of playing support crew for my husband as he ran a half marathon. Friends of ours (HOTLIKEHUBBY) were also running.

I opted not to run this race for a couple reasons.

I was very tempted in the weeks proceeding the race to run with them.

The registration cost was low ($15), it was local (15 minutes away from our house), and my hubby and friends would be there to cheer me on!

However,

I have trained really hard for the half marathon I will run on May 8th.

I have focused on that day and everything I need to do to be my best on that day.

I was afraid I would not have time to recover and get some key training done in time to then start my taper and feel confident on MY race day.

My race is coming. I will be ready for MY race!

I am so glad that I had that question of weather or not I was running already figured out in my own mind. On Friday night, my husband and I went out to drive the race course and rehearse where I would be and what he might need from me in each spot. We decided I would be in the third mile, in the seventh mile and at the finish. There was no good place for me to be in the 10 - 11 mile and the finish was the best place for me to be able to see James, Carie and Dan as they crossed the line.

After we drove the course, we went to IHOP for my hubby to get his pancake dinner in! He loves pancakes before a long run. While we were at dinner, we looked at the race map and figured out what time I should expect to see him at each point. It felt good to be talking about something we both feel passionate about.

As I turned to get my purse on the way out of the booth, I felt a twinge in the back of my right lung. I knew. Darn. I have pleurisy again.

Well, maybe not. It didn't hurt when I inhaled deeply. Maybe it was just a muscle spasm. Then, ooo, yea, there it is again. I didn't want to worry James, so I hid it from him. I didn't want him to focus on anything other than his rest and preparation for his race. This is his time.

On Saturday morning we get up early to get packed up and out the door. It is cold. I am feeling weaker and more sore and the cold is just cutting through me. When we get to the packet pick up and meet up with our friends, Carie can tell in my face that something is wrong. I tell her how much pain I am in and that I don't want James to know until after the race. After the race, I will go to the ER and get on some meds.

I'm glad I'm not running. It is so cold. I am so weak and my right lung is killing me. I am so glad to be in the warm car driving from check point to check point to meet up with James, Carie and Dan to cheer them on and take some pics. Everyone looked great in the 3 mile. In the 7th, as planned, as soon as I see James coming I jump out of the car with some GU Chomps and some water. I run along side him so he doesn't have to stop to fuel and he can give the water bottle back to me. He is running and chatting, running and chatting. I'm thinking chew, swallow and give me the water bottle so I can run back to the car. I don't want him to see me wincing with each stride.

I feel horrible by the time James passes across the finish line. His time is awesome! I am so proud of him! He finished in 2:02:13. I really want to celebrate his moment. I am sooo cold. I am soooo tired. I had a hard time getting warm. At home I finally got warm and got some rest. Once I got warm and rested, I decided that I would stick it out until I could see my doctor on Monday, as long as my pain did not get much worse.

When I finally saw the doc on Monday, I was diagnosed with pleurisy and bronchitis in my right lung. Doc put me on a Z Pack and told me to get some rest and to take anti inflammatory. I asked her if I could still run and workout. She said yes, but I would need to cut back my work load to half I what I usually do . . . then she said, what, you work out hard, so you should cut back to a quarter of what you usually do.

So, yes, I'm running. I cut a speed work run from 6 intervals to 4 intervals so I could end feeling strong. I worked out with my trainer, but cut the intensity down and didn't do any twisting type movement. I get tired quicker and require more rest. But, overall I am doing well and will be ready for my race.

Here are some pic from this past weekend:

Carie and I before the race!!! Aren't we cute? We look like the double mint racing team! Totally unplanned, but so adorable!


James (my hubby), Dan and Carie (HOTLIKEHUBBY) before the race.

That is all the pics of the race right now. The others are on my phone and I don't know how to upload them yet.

I leave you with a picture of me ready for an 8 mile training run!



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  • YOGAKARMAGRACE
    I get those sharp pains periodically too, didn't know that is what it was called and sometimes it's hard to breathe in...eeek! I'm glad you are better and you are going to rock at YOUR race! I can't wait to hear the results!
    3805 days ago
  • BERKLEYGIRL
    Hope you are feeling better, I so identify with the trauma of injuries while training for a big event. Chronic shin splints kept me from completing my first marathon and breast cancer the second. A year after finishing my treatment for cancer I had a collapsed lung in my spinning class (secondary to the radiation I received during treatment). It is so frustrating to suffer those set backs. Remember to take care of yourself every step of the way - our health allows us to pursue our dreams so protect it at all costs!

    You go girl!
    3806 days ago
  • NANNER2121
    Honey, honey, honey. Listen to the body, OK?
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    3812 days ago
  • KDONOVAN70
    Hope you feel better real soon. I m sure you will do great at your 1/2 marathon.
    3812 days ago
  • ROSIE777
    I sure hope you are feeling better. Here is wishing you the best on May 8th. I am so proud of you dear friend. you are emoticon
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    3812 days ago
  • USARUNNERGIRL
    I sure hope you kick your pleurisy to the curb. That sucks. I haven't had that particularly, but something similar called pericarditis (viral infection in the lining in the heart). I have heard that pleurisy is just as painful. You have such strength to be so strong to be able to do what you did for your husband. How great! I hope he knows how lucky he is to have you for his cheerleader!

    You are looking fit and fabulous. Loving your running attire. I am going to get a new outfit before OUR race on 5/08. It is about here. W should make a plan to meet up. Are you guys coming up on Thursday or Friday to get your race packet? Maybe we could meet up for a prerace dinner or something?
    3812 days ago
  • DSTDIVA9
    I hope you feel better. I am so proud of you and your accomplishments. You are much a huge motivator! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3812 days ago
  • TEENY_BIKINI
    You are gonna rock May 8th!! Woot!!

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  • MSPLACEDAGAIN
    Hang in there! And you should be proud of yourself for listening to your body! I am certain that you did yourself such a favor by taking it easy and going to the doctor. Now you have to continue to follow the doctor's directions!

    You will be better than ever soon!

    Eden
    3812 days ago
  • DOPKIGIRL
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    Wishing you a speedy recovery!!!
    3812 days ago
  • TURBOAMIE
    Sorry about the illness but you look phenomenal in your running gear! I'm so excited for you!
    3812 days ago
  • TIME4ME2010
    I'm glad you got to the doctor and got some meds and the ok to keep working out. Take it easy and you will do awesome when your day arrives!!
    3812 days ago
  • LAVENDERPURPLE
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    3812 days ago
  • HNLEVITT
    Feel better lady and take care.
    3812 days ago
  • COWBOYMAMA
    I hope you feel better soon so you can rock your half marathon in a few weeks. Take care of yourself and congrats to your hubby and spark friends!
    3812 days ago
  • EYEONGOAL
    Take care of yourself. We want to be here cheering you on when your race comes. emoticon
    3813 days ago
  • LALAFLOWERS
    take care, so you can be 100% for your own race day. I'm glad you were able to be there for your hubby. It's fun when you have someone there for races... and you'll have your crew out for you on your day.
    3813 days ago
  • CRISPINI
    Dang! Get well soon and feel better! emoticon Great race report, loved reading it!
    3813 days ago
  • LINIS_THIN
    Lovely!! I pray that all will heal in time for your race!! It is good that you are in different races so you can focus on each other!!!

    I LOVE racing blogs! I was just telling my hubby about you and running for 2 hrs. He immediately tried to discourage me then apologised.

    I love reading about running... I wanna run too!
    3813 days ago
  • DANCINGPENGUIN
    Don't overdo it. Take care of your lungs!
    3813 days ago
  • HEALTHYARTIST1
    Whoa! You really gave your all for your hubby! Now, take care of yourself and be well. emoticon
    3813 days ago
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