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Monday, November 19, 2012


Hi everyone,
I know I promised a post about celiac and my gluten free life as I’ve learned more these past 3 weeks, but today I wanted to touch on something much more personal and dear to my heart.

I had a lot of friends over the weekend run the Philly marathon, or half marathon. I read their facebook updates, or blog posts for months in anticipation of Sunday when they would run their hearts out and see what they were made of. I spent all morning yesterday tracking my friends running the marathon and waiting for facebook updates. I was completely absorbed in their races, and they experiences. 

Later in the day I headed out for a run. I was (and still am) sick with a cold but I knew I needed to get out and run, especially after taking Saturday off. While running my legs felt great and my breathing was easy. I finished up 6 miles in 51 minutes and felt amazing. 

During my run I just kept thinking of all of the runners I knew and the races I have done. I thought about the highs from getting a PR, especially in my case, a PR that came from nowhere, to the lows when your race is just plain hard. I thought about the mental aspect of running, and then how running really does open up doors to new friendships and experiences.

I am thankful to be a runner. I am thankful I can run, and most days I can do so easily. I know that not everyone has this opportunity, and not everyone wants to be a runner. But through running I have learned so much about myself. I am stronger than I ever imagined, and I have created long lasting friendships and relationships with people who I am proud to call running friends.

I am so proud of all of my friends who have recently ran races, or who are planning to run one in the future. No matter how the race or run goes, getting out there is something to be immensely proud of.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

A little rest, and some exciting news

Hey everyone,

I believe I left off on Tuesday trying to make you all believe that I was going to go for some glorious long run Wed morning in the early hours of the am.

Well, I woke up, I got ready, I headed out the door, and I ran aprox .3 miles around our block before I came home and called it a day. I am currently battling a cold, and Wednesday morning my body was not in the least bit interested in cooperating with my desire to run. My nose was running and my eyes were watering and I figured it wasn't going to be an enjoyable run so I might as well call it a rest day. Love my logic on this one, cause ya know...all runs are amazing ( not)

Instead I walked the 3 miles to a training I had to attend for work. That was plenty of fresh air and exercise for me for the day.

Greg and I made an awesome GLUTEN FREE dinner Wednesday night!! We made a big fratata with broccoli raube and a salad. It was delicious!! I will post the recipe soon! It was so simple and filling. No butter, or eggs added and it didn't need them!!

- My next post will include my adventures so far with Celiacs Disease and going Gluten Free.

Thursday I taught spin and sucked it up ( stupid cold)  enough to do some speed intervals on the treadmill after. I always do my speed work on Tue and Thurs after I teach spin. I know that realistically its not smart to work on speed after teaching spin for 45 min, but its so easy to do since I can just hop on the treadmill and bust it out without having to make an extra trip to the gym later in the week.

Yesterday I didn't have to work, so i ran a bunch of errands and busted out a long run including 4 miles with Stacy during her lunch. I'm still fighting a cold, but I'm drinking lots of tea and eating Clementine's like they are going out of style so I hope it helps soon!

The exciting news is that a bunch of my friends and I have come together and entered the lottery for the NWM half marathon in D.C My sister entered too!!!!! This will be her first half marathon and I so hope we get in!! There are some amazing women and great friends who have all joined to enter this race as a big group. It will be so much fun if we get in! Cross your fingers for us!!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

8pm Bedtime

Happy Tuesday everyone!! It was a busy one around here, I taught spin this am at 6:30 ( class was awesome) and then worked 8:30-6:30. ugh.  Thank goodness I don't ave to do these long days very often.

I am currently planning out my winter/spring running schedule and I must say its looking pretty fun!! My running friend Stacy and I are thinking about doing the Disney Princess half marathon, and I am also looking at doing a race somewhere in Feb and Jan. As for Dec, I just have a few 5ks lined up, but that doesn't mean I'm not interested in other longer options! Anyone have some suggestions?

This 8pm bedtime is (surprisingly) not mine... its Gregs. He conked out about 45 min ago, and I don't see him rallying anytime soon. I'm exhausted, but more physically and mentally than really tired and ready for bed. I'm going to try to head to bed soon though, my goal is to get up early tomorrow am for a longer run before work at 8:30. The reality of this will be determined tomorrow am when its cold and dark when I wake up.

How was your Tuesday? Any fun runs planned??

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Beautiful November weekend

Hey everyone,

This weekend was a blast. Friday I headed down to see my amazing sister and her boyfriend in CT. We had very little planned, and just spent the day and night talking, making dinner, and relaxing. My sister just moved into a beautiful new apartment. Its huge compared to their last place, and I fell in love with it instantly!!

After I got home yesterday afternoon, I ran a few errands, and ended up back on our couch completely wiped out by 6:30pm. I learned it tough when you have new diet restrictions, and no food in the house. Greg had eaten a huge lunch while I was driving back from CT so he wasn't hungry when dinner time rolled around. He came up with a bunch of suggestions and offered to go out to dinner knowing that I had to find gluten-free options. Any reasonable girl would have loved that her boyfriend was going to all of this effort to feed her, I was not that reasonable girl. I was hungry, I was tired, and I was annoyed that I had to pay attention to a menu for more than 5 seconds to find something to eat. I chose to make a grilled cheese on Udis bread ( awesome for all of you gluten-free lovers out there)  and a banana cut up with peanut butter. It wasn't fancy, but it did make me feel better.

We watched Clue the movie before I headed to bed early.

This morning I woke up and embraced the warmer weather ( 49 when I left the house) and headed out on a long run with Stacy. 8 miles later I made it home. Our run felt great, and we explored a part of the bike path in Arlington I had never been on.

After our run, I got ready and headed out to brunch with Greg, Matt and some friends. I knew I couldn't have the potatoes or the bread that came with my omelet so I ordered greek yogurt with granola to go with it. Unfortunately for me, I forgot that granola is not gluten-free. Darn. I remembered about half way though and decided to call it a wash and finish it. Baby steps....baby steps.

Now we are relaxing before heading out to see Skyfall. Has anyone else seen it? Loved it? Liked it?

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Lets get caught up

Hi everyone,

I know its been a few months since I blogged. I took some time to get my running back in order, and to get my health back in order as well. I'm sure not all of you wanted to read about my Doctor appointments and blood draws and my minimal running here and there, so I took some time away.

Lets get caught up shall we?

I am back to running and enjoying every step. I've ran a few races in the past few months including a couple 5ks and a half marathon last month. The half was nothing spectacular, I hadn't really trained, and busted through 13.1 miles in Swanzy NH with my great running friend Stacy.

I have finally solved ( i think/hope) all of my anemia issues. It turns out I have Celiacs Disease. This was a surprise but it makes sense with my unexplained anemia. Going gluten free has been tough. I would be lieing if I said I have embraced the concept with open arms. I have had my fair share of tears, and tantrums as I have tried to figure out what has gluten in it and what things I can substitute my previous carb heavy diet for. I will be sure to get more in depth with this soon, but for now, I would welcome any and ALL helpful suggestions or recipes!!

On a side note, I just signed up for this awesome cause - Huricane Sandy Recovery Its a virtual race for a 10 dollar donation. I can't wait to get out there and race this month! I just also signed up for Wolf Hollow Half Marathon . It should be chilly, but a ton of fun!!

Happy running!

Monday, July 23, 2012

So Excited

These last few weeks have been busy and tiring, but also extremely fun.

I celebrated a birthday! Hellooooo 25! It was a great day followed by a wonderful dinner celebration in NYC. Justines boyfriend planned a surprise dinner for us with about 20 close friends and family there to celebrate and eat delicious food. It was a great treat!

The following weekend I went home to Boston where I celebrated my birthday with Greg. We went to Gloucester where I went on my first ever “long” bike ride. It was only 8 miles, but it was the longest run I’ve ever taken on my road bike. I loved it. I want to bike more ASAP!

Greg is really into road biking, and although I have ZERO desire to ever do anything close to a century ride, I would like to get into longer bikes rides with him. Maybe I’ll cap my rides at 20-25 miles. That seems reasonable to me.

This past weekend I was home in Boston and Greg and I visited with his family who was also in Boston for the weekend. It was fun and we had great weather the entire weekend.

I managed to get a 4 mile run inw hile I was home, but didn’t have time for much more. This week I am going to be increasing my weekday runs. The furthest weekday run Ive done since being in CT for the summer has been 5.5 miles. This week my goal is 7 miles.  I’m slowly but surely getting my milage back up, its just difficult when we have to be at work by 8:30am and we live 45 min away from where we work. ( remember I am working at the private school my sister works at for the summer).

I’m off to go grocery shopping - I know, I know, what a wild Monday night huh? I also have some fun race events/news coming up! Cant wait ti write a post all about it tomorrow!

Monday, July 9, 2012

A Wonderful Weekend

This weekend was fantastic!

Justine, her boyfriend Greg ( yes, we are both dating guys named Greg) headed to VT around 4pm on Friday.

 We arrived at home around 7 after we made a quick stop at Target to get a few essentials for the weekend. We picked up corn hole and a slip -n- slide. Yes, we are classy!

Saturday we hung around the house and did some errands. We went over to Manchester Vt to do some outlet shopping and then headed home to a delicious pulled pork dinner. It was fantastic! We usually make pulled pork in the crock pot, but this time my mom slow roasted it. It was so so good, it will be hard to eat crock pot pulled prok again.

Sunday was the fun day! We had friends from Rutland over, Gregs parents, Gregs sister and her boyfriend, and Justine and her boyfriend as well as my parents and brother. It was a blast. We played corn hole, slip-n-slide, badmitten, and other fun games. We ate tons and tons of great food. My dad roasd a turkey on his new charcoal grill ( a gift from my sister an I for Fathers Day). Everyone had fun, and laughed and ate unil our bellys hurt.

Why the big party you ask? Well, tomorrow is my 25th birthday! The fun of being a twin, its also Justines 25th birthday! Her boyfriend has planned something fun ( dinner I think?...) so I will be sure to fill you in tomorrow! Greg - my boyfriend, is planning on a fun weekend in Gloucester for this coming weekend!

Since I stunk at taking pictures this weekend, I will leave you with some pictures from the 4th of July!

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Let's do this

Hey everyone. I took a little time away to rest, relax, and do what I needed to get healthy and full of iron. I am proud to say I am back stronger and happier than I was even a month ago! I have spent the last month going to doc apts and trying to figure out the source of my anemia. So far, there is no one reason for it but I am doing my best to take care of my body and give it al of the iron I can. I'm living down in ct for the summer working until aug 11th. I go home to Boston most weekends and so far have had a wonderful time, I am living with my sister and her boyfriend which is really fun. The big news is that I ran my first race since march yesterday. It was called four on the forth in new Canaan ct. I didn't go into the race with much in the way of expectations. I have definetly been running faster since I have iron in my system now. I am happily running in the 8:40 range so I figured a time goal of 35-36 min would be manageable. It was a smal race so there was no start line of finishers shoot, there were no timing strips on my race bib, or thing to attach to my shoe. I waiting in the road with the other 200-300 people running the race and when the horn blared we were off! There were no mile markers and it was an out and back course. I made the decision not to look at my watch and try to run by feel. It was a nice course, but rolling hills. I actually like rolling hills. I feel I do best on courses that have some hills. I ran by feel and really felt good. I knew I was pushing my pace, but I also had no concept of how far I had gone until I hit the turn around point at 2 miles. I was pushing it and holding my pace until 3.4 miles. At 3.4 miles something happened that I have never had happen before. I threw up. It was quick and pretty painless and I knew it was coming. I threw up on the side of the road and continued on my way. Sorry if this is an over share, but it was such a crazy thing to have happen I thought I would share. I don't think I threw up due to exeersion, I think it was due to my pre-race fuel of a cut up banana mixed with peanut butter. Not my normal pre-race meal, and I don't think it ever will be. The great news is, that even though the race started at 9am, and it was already 73 degrees out, and I threw up, I got a pr! I ran my 4 miles in 31:48. I was thrilled! I am back and feeling great! I can't wait to see what else I can do! I'm headed to vt tomorrow after work, so I'll be back to blogging this weekend. Happy 5th of July everyone. I love the month of July!

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Lessons of not running

What I learned about running from NOT running.

You might wonder how I could learn about running while not actually doing any running, but I learned more than I could have ever expected.

*I learned I don’t NEED to run to be happy. 
In the past, I have looked at running as my solitude, my only real way to relieve stress and think things through. I still think that running is a wonderful way to do all of these things, but I also realize that I can get stress relief elsewhere. I can go for a bike ride, a walk, I can read a book. All of these things I used to do when I could run, but I don’t think I ever appreciated that I can sub one of these for a run instead and get basically the same calming results.

*I learned I love running. Yes, I thought I loved running before but just go ahead and take 2 full months off of running and see how you feel. At first I honestly was completely fine that I couldn’t run. I knew my body needed the break and running was feeling pretty horrible at the time so I accepted my non running lifestyle and enjoyed walking, biking, strength training all at a lower level than before. I was fine with this for about 3 weeks while my heart rate still felt crummy and my energy levels were less than impressive. Then I really started to miss running. I was feeling better, my energy was returning and all I wanted to do was run.

My first run back was last week. I ran/walked with Stacy 3 miles.  I was so so happy! I’m sure I looked ridiculous with a goofy smile on my face the whole time, but I truly felt light and happy and so grateful to be able to run again. I love that feeling.

*I learned I needed a break. I think I was pushing myself and putting pressure on myself that eventually lead me to dread running a little bit. I’m not sure if it was my attempted marathon training, my lack of iron, or some combination but I was really hitting the wall hard and should have taken some time off much earlier than I did. LISTEN TO YOUR BODY!

*I learned I don’t need to be obsessive about my time, distance, or pace. I got the OK to run last Wednesday and proceeded to go for my first run that day. I didn’t wear my watch, and didn’t care even the slightest bit! I have since gone on a few more runs, nothing more than a few miles but I didn’t wear my watch so I’ll never know. I will start wearing it again as I get back into training, but my watch used to feel like my lifeline when I went for a run and I can now say with confidence that I don’t think my Garmin will hold that much power in the next few months.

*I learned that I don’t run to stay fit or active, I have plenty of other ways to do that, but I run because of how I feel after. Nothing else I have tried in the last 2 months has given me that feeling. The happy, excited feeling that I get when I run, and even when I am done running. I love that feeling and I didn’t realize I missed it until I felt it again.

There you have it, maybe not ALL of the things I learned while not running but definitely some of the most important in my opinion.

Have a great day everyone! I’m headed out for a run soon!

I'll post about this wonderful weekend we just had tomorrow!

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Alright Iron, I'm ready when you are.

Hey everyone!
Happy Thursday!! Its beautiful here. The sun is shining, and everything is nice and green since we have had nothing but rain for the past 3 days. I love this time of year.

I was supposed to get my blood taken on Tuesday during my infusion but they decided to give it one more week before they check out my iron situation. I was a little bummed since I had previously decided that once I knew my iron levels I would give myself permission to start running again.  I'm not sure if this is a smart choice, but I thought it sounded like a good plan. I'm hoping my doctors will agree,

Since i have no idea if I can really run yet, I have filled my running void by registering and researching races from June through November.

Lets just say there are some really fun sounding races just waiting for me to sign up for them. They are calling me name and waiting patiently until I hit the "register" button.

Some of these races include:

Stratton Faxton half marathon - June 24th - possibly?

Falmouth road race -Aug 12th ( I registered for the lottery)

Smuttynose Rockfest half marathon -Sept 30th

CHaD  half marathon  - Oct 20th - registered.

Philly Half Marathon - Nov 18th.

I have high hopes for my return to running and I am really excited to see what my body full or iron can accomplish!

Aside from running ( or non-running) news, yesterday was Matts birthday! We celebrated with cake and lots of brownies. It was a success.

I'm heading home tomorrow to celebrate a belated Mothers Day for the weekend. My sister is heading home too and it should be a fun weekend. Its been a while since we were both home at the same time. Its also supposed to be a beautiful weekend up in VT so I'm pretty excited.

Tonight is family dinner and I'll be sure to chat more about that tomorrow.

Also, if anyone has any computer suggestions I am hoping to look this weekend!
Have a wonderful day everyone!

Monday, May 14, 2012

Doggiesitting and much more

Happy Monday everyone!!

A lot has happened since i last posted so I think the best way to go about todays post is in bullet point form to get everyone all caught up. ( yes I like to pretend my life is that fascinating!)

* I got a new Camera! Finally!! Its a Cannon Powershot  ELPH 300 HS. All that stuff after the word powershot doesn't really mean anything to me yet, but Greg assured me this was a good camera and for a great price so I own it now! He should sell cars...
 I haven't played around with the camera too much yet, but i am pretty excited to be able to document fun things in my life again!

* My hard drive crashed on my computer. Sad. This is why there are no pictures yet taken with above mentioned camera. I knew my computer was getting older and its hard its fair share of problems over the past year, but this was the big one!

If anyone has any computer recommendations I will HAPPILY take them!

* We babysat a dog overnight!

Greg and I are going to be dog-sitting for 3 weeks in Aug so the owners wanted us to take the big guy for a night before then just to make sure everyone meshed well together. Well guess what? We did, and I am IN LOVE! The dog is still a puppy, ( he will be 2 in Aug) and is such a happy, entertaining dog. His name is Casper and he is a white lab, roughly the same size as me. I think that having a dog for 3 weeks will be a challenge at times, but I also think it will be so so fun! I can't wait!!

* I discovered that Costco has soft serve ice cream the size of my head for only a dollar and a half! I realize this is not really that important, but I was so excited yesterday after our spending spree at Costco to end the trip with a huge ice cream! Perfect. I love Costco!

* No running....YET! I am going to the doctor tomorrow for my 3rd infusion and for a blood test. Hopefully this will mean my iron levels are UP and i can RUN LIKE THE WIND!! I am only a little bit excited about this concept! :)

* We had wonderful weather this weekend. This lead to lots of time with friends, grilling, and also going to Home Depot to purchase plants, pots, and soil to make our own little garden on the back porch! Hopefully I will soon be talking of basil, mint, green beans, and many other fun and happy herbs and veggies!

I'm off to finish some laundry and get back to work!

Have a wonderful day everyone!

Monday, May 7, 2012

Dr Seuss words of wisdom

I wish I could say I came up with these all on my own, but I didnt. I saw this online and loved it. I thought I would share it for a happy Monday post! Enjoy :)

Lesson 1: Don’t put off a run until tomorrow that you can do today.
How did it get so late so soon? Its night before its afternoon. December is here before its June. My goodness how the time has flewn. How did it get so late so soon?

Lesson 2: Your effort, even one mile, never goes unrewarded.
You’re in pretty good shape for the shape you are in.

Lesson 3: When life gets complicated take a deep breath, get out there, and run!
Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.

Lesson 4: Don’t let obstacles get you down, face them head on.
I have heard there are troubles of more than one kind. Some come from ahead and some come from behind. But I’ve bought a big bat. I’m all ready you see. Now my troubles are going to have troubles with me!

Lesson 5: If you think today’s run was amazing, wait until you put on your shoes tomorrow. The next adventure is right around the corner.
Today was good. Today was fun. Tomorrow is another one.

Lesson 6: When your brain tells your body to stop, don’t let your feet listen.
And will you succeed? Yes indeed, yes indeed! Ninety-eight and three-quarters percent guaranteed!

Lesson 7: Don’t be intimated by the starting line or your anticipated training mileage.
Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting. So… get on your way.
Lesson 8: Don’t be afraid of trying something new (a routine, route, race distance, or a new form of cross-training)
If you never did you should. These things are fun and fun is good!

Lesson 9: Running is a solitary sport, and only you can push yourself to the next level.
All alone! Whether you like it or not, alone is something you’ll be quite a lot

Lesson 10: When you hit a roadblock physically or mentally, remember that it happens to every runner.
I’m sorry to say so but, sadly it’s true that bang-ups and hang-ups can happen to you

Lesson 11: When non-runners tell you that your running is crazy, just smile.
I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells.

Lesson 12: Most importantly… never, ever give up on your goals.
If things start happening, don’t worry, don’t stew, just go right along and you’ll start happening too.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Tough Cereal

Hey everyone,

Yesterday upon arriving home from the grocery store I made a huge discovery. I usually eat yogurt, fruit, toast, cottage cheese, things like this for breakfast. Greg almost always has cereal. His cereal of choice for almost as long as we have been dating has been Shredded Mini Wheats. He did go through a phase in college where he ate Smart Start, but reverted back to the little wheat squares soon after.

Why am I telling you this? Well, on my quest to get more iron into my diet I have been trying to eat some cereal in the morning. I have fallen for every gimmick there is on cereal boxes promising fortified anything. 

I ate a box of Kixx ( 40% of my daily iron) last week and then when I was at the store last night I grabbed another different box of cereal also promising 40% of my daily iron! I also grabbed Greg a box of his cereal as I almost always do whenever I’m at the store. 

I came home and while I was putting the boxes away I noticed something… Gregs cereal has 90% of your recommended daily iron!! I was shocked! How could I have not known this? All these years he has been iron man and I have been fruit girl. 

I told Greg and he laughed saying he probably got 180% of his daily iron because no one eats just ONE serving of cereal.

 I might be hopping on his shredded wheat bandwagon more often now.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Next year.

Hi everyone!

Its been a busy and slightly stressful week around here, but nothing I cant handle. I’m still battling with my recent anemia issues, but taking it in stride, and basically following any and all orders the doctors give me. Sounds like a recipe for bigger red blood cells and more energy huh? I sure hope so!

It has been wonderful to have such amazing family and friends around this week. I really appreciate all of the nice emails, cards, FLOWERS, and messages I’ve received this week. I am truly a very lucky person! It is so nice to feel so thought about and loved when life gets a little stressful and you feel like you are losing a little control.

 As it turns out May is shaping up to be a very busy month. There are wedding showers to go to, a mothers day to celebrate, and a few fun iron infusions to round out the month. Unfortunately the one thing that is missing is running, the BIG run to be exact. I haven’t been talking much about running since I haven’t been doing any of it lately, but Wednesday I finally stopped pretending and faced the fact that the Vermont City Marathon is not going to happen this year. Not in any way… no walking 26.2 miles, no running 26.2 miles, and no combination of the two. I will run it next year, and hopefully get through the training cycle without any iron problems

I was pretty bummed out, and yes I cried when I had to hit the “defer” button but I also know better than to even pretend my body is in any shape to handle the race. I am looking for a potential race in Nov, but again I am waiting until the end of this month or beginning of June to sign up for anything. Usually not running makes me really moody and crabby, but I tend to believe I am taking this round of no-running in stride. Greg miiiight say otherwise, but maybe we just shouldn’t ask him.

I do miss running, I miss it a lot actually. I am anxiously waiting until I feel better and have the energy, and stamina to bust out a happy sweaty run with anyone who wants to join. Until then I will keep you updated on all of the fun things I am doing with my non running filled time!

Happy Friday!

Monday, April 30, 2012

Who doesnt love cupcakes?

Hi everyone! I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!

Lets start off on a fun happy note and talk about this beautiful weekend we just had in Boston! It wasn’t all that warm, but it was really sunny and pretty!

Saturday I worked all morning and then headed home to get Greg before heading into Harvard. We grabbed lunch and then each went our separate ways to get haircuts! I have side bangs now!! Whooo hooo. I love them. I would post a picture but I am currently in the market for a new camera, so as soon as that purchase is made I promise there will be more photos on this blog!

After my hair cut I walked back home. Greg was already home because his hair takes aprox 5 min to cut whereas I was in the salon for about 45 min. On my way home I walked through Harvard yard and ya know what they have in Harvard yard on the weekends?? Food trucks! Kickass cupcakes food trucks to be more specific! I stopped and got 3. A key lime pie, a chocolate chip cookie dough, and a cupcake they called “The town”. I asked what was in “the town” and they told me it was a vanilla cupcake with cream inside flavored with Jack Daniels and then a chocolate Bailys whip cream. I knew I had to get it because I figured my wonderful boyfriend who doesn’t really like sweets would NEVER be able to turn down a cupcake with Jack Daniels in it….well, he kind of did turn it down but I will try again soon to convert him! Regardless, Kickass cupcakes are FANTASTIC!! They are small enough that you don’t feel totally sick after eating one, and their flavor options are great. They have your typical chocolate and vanilla, but also tropical and savory flavors as well. If you are in Harvard, or Davis sq you need to try these cupcakes! Totally worth it!

That evening we met up with an old high school friend and his brother for some thin crust pizza and potential candle pin bowling in Davis sq. The pizza part happened, but the bowling didn’t. It was super busy and we had our names on the “wait list” for about an hour and 45 min before we headed home. It was still a great time, and so nice to catch up! Sometimes even when you live in the same city it can be hard to find time to meet up and it’s always worth it when you do.

Sunday was a lower key day. Greg and I woke up and went and grabbed brunch before heading over to Southie to help a friend move into her new apartment. Its beautiful and she is right on the water in Southie. I foresee many summer days spent over that way!

The rest of the day was spent grocery shopping and doing laundry. Typical Sunday things! I even planted some basil and other herbs my dad bought me when he was here last week. I can’t wait to see the progress of my plants!

That’s all I have for today. I can’t wait to start running again! Hopefully soon! I’ve been looking at races and trying to find some summer/fall fun to register for.

As for the Vermont City Marathon, I really have no idea what I am going to do for it. I thought about doing the walk a mile run a mile thing for the 26.2 but I won’t really know how my body is going to handle getting back into running until the end of this week at the earliest. We shall see.  I am keeping an open mind and trying not to be too bummed out that my running shoes have been neglected for almost 2.5 weeks.

Happy Monday everyone!

Friday, April 27, 2012

I’ll have some Iron with a side of Iron please.

An update.

After I wore a heart holster for a 24 hour period which was supposed to monitor my heart rate and any activity I did I headed back to the doctor yesterday morning. I headed back because my doctor received my blood work back from Monday and found that I was even MORE anemic ( lack of iron in my blood) than in Jan. Back in Jan they found my iron to be low and suggested I take an iron supplement. This decrease in my iron is concerning since I have actually been trying to get more iron and I've been taking the iron supplement. My doc ordered a follow up visit for yesterday morning.

My dad came down yesterday to go to the appointment with me. It was nice to have him. He asked a lot of good questions that I would not have thought to ask, and was very helpful with some information from when I was a baby that I would not have known. ( I was a premie – lots of past medical info) My doctor was pretty surprised that my iron levels had gone down even further, but did say that low iron and anemia can cause heart rate issues. She thought my crazy heart rate was completely related and then told me that the only reason I didn't feel as bad as I should given my numbers was because of my endurance as an athlete.

She wants me to see a blood doctor and perhaps get an iron or blood transfusion to boost my iron levels. She is also going to have me come in for more blood work to check that iron is not getting stored anywhere else in my body ( liver, spleen, kidney) although its doubtful.

I feel fine, tired, but overall I'm good. She said NO RUNNING only walking until I get in to see the hematologist.

I’m bummed about the running, but I also know that running feels pretty crummy right now and I don’t want to stress my system any more before I can be seen by a doctor.

In other happy news, Larabar came out with a new seasonal flavor  “ pineapple upside down cake” and I think its fantastic!! Try one if you see them at your local store. I found them at Whole Foods.
Happy Friday everyone! I am keeping it low key and productive.