“At first an ordeal and then an accomplishment, the daily run becomes a staple, like bread, or wine, a fine marriage, or air. It is also a free pass to friendship.”
~ Benjamin Cheever, Strides

Monday, March 19, 2012

Rainier Training: Asthma

Quick Look Week of March 12-March 18:
# of Workouts: 6 
# of miles ran: 17 
Weight: 181.8 (Down 3.2 lbs. from previous measurement!)
Chest: 40" (No change!)
Hips: 47"  (No change)

Monday: Rest
Tuesday: Walked 2 miles; ran 5 miles
Wednesday: ST with Adam, Elliptical endurance 32 minutes
Friday: Rest
Saturday: Ran 4 miles, took remainder off
Sunday: Unscheduled Rest day
Well.  I ran through asthma issues on Thursday.  Took my rest day Friday. Woke up with severe asthma issues on Saturday - but was determined to stick to my plan of getting in 12 miles.  I started by running 4 miles BEFORE my group, MIT, was to meet that morning.  The plan was then to run 4 with them, go host a baby shower, and then run 4 more.  My lungs were struggling so much on that first 4 that I decided to go home and hope to get back out for 4 more after the shower for a total of 8.  As a result of the run, my asthma was worse and I coughed so hard at the stop lights driving home that my car moved.  (Did I forget to mention that my rescue inhaler expired in December? I rarely use it, so I forgot to ask for a new one).  I coughed throughout the shower I hosted, and decided another run that day was not going to happen.
Me and Sarah, at her shower at my house
That night, I couldn't lay down without coughing.  Mark insisted I go to urgent care on Sunday.  The "doctor" I saw there, decided I had developed bronchitis by running through my asthma issues, gave me a breathing treatment, and gave me two prescriptions:  one for my missing rescue inhaler (yay!), and one for a codeine cough syrup to help me sleep.  Last night, tried the cough syrup.  Utter fail.  Tried to sleep sitting up - was finally succeeding at that - when Avery woke up screaming.  For another 2 hour cry session.   I think sleep and I have officially broken up.  Maybe we can still be friends?

I read in a blog last week that one aspect of good training is sleeping well, at least 7-8 hours a night.  Um.  Since Avery arrived, MAYBE once a month have I slept that much. I guess that's a fail on THAT part of training, eh?

On the bright side, despite adding an extra rest day, I still lost 3.2 lbs last week!  I knew it would be good when I was weighed in at the doctor's office on Sunday, and even on their scale (fully clothed), I was already down over 2 lbs.  :)  Other bright news, I bought Avery her first pair of sunglasses today.
I'm too cool to smile.
I'm trying to force myself to rest one more day...I don't think I can do two more.  I do plan to follow up with my primary care physician as well, since she knows my asthma way better than a doc-in-the-box.

The most memorable moment from the baby shower I hosted for Sarah on Saturday???  When I kept saying to other women, "Okay, here's your sperm."
Apparently, I'm the Queen of Slightly Inappropriate Shower Games.
This game was pretty entertaining though.

Are you good about adding in extra rest days when they are needed?

What's the most inappropriate baby shower game you've ever played?


  1. Congrats on your weight loss... you've been making so much progress, so glad your hard work is paying off! That game is hilarious-- I can't say I've ever played an inappropriate shower game. :)

  2. Yeah, my kids are five and I can probably count on one hand the number of nights I've gotten eight hours of sleep since their arrival (seven has become more common, but in my old life I used to like a good solid nine).

    The worst shower game.....someone took a bunch of diapers, nuked them with a different candy bar in each so the candy bar melted and looked just like baby poop. Then the diapers with the melted goo were passed around to the guests to identify the variety of candy bar. You had to smell the diapers to do this. Yes, it was candy...but....yuck. Pin the sperm is much better.

    Glad Sarah had some fun time w/ friends!!

    1. HAHAHA! I did that diaper game too. I know, I'm so lame! :D

  3. You throw an awesome shower! Glad I was a part of it. I realized I never got a picture with you & me or you, me & Sarah all dressed nice! The sperm was so much fun!

    And yay weight loss! You go!!

  4. That is a great picture of you and Sarah! Awesome weight-loss - you are a true inspiration!

    I hope you are feeling better too.

  5. HAHHAA that game looks hilarious.....my legs instantly shut tight - I know what those sperm do ;)

    and congrats on the weight loss! you are doing great!!!


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