Hi Everyone! How’s it going? Happy February! I had a very busy weekend. We were on the go the entire time, so I have a lot to share with you! There was some running, and a lot of eating! And today, I finally broke down and saw my doctor. This post will be pretty long, so get comfortable!
When I got home Friday afternoon, Jeremy was ready to leave. His basketball games were a little over two hours away. We stopped almost half-way there to pick up his partner, and we ran in the convenient store to grab a snack. I didn’t get lunch on Friday and was really hungry, so I grabbed a couple of chicken strips and a granola bar to eat during the games. The store had a café in it, so the chicken strips were fresh and good. We got to the gym an hour early (the refs have to be there an hour before game time), and I started reading a book. It was called Stir Me Up, and was pretty good. It was about a girl who was a senior in high school. She had her whole future planned out, but then everything changed. I ended up reading the entire book during the two games, because the teams were awful and the games were boring! (I knew I had a weekend full of basketball, so I got on my local library’s website on Friday afternoon and borrowed a couple of ebooks.)
When we got back to town, we were going to go by Dominos and pick up some pasta. I had 13 miles scheduled for Saturday, and I like to eat pasta the night before I run a lot of miles. I swear it helps me run better, but it might just be a superstition. But, the chicken strips had upset my stomach, so I passed. We got home late, and I fell asleep on the couch while Jeremy watched TV.
Saturday morning I slept in a little, and then we went out to our land to pick up the camper that Jeremy has turned into a hunting blind. He wants to add more windows to it, and he wanted to bring it home to work on it. So, it is now parked in my back yard! That took most of the morning. It was really comical trying to drive down the road with it. It’s on a tiny trailer, and it looks like it’s going to flip over any second. We had to drive about 25 the entire way home!
I fixed some eggs and an English muffin to eat before I ran, and around 12:45 I headed over to my parent’s house to meet my dad.
He is training for the marathon too, and he wanted to run 12 miles with me. The weather was absolutely perfect! It was in the upper 60’s. I am loving this warm weather in January! And now in February too! I like running with my dad because I can run routes that are not safe for me to run alone. We started out strong, but when we got about 3 miles in, we hit a long stretch of road and the wind was blowing at us hard. (My weather app said it was at 18 mph) It was brutal!
I started having trouble breathing, and at first I could just slow down and I would be able to catch my breath. But, as we kept going, I could not catch it at all! We finally had to stop and call my mom to bring my inhaler. We walked a little while we waited on her, but even that was hard. After I got my inhaler, I was determined to try and get all of my miles in. But, we came to a hill that is three quarters of a mile straight up, and I almost gave up and called my mom to come back and get me. We walked up the entire thing. My chest and sides were burning, and the inhaler did not help. I was hoping that once we got to the top and I rested for a minute, I would be able to catch my breath and keep going, but that didn’t happen. We ended up cutting our run short. We made it 7.5 miles. Next Saturday I’m going to try the 13 again.
I went home and used my breathing machine, and it helped a little. It really scared me not being able to catch my breath. I’ve only ever been that bad once before.
After I was finally able to get some air, I got ready to go Jeremy’s games. These games were really good, and his partner’s wife came so I had someone to sit with.
The boy’s game was really intense, and one of the coaches acted like a complete fool, which makes it entertaining. It was a one point game, the entire time!
When we got back to town, we were going to go to Santa Fe to eat because my aunt had given us a $10 gift certificate there and it expired Sunday. But, we were both tired and not that hungry, so we decided to just go on home. I made a grilled turkey and cheese sandwich for myself. It takes Jeremy a while to wind down after his games, so he wasn’t hungry at all when I ate. After I ate I started reading another book and fell asleep on the couch reading.
This book is called Finding Home. Reading this book made me a little worried that I might be getting old, or maybe I’m just losing my mind! I was about 5 chapters in, and I started thinking, this all sounds familiar. The more I kept reading, the more familiar it got. Turns out, I had read this book, but I have no idea when! I could not remember how it ended, so I read the entire thing again. It was a really good book. I liked it both times I read it!
Sunday, we did our normal grocery shopping. We didn’t need much, so it was a really quick trip. When we got home, Jeremy worked on the camper and I took Jake for a long walk. I was still having trouble breathing, so we took it easy.
Later in the afternoon we went to visit our best friends. They had a baby on Wednesday, and they got to come home Saturday. She had the baby in her hometown, so we couldn’t go to the hospital. Saturday she was sick from the car ride home, so we had to wait until Sunday.
The baby was perfect! She was so tiny and beautiful, and she had a head full of hair! She was so snuggly too. I could have held her all day, but there were other visitors there that I had to share with. I’ll be going back this week so I can have her all to myself! We stayed over there for a couple of hours and then headed home to eat dinner. Jeremy wanted taco salads for dinner, so that’s what we had. After dinner I finished my book and went to bed. I did not sleep well because I kept waking up wheezing. As soon as the doctor’s office opened this morning, I called and got an appointment for later in the afternoon.
I fixed an English muffin with low sugar jelly for breakfast.
For lunch I fixed a salad. It had grilled chicken, steamed broccoli, and avocado. I tried out a new to me dressing. It is Skinny Girl Honey Mustard, and it was good.
While I ate it, I checked my emails. I won another contest on Wellcoin and got another $10 Amazon gift card! I still haven’t spent the one I got a couple of weeks ago, so now I have $20 to spend! You should check out my post about Wellcoin! You can read it here. It’s an awesome way to earn rewards for being healthy!
After lunch, I headed to the doctor’s office. I really don’t like going to the doctor, but I guess sometimes it’s necessary. And, it helps that she’s a friend and I’ve known her forever, so I feel like she is really very thorough and I get good treatment.
When the doctor came in the exam room she was laughing and saying she must have jinxed me. Two weeks ago when I was there for my physical, she asked me how my asthma was because she had been seeing a lot of people with breathing problems. At that point I was fine. It wasn’t until the next day that it started bothering me. She said that I have lost 7 pounds in the last two weeks, and based on how tired I have been and how I’ve been feeling, she was worried that I may have pneumonia. But, when she listened to my lungs, she didn’t hear any sounds of pneumonia. So, she diagnosed me with a severe respiratory infection. She loaded me up with some medicine and gave me strict orders of “no running” for the next few days, and lots of rest. If the medicine doesn’t knock it out this week, then she’s going to check again for pneumonia. I’m crossing my fingers that it’s not that!!!!
She also told me that my asthma attack on Saturday was probably triggered by cedar pollen, which I’m allergic to. She said the count is really high right now. I looked it up when I got home and sure enough there is a warning on the news about it.
After my doctor’s appointment I came home and have been following the doctor’s orders. I am settled in for a night of rest and relaxation.
I have also been looking at my training plan for this week and am trying to figure out when I can get some of the runs in. I am figuring that if I rest most of the week, maybe by Saturday I can run 7 miles, and then on Sunday I can run 13. I’ll just have to see how I feel, and I’m not going to push it until I know I’m better. And, if the cedar count is still high, I may have to run all of that on the treadmill.
What did you do this weekend?