Category Archives: Heart

Back to running

I realized the other day that I haven’t posted here in a long time. So, here’s what has been going on with my running.

I took a TWO year break as I was having issues with my IT bands and I sought out a PT for this. I noticed that I was sitting with my legs tucked underneath me when I would sit down. Once I changed this strategy, I had no more issues with my IT bands. I had pain just walking and sometimes when I was trying to sleep at night my legs would throb and hurt.

Looking back on my running history, I can see where I started to walk and run more often now that I didn’t have any pain in my legs at all.

I’ve gotten past doing intervals and I’m currently running about 3-4 miles at a time. I run the entire thing. I’ve been slowing down as I run if I feel I need to. Just running the entire thing is a huge accomplishment to me. I’ve been pushing my body to see how far I can go without stopping.

I started with just 2 miles on the rail trail. Then I decided to do three, but I ended up doing a 5K. The rail trail here is split up on one end by a 2 mile increment. I knew that my body could do the 4 miles, I just had to wrap my brain around that. I accomplished this for the first time on October 2, 2017! I did stop here and there, but, I did it! I did it again on November 4, 2017, this time without stopping. I have done mostly 2 and 3 mile runs lately. I think I’m due for another 4 mile run, or even beyond, soon!

I’ve signed up to do a Santa Fun Run on December 9, 2017. This will be the first time I’ve run in December. It’s a 5K on a farm and I’ve heard it’s a nice run with pretty scenery.

I’ve signed up to do my first 8K on April 29, 2018! This is the Inaugural National Women’s Half and 8K run! I’m so stoked!

I’m seriously considering entering the MCM 10K next Fall. The registration opens in mid-April, 2018, so I’m going to see how I feel at that moment and think about it after my first 8K, then decide.


Training Week 9

This week started off with a holiday run. My daughter and I met the friend mentioned in the previous post that will running with us! I’ve noticed more energy this past week and I’m not out of breath going up the stairs, even carrying things. BIG improvement!

Weekly Run Total – 4.70

Average Pace: 14

Monday – Run

This was a good run. Having someone next to me, chatting and keeping me going really HELPED so much! I actually only slowed down, I didn’t walk, until we had met our goal of 2.50 miles. By then we were both ready for a cool down walk. It was about 5 minutes long, so we are right on target with our training. You can see my friend here with me and my daughter put her shoes in the photo below as well.

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Tuesday – Elliptical

I wanted to really push myself today. To get a good sweat and to get some major breathing techniques down. The elliptical is great for that. It helps me by putting me on a hill and I actually went further today and worked harder than I have in a long, long time. I went for 45 minutes and raised up the percent to 40% during the middle of the workout. 1.30 miles in 45 minutes and I burned 126 calories.

Friday – Run

Hubby was home, so, I took advantage of that and ran in the morning while he put the girlie on the bus. I ran to the next neighborhood and did a loop, ran back here. This was a run dedicated to all the people who lost their lives on 9/11/01.


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With the weather cooling off and The Color Run only 14 days away, I’ll be running more often this week! I have a goal of running on Monday, Wednesday and probably Saturday and yoga and the elliptical on Tuesday and Thursday. Maybe yoga on Friday. Hopefully this will happen, we shall see!


FitBit Surge

I have been using a TomTom multi-sport watch for a month or so with my runs. I wanted to get a watch that had a HR monitor built in. I didn’t really want to switch, I wanted it to work with my TomTom, but I didn’t want to purchase and wear a telemetry strap. I cannot stand those and they never stay in place on my body.

Today I purchased this:

It’s amazing and I haven’t even had a chance to run with it yet! I did wear it all day today and I have to say even though it’s big on my small wrist, I really don’t mind it. It’s not really any larger than any other workout watch I’ve ever owned.

I’ve had a FitBit since 2012, but, I haven’t worn one in a while as I wasn’t really running. Now this one is cool with GPS, elevation tracker, run time, distance, pace AND HR monitoring.  I can control my music and see a notification when I get a text or email or someone is calling. That’s all I need. BUT I also have a sleep tracker, a step counter, a calorie counter and a silent alarm. Also, if I take a nap for more than an hour it will track it.

There’s different exercises I can choose before I start. I may do the elliptical tomorrow morning just to get back into a routine of doing something each day.

Right now I’m on week 3 of the Couch to 5K program.


Heart Issues

I started this blog back in March, but, I never posted anything!

I currently am benched from running. I started back on the C25K program in March  and I was doing great for the first two weeks. Then I noticed I was having issues with my heart feeling like it was being stabbed. Only when I ran and sometimes with my cool-down. That was the end of April.

I made an appointment to see my doctor. He put in a referral for a cardiologist. I stopped running at the beginning of May.

I made a cardiologist appointment.

Then on May 21st I was in a car accident where my car was rear-ended. I still have lingering issues with my back and neck and shoulders from that. My doctor told me under no circumstances should I run until after my cardio appointment.

I had my first cardiologist appointment today.

I had a stress test. First I had an EKG. After that I talked to my doctor. She put me on the exercise stress test where you walk and then run on a treadmill while hooked up to leads that go to the computer. I have no arrhythmias, which is great. I walked and ran on the treadmill for a total of 10 minutes. I had a pinching feeling in my heart area three times. Now they want me to do the next test on Wednesday.

They want to find out if the pinching sensation I’m feeling is in my heart or in the muscle around it. So, I have to fast for 12 hours and cannot drink anything but water for 6 hours before the test. They place an IV in my arm and put in technetium based radioactive material to evaluate my heart during a resting period. About a half hour after that, they take photos of my heart. Then, I walk or maybe run on a treadmill for a while. Then they put more of that same material or something similar in my arm. Then I can eat something. It has to be high in fat content. One to two hours after that I have to return to the clinic and they take photos of my heart again for about 30 minutes. Then I can go home. It’s a long day, I need to bring something to do to pass the time.

I’m not really nervous except for the fact that no one can figure out why I’m having a pinching or stabbing sensation in my heart. My cardiologist actually thinks it may be in the muscle surrounding my heart and since I hadn’t run for a while, it showed up in March when I started the program. I went on the elliptical all Winter, along with doing yoga. But, that’s not running. Anyhow, I’ll update this blog when I know the answers or at least some sort of news!