Wednesday, October 31, 2012

12,007 Hits, 241 Miles, 18 Days & a Partridge in a Pear Tree

A few numbers coming your way...today I hit 12,000 views on my blog! Pretty good for 9 months! Also, I checked my Daily Mile profile and I'm at 241 miles in 2012! This may seem puny to some runners, but that's 241 miles more than I thought I would run this year. In February I was convinced I would never run again, nonetheless train for a half marathon within the same year. In fact, 18 days until St Pete! Oh and the partridge? It originates in "The 12 Days of Christmas" as a symbol of 2 becoming 1...I'm feeling more together by the day. 
Heck yes! Photo via blogger
In 18 days this baby will be MINE! Photo via Competitor.com




Saturday, October 27, 2012

Heart Walk SWAG

After participating in and raising money for the Greater Orlando Heart Walk, I got to pick my kick-booty prize. I didn't want some product that could slice, dice and puree...I wanted a Heart Walk hoodie. I was never in it for the prizes (duh) but I definitely wanted something that would remind me of this experience and how I felt. I also wanted something that would spread the word if I was wearing it. I was super excited when it arrived on Friday, along with my Walk t-shirt! Check out the SWAG! ♥
SWAG.

Spoke Too Soon-Thanks Rosie O'Donnell & Dr. Oz!

So I wrote the last post all about my emotions balancing back out again, and along comes the party train that is The Dr Oz Show. Rosie O'Donnell was on Thursday and spoke about her recent heart attack. I figured it would only be a segment of the show, since that is usually the format. However, it was the entire hour, from her symptoms to stent. It never crossed my mind that I would have an emotional reaction like I did. Here's the kicker...her heart attack was the same as mind in almost every way. She had the extreme fatigue and the chest pain. She didn't call 911. She waited a day (I waited 4). She had a widow maker heart attack with a 99% blockage. She got a stent. She had a video of the procedure that looked identical to mine. So needless to say I started bawling my eyes out. I cried partly because it was all too real (darn you Dr. Oz and your purple gloves) and partly because I was so grateful for the first time. Dr. Oz kept telling Rosie O'Donnell that he had no idea why she was alive, because women don't survive these kinds of heart attacks. My focus for the past 9 months has been on "getting back to normal." As my therapist says, maybe it's time for a new normal. I'm never going to go back to how I viewed life before this experience. For the first time I feel extremely lucky, all thanks to Rosie O'Donnell. ♥

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Y'know What I Just Realized?

I haven't cried in weeks! WEEKS! There were days this year where I didn't go an hour without moisture on my eyeball. I realized this last week but thought maybe it was just a fluke. Definitely not a fluke...maybe I'm back to my callused self. ;)

Here is a list off the top of my head of the ridiculous things that have made me cry this year...in no particular order.

  • watching an old woman cross the street
  • forgetting to give the dog fresh water in the morning
  • my gas light turning on
  • any dog or cat abused on the news...any story...any of them...including that darn Sarah Mclachlan SPCA commercial
  • new shirts getting snagged by my desk at work
  • mornings...enough said
  • returning a shirt to the store because it was too big (helllooooooo!)
  • a smudged toenail
  • sappy commercials
  • sappy shows
  • sappy movies (get the pattern?)
  • updating my mac 
  • updating my iPhone
  • looking at my planner and feeling overwhelmed
Aaaand perhaps the most ridiculous one of all?
  • burning a grilled cheese sandwich
I'm sure there are tons more but these are just the first few that come to mind. Maybe my hormones are starting to simmer down! I even made it to Walgreens tonight and walked past the sympathy greeting cards without a meltdown! Time to take the tissues out of my purse! ♥

[photo via nbu]

Saturday, October 20, 2012

This WomensHealth.gov Video Might Save Your Life!

Thank you WomensHealth.gov, for putting out this YouTube video! Did you know a woman has a heart attack every 90 seconds in the United States? Learn the signs ladies! Also check out their website to learn more about what a heart attack feels like and how to survive one. ♥  

Tired & Topless

I love sleep...maybe a little too much. Somehow I managed to oversleep 2 days this week. Tuesday I got texts from the running chicas saying everyone was sleeping in so I passed back out without even responding. Of course then I overslept for work but managed to get there looking only mildly like I was hit by a truck. So Kathleen and I ran that night. Running when it's day time? Totally weird, I definitely felt like a vampire. But we did it. Thursday I managed to get up (go me!) but today I overslept again. I slept through 2 text messages and 3 alarms. Running fail. The only thing that woke me up was Kathleen calling me to see if I was on my way. Ha. So I flailed around around trying to get ready, only to leave without wearing a shirt and my left contact. No bueno. Back inside I went to get decent and finally make my way out the door. My goal for the next week? Stay fully clothed and wake up on time. Sad but true. ♥
Not bad considering I was part zombie this week
love this <3

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Same Same But Different

The phrase "same same but different" was something Jo and I heard every 5 minutes when we traveled to Thailand back in 2008. It took us the entire vacation and some googling when we returned home to discover that this phrase pretty much means anything. You'd like a soda? Same same but different. A ride in a tuk-tuk? Same same but different. You are trapped in your hotel because of a monsoon (true story)? Same same but different. It wasn't until this weekend that I remembered this catchy little number.
Ah the life in Patong Beach

Plane Shenanigans
This weekend was my 2nd 10 mile run. It felt different-my energy level was higher, I wasn't sore at all, I even made it through using half of a Clif Gu that was like eating raspberry vaseline...ew. So I was convinced that this run was way better than the last. The result? Same same but different. The joke was on me. ♥



Max's New Shirt....Ah-dorable!

Max is always looking for ways to get his mug on this blog. It worked today! See what shirt he picked out at Petsmart? Smart moves Maxwell. ♥
heartbreaker
[photo via Petsmart]

Monday, October 8, 2012

Thanks to TakePart.com!

I've officially had my first guest blogging experience! I'm so thankful to Jeannine Stein, health editor at TakePart.com for contacting me! TakePart.com is an interactive news website which is part of the company Participant Media. Participant Media is responsible for amazing, award winning films such as Food, Inc., An Inconvenient Truth, Waiting for Superman, and The Help! I am so honored that they asked me! You can follow @TakePart & @JSteinTakePart on Twitter, but also check out their website. Oh, and don't forget to check out my blog. Pretty nifty. ♥
Booyah! Screenshot via TakePart.com

OMG that's me!! Screenshot via TakePart.com

Saturday, October 6, 2012

CPR Training is for Dummies (ha, see what I did there?)

This morning I woke up at the crack of dawn (not even, it was still dark) and ran 6 miles with the lovely Kathleen. Then I dragged myself home to shower and scarf down some cereal before heading to CPR class at the YMCA. What a day. Basically it was an emotionally charged training with plenty of heart attack references. What kept it light? The ridiculous pictures I took...enjoy. ♥  
Ok this one isn't funny, just cool
Dillard and I had our dummies in the exact same locations at one point. Great minds.
Freaky, or is it just me?
Then came the babies
Super creepy
Me and my buddy...prepare to be saved!

Monday, October 1, 2012

Bart Yasso!

One of the biggest bummers about missing the Pittsburgh Marathon this spring was not meeting Bart Yasso at the Expo. Amanda got to meet him and I was super jealy. Some rockstar stats about Yasso?

  • He is one of an elite group of runners who has completed a marathon on all 7 continents
  • He was inducted into the Running USA Hall of Champions
  • The Yasso 800s workout is named after him
  • He has completed some of the hardest and most regarded races on the planet, including the Mt. Kilimanjaro marathon and the Badwater 146 through Death Valley (twice!)
  • He contracted lyme disease and KEEPS RUNNING
If that doesn't give Yasso rockstar status, I don't know what does. I'm stoked that I got to meet him. He was super down to earth and even had a whole conversation with Amanda and I. He told me a little bit about his experience with Lyme Disease and a trip to the hospital when he had a racing heart. I told him about my heart attack and he was amazingly supportive and inspiring. His message was to love the run and not give up. I might not run Kilimanjaro anytime soon but I feel much better about moving forward. ♥

Yeaahhh that's his signature! Coincidentally it's almost where my heart attack tat is!