Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Happy Birthday to ME!

It's my birthday! HOLLER! ♥
video

Friday, November 23, 2012

Shop Your Heart Out!

Wishing you all a happy and healthy Thanksgiving! While you're shopping today and planning your holiday, please don't forget about ShopHeart.org. 100% of the proceeds goes towards educating about heart disease and stroke awareness. They have some great holiday gifts! Also, pin the things you like to my Heart Healthy Pins board on Pinterest for others to enjoy as well. Happy Shopping! ♥
[screenshot via shopheart.org]
(P.S. I am obsessed with this Survivor tee!)
Oh, and this is officially my 100th posting! Happy 100 everyone! Here's to 100 more!
[photo via pubshop]


Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Lady Speed Stick Half Marathon (aka SUCK IT Heart Attack!)

*Photo creds to Chris, Kathleen, Leah and Amanda*

After a 17 hour nap, a massage and 2 bowls of Cinnamon Toast Crunch, I finally feel mentally and physically able to compose this posting. Side note: if you're going to take a 17 hour nap, alert your closest friends so they don't think you've kicked it when you don't respond to their frantic text messages.

I DID IT! I beat my Daytona Half Marathon time from last fall! I finished the Lady Speed Stick Half Marathon this past weekend in 2:56:46. For some runners that time may seem slow and like nothing to get excited over, but for my behind it's big stuff.

Friday morning I woke up to a very sicky Maxwell. After rushing him to the vet, I worried all day until the vet called to tell me he had pancreatitis. My poor baby! I cried for the remainder of the day because 1.) he was in a lot of pain and 2.) I didn't know what to do about St Pete. The vet said to wait and make any decisions in the morning so I snuggled in not knowing what the morning would bring. Max cried most of the night so I barely got any sleep. Luckily in the morning he was feeling much better.

Poor little boo boo
My friend Mike still agreed to dog sit (thank you Dr. Mike!) and the vet said he should be fine, so I packed Madeline's meds, Max's meds (crap, did I remember MY meds?!) and headed for the door. My worrying started to melt away as soon as we saw the water. St Pete or bust!
On our way! Look at that Gulf weather!
First on the agenda was a stop at the expo. Bib, check. Adorable SweatyBand with hearts on it? Check. New iFitness belt? Check and check. I was all geared up and getting excited. We decided to have dinner at The Columbia (one of Amanda's favorite places) and celebrate the big weekend.
The Pier - Columbia Restaurant
The gorgeous view at The Pier



We'll be running down the Pier in the AM

Actin' a fool

Gotta stay hydrated!

<3 these ladies (l-r: Amanda, Leah, me, Kathleen)
After dinner Kathleen, Chris and I headed back to the hotel. This hotel was totally haunted. Some of you will think I'm crazy but I shot this video on my iPhone. Check out the lights! All the blinds were down and the lights were off. Anyone got any other explanation? Super creepy. So the ghosts and I settled down for our Half Marathon Eve slumber.


Time to get up and face the race! The weather was a little chilly (by Florida standards) but I was loving it. Perfect temp for my Northern body. We headed for corral 4!

We're in there, I swear!
Da crew. 




Let's do this!
Hey look, it's Betty and Gloria!
We were off! The first few miles felt great! I felt energetic, light on my feet and ready to conquer the race. Then at about mile 9 my heart rate stopped cooperating. No matter what I did it just wouldn't go down. So some extra walk breaks were thrown in there. Even though Amanda, Kathleen and Leah tried to reassure me I was super nervous that I wouldn't make it. We made it through Tropicana Field and then something awesome happened-we saw the 3:00 pace leader (who happened to be preggo and barely breaking a sweat, PS)! We made our way in front of her and I felt better. As long as I was in front of her I knew I was ok.

Running antics
About to run through Tropicana Field

Guess what? We made it!! 2:56:46 is my official time. This is also a PR for Kathleen too! I wouldn't have made it without the ladies. I was pretty much discouraged from the start and they kept telling me to worry about my heart rate, they would worry about the rest. Thank goodness they were there! 


Race bling, baby!


Hard to see, but I sewed a heart patch on the inside of my shirt for good luck

BLING! This medal had a removable charm!


Official time! 
I bought myself a Tiffany's heart necklace (pink and silver) and didn't open it until after the race. Then I put my charm on it. Pardon the wet hair but I was so darn excited to have it on.

Necklace reward
So it's over. I won't play Aesop on you and give you the moral of the story, but I will say that I'm excited to see what the future holds. I may not be the fastest chick on the course, but I finished. It's only been 10 months since my heart attack and I'm getting better. Onward. ♥  




Sunday, November 18, 2012

I Did It!

I did it! 2:56:46. I'd tell you more but I desperately need a nap. Details to come... :) ♥

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Anticipation

My stomach is turning. My head is killing me. I just ate waffles for dinner. 
It must be nerves. 

The Lady Speed Stick Half Marathon in St Pete is THIS SUNDAY. As in THIS WEEKEND. As in November 18th. Crapola. I am terrified, excited, anxious and gloriously happy, all rolled into one little knot in my stomach. I've had horrific nightmares and deliriously happy dreams this week about running. I even went so far as to give myself a pinched nerve in my shoulder blade from the stress (which still hurts by the way). Most days I've woken up late and most nights I've fallen asleep hours before bedtime.

And for what? A race. A run. A Sunday morning stroll. For most runners this would be just another race. For me it's a milestone. Just over a year ago I completed my first half marathon and now, just 9 months after my heart attack, I will complete another. My time in Daytona was 3:03. My perfectionist, stubborn self would love to beat this time and come in under 3 hours. My logical side (a much smaller occupant of my brain) says that I'm crazy and should just enjoy it and be thankful. So who knows which voice will win. Stay tuned... ♥

Before the Daytona Half
Lucky running number 4! ANOTHER ONE! AAAANNND corral 4!


Thursday, November 8, 2012

9 Month Checkup

Today was my 9 month appointment with the cardiologist. Wait, shouldn't I have a baby by now? I digress. Basically it went well. Blood pressure looks good, I haven't turned into a droid yet and Dr. K knows all about my half marathon. So things are looking up! I have an echocardiogram scheduled for later this month to get an updated EF (ejection fraction for you crazy kids who don't speak heart attack). I'm really hoping it's gone up dramatically. After the heart attack my EF was 35%, which was borderline defibrillator. By April (I found out thanks to my fun little stay back at the bed and breakfast) my EF had increased to 40%. A normal EF is between 55-70% so I still have a long way to go. But, I'm working hard and hoping it will pay off. Dr K did put me on a new medication (yeah, that makes 10 now...sheesh) called Niaspan, or Niacin. It's supposed to help with these sticky particles my body calls blood and fights excess cholesterol. Although my cholesterol is fine, I do have the weird kind of blood that clumps easily. A side effect of Niacin? Facial flushing. Fantastic. For everyone who knows how pale I am and how easily I blush, that'll be ah-dorable.
photo via cartoon stock


As a side note, November rocks. Lady Speed Stick St Pete Half Marathon in 10 days (HOLY CRAP--10?!!) and my 32nd birthday in 20 days. The weather is amazingly refreshing, Obama has been reelected, and I am able to wear boots without sweating my tookus off. Life. Is. Good. ♥
photo via lululemon


Sunday, November 4, 2012

12 miles?!

There are 2 more weeks until the Lady Speed Stick Half Marathon in St Pete! Today was our 12 mile training run. I have to admit, it wasn't terrible. I tried these sport beans (Jelly Belly) that I found at the Track Shack. If you can get past the ungodly strong taste of a watermelon karate chopping your uvula then you should try them. They had a little bit of caffeine in them and kept me going for the full run. Definitely a keeper. Minus getting a little lost on the golf course route, we did pretty well. I had a mini breakdown after we finished when I looked at my time and realized I wasn't going to beat my Daytona Half time from last year. I walked off the tears, trying to be thankful I was running at all, but my impatient nature got the best of me. It's hard to accept that it's going to take me awhile to bounce back. I want so badly to be faster, stronger and more energetic but I have to remember my limits. So little impatient me is off to take a nap with the fuzzy babies. Time to reset and relax. ♥
photo via daily mile