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12 Miles

Saturday, July 09, 2011

Well... I did it. I did 12 miles today.

I did great the first... well a lot of the miles I did great. Consistent pace, hydrating, snacking, etc.

Around 9 miles or 9.5, there was tightness in my chest. I had asthma as a child and will every so often get it when I'm uber sick in the chest, so I chilled out a little and the gal who runs with me was a little concerned. She kept asking if we should get a cab back, but this is me we're talking about.

It got particularly concerning when my hands swelled up horribly. I know there's always some swelling in heat and working out, that wasn't the big deal. It was how big my hands got, they looked almost bruised. Clearly something funky going on.

So we walked the last 2.25 miles. And STILL came in only 7 minutes over 3 hours (we're training for a 15 mins pace currently). Wait, only 7 minutes? When we walked as much as we did? Cause we walked extra during mile 9 too... I was STOKED about that. Not competitive with myself much now am I? Hahaha.

I talked to a coach, who obviously said, go see a doctor. He says the signs are there that it could be sports induced asthma, but clearly go get it checked out.

What this means is I'll be finding a doc out here a little sooner than I'd anticipated haha. I was going to wait until closer to my birthday, so I have all of my annual exams in my birthday month. So I'll find one now and tell him/her that I'll do the physical in November, but let's just deal with the problem at hand. I'm concerned the team won't let me run if I don't get it checked out immediately (I don't have major issues at the shorter mileages and we have shorter miles for the next two weeks). So on it I get.

Upshot is... I did 12 miles.

Time to go relax for 45 minutes, then take a long hot shower, then tutor, then dinner, then home to SLEEP. Oooohhh yeah.

I'll keep y'all updated.
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    Congrats on your 12 miles - awesome! Just getting the distance done is an accomplishment in and of itself.

    Smart coach by the way - when I took training, the trainers emphasized not to try to go outside your speciality, so unless your coach is a doctor, they did the right thing!
    3240 days ago
    You go girl!!
    3240 days ago
    WTG on rocking those 12 miles!!!! What a badass!!! Did the doc lend any advice?
    3241 days ago
  • SUGIRL06
    Way to go on the 12 miles!!! I hope everything checks out ok. Sounded like an allergic reaction to me but I know nothing about asthma either!
    3243 days ago
    Holy Carp Batman! That's a lot of miles. Well done, asthma and all.
    3244 days ago
  • UVAGRL928
    Way to go on the 12 miles! Make sure that you go to the doctor just to get it checked out... it's better to be safe :)
    3244 days ago
    Woohoo congratulations on your 12 miles, just awesome. As for the swelling, I agree with LISAIMS I cannot wear my rings while running or working out. I do drink G2 which is diluted, I take one and split into two bottles and even that I keep adding more water because I find it too sweet. It does help with the swelling.

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    3244 days ago
    Awesome job in hitting your longest training run! Piece of cake to get through your taper and then it's the big day. Woot woot!! As for your swollen hands... were you drinking water or an electrolyte drink like Gatorade? "Sausage fingers" are a common problem that can be fixed with an electrolyte drink. During cooler weather I alternate water and G2. Hot weather is all G2. I can't handle the sugar in regular Gatorade. You're doing great and I hope you can get a handle on your asthma so you get to race!
    3245 days ago
    Congrats! 12 is amazing...I did 8 and thought id pass out from just walking. Going to zumba soon...
    3245 days ago
    Great job! The most I've ever done is 8 miles! You kick butt! ;P
    3245 days ago
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