Run, inhale, repeat

I was trying to find the perfect way to sum up exactly how I feel on Mondays and then, I found this meme.

mondays

It could be worse I guess, I could actually have to leave my house to go to work and that would really suck so I’m not gonna complain…..anymore.

I ran 22 miles last week in 6 days.  I’m most proud of the fact that I ran 4 miles a day for four of them and 2 miles for the other 2 days.  I’m most proud because after never having breathing problems before in my entire life, until last year, this is what I use every single day…

inhalers

I feel like that’s a lot of inhalers.  Fortunately I only have to use them twice a day but because it’s never been a part of my normal routine, it’s been rather hard to remember but I’m working on it.

I did go to see my pulmonologist last week and she is running a battery of tests this week and another scan and she also referred me to a cardiologist whom I’ll be seeing in another week.  She thinks she has the answers for me. Without really getting into it too much, I will just tell you that I was already given the diagnosis 10 years ago but there was no biopsy and since I couldn’t get definitive proof I rejected it.  I hope I can get definitive proof this time but since it doesn’t seem all that important now that lungs are involved.  I just want to focus on feeling better, and running.  Running as much as I can.

Did anyone see the Chicago marathon?  Or run it?  I saw this sign that someone made on reddit and it cracked me up.

chi town marathon sign

MacGyver and I had a pretty chill weekend.  I cleaned the hell out of my house and we hit a shit ton of garage sales on Saturday.  I also worked on some more wreaths because apparently, I’ve got issues.  I have turned the man cave into the craft cave.  Don’t tell MacGyver though because he hasn’t figured it out yet.

wreath

I think the dogs are ready for fall.  Boomer is especially sick of the heat and they love when I work outside on the lanai because it’s one of their favorite places…besides the sofa.

besties

Such besties.

Even though the lanai is still too hot in the afternoon, I take my coffee out there every morning.  It’s serene and beautiful.

my pond

Do you see the reflection of the heron on the water?  See what I mean?  It’s so pretty.  No matter how I’m feeling or what’s going on in my life, I always feel better when I’m out there looking at the water.

Unfortunately right now I have to take everything off of the dock and store it in the garage because we might actually be getting a little hurricane.  One thing is certain, it’s never boring around here.

How was your weekend? 

Do you use an inhaler and if so, why?

A little update, because it was on my to do list

I never finish my to do list.  It’s an endless diatribe of angry babble reminding me of the things that I have to do, the things I really should do, and things that I want to do if I could just finish the first two things.

For the record my to do list looks nothing like this one but I want this one instead.

to do list

My to do list is a myriad of line items, crossed off, written back in, and sometimes added to.  It’s never ending.  Either my days are getting shorter or I fall down rabbit holes regularly.

I ran 21 miles last week in 6 days.  It wasn’t stellar, it wasn’t long or fast and not one run really stood out above the others but the point is, I’m still running and I’m hoping to get back to where I was, soon.  Hoping.

I met with my gastroenterologist last week and she told me that my biopsies came back and they didn’t show anything.  Then she put me on some medications and told me we have to do another colonoscopy and endoscopy in a few months to see if we can get better samples.

um no

I’m thinking, um, no.  I really don’t want to do that again so we need a better solution.  So far she hasn’t come up with anything.

I’ve been making wreaths like a crazy person.  MacGyver says I have to sell some of them because 1 wreath is enough and 2 is tolerable but 11 is way overboard.

overdecorator

I cannot be stopped.  I need to be creative.  I need projects.

I did put my creative talents to work in other areas over the last week.  I found an old dresser in a neighbors garbage.  I know what you’re thinking but it was a nice wood dresser with good bones, it was just ugly.

So I took it out of the garbage and MacGyver helped me get it back to our house and after 2 full days of working on it, it looks like this now.

new dresser

It looks perfect in the guest room of our Nokomis house and I’m love it.  But now I want another one.  Can you see whey my to do list never ends?

What did you do this weekend?

Are you a crafty or creative person?  What’s your talent?

A low key weekend with 21 miles

This weekend was extremely low key.  Because Hank had surgery on Thursday we were worried he would be in pain and we wanted to keep him as comfortable as possible so we stayed home and didn’t really leave the house at all.  Well, I didn’t.

I work from home and realistically I could stay in my pajamas for days and it wouldn’t bother me a bit but once I realize that I can’t leave for whatever reason, I get stir crazy.

I can't leave!

For the most part MacGyver and I took turns watching Hank.  I watched him when MacGyver needed to work on the lawn tractor and he watched him in the mornings so that I could run.  It worked out pretty well.

Surprisingly, Hank hasn’t lost his appetite at all, he’s been eating regularly since he came home but he doesn’t really want to drink so I’m giving him water with a syringe.  I think he secretly likes it because truth be told, he might be a bit spoiled.

dog with bottle

Not that spoiled, yet.

On Sunday I asked MacGyver to watch Hank for a bit longer because I wanted to cut the grass and weed eat the lawn.  As much as he hated to, he said ‘sure, no problem.’  I know it killed him inside though.   I could tell every time I passed by the front door and saw him lying there on the sofa watching TV.   (Surely you detected the sarcasm there right?)  Because we haven’t mowed our lawn since before Christmas…

high grass

Don’t worry babe, this shouldn’t take long.

Actually it really shouldn’t have taken more than an hour or two.  I got the grass cut in 45 minutes but unfortunately it took me 3 hours just to weed eat the grass because our weed eater is a MacGyver special and it kept shutting off.

weed eater special

I am not even kidding you, we have a weed eater head just like this…

MacGyver can fix anything so all of our equipment is either souped up or modified and that’s why I had to blow in a hose every few minutes and then stick my finger over it to keep the weed eater from stalling.

 

I kid, I kid, that’s how I keep my ATV from stalling  (Not kidding.).  I’m pretty sure at least one person out there knows what I’m talking about, perhaps Mrs. Inspector Gadget, AKA my sister in law.  She gets it.

But let’s get back to the weekend, shall we?  I ran 13.1 miles on Saturday morning.  I did not have another hydration fail and even though I was home with Hank all day, I got a ton of cleaning done around the house.  The most important thing to tell you though is that I did not get a migraine after that long run.  Not even a slight headache.   Except for the one I got last week, that’s about 3 months of long runs without migraines and my longest run during that time is 15 miles so I’m extremely happy about it.

migraines

I am really looking forward to sharing with you this week a few changes that I made  back in November.  In doing so I’ve been able to do continually increase my long runs and prevent the migraines that I had become accustomed to getting afterward.  I’m going to share the first of those things that I changed tomorrow and then more during the week so I hope you come back to read.  Maybe some of them might work for you.

On Sunday, I wasn’t really sure how many miles I was going to run.  We were playing everything by ear because of Hank but MacGyver told me to run as long as I wanted to so I ran 8 miles.  It was a beautiful morning here and I enjoyed every single minute of it.  I love the weather we had this weekend.  It’s was in the low to mid-sixties in the morning and the low eighties by the afternoon.  It was absolutely perfect.  It won’t last though, summer will be here before we know it.  Hopefully by the time it does, I’ll be acclimated.

Last week I ran 38.5 miles and walked 2 miles.  I ran 5 days and my longest run was 13.1 miles.  My strength training this week was yard work and believe me, it counts.

Hank is getting his drain removed this morning so I’m off to the vet.

How was your weekend?

Did you run?