Monthly Archives: March 2011

Heart Rate Update & Why It’s Important to Listen to Your Body

A few weeks ago I wrote a post about monitoring my heart rate while running and how I learned that my heart rate was really high.

I was pretty worried due to my family history of heart disease so I made an appointment with a cardiologist to get things checked out.  She performed an EKG and things looked good, aside from the rapid rate.  She thought everything would check out fine but recommended a stress echo to see how my heart looked before exercise, during exercise and right after.

Yesterday I did the stress echo and all came back good with my heart – except for the fact that my resting heart rate is really high (like 110-115 beats per minute). The doctor decided that since it wasn’t causing me to feel faint or pass out that we should let it be unless my blood work came back with something that needed to be treated.    I was both happy and frustrated by this.  I don’t like when there’s not an explanation for things.  “Some people just have a high heart rate” isn’t enough for me when I have so many relatives with heart problems.  I was still really upset and stressed about it last night.

But this morning, I got a call back from the doctor with my blood work results. It turns out that my high resting heart rate can be explained by my apparently very overactive thyroid.  I’ve been googling it and it turns out it makes quite a bit of sense:

Symptoms (source)

  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Fatigue
  • Heat intolerance
  • Increased appetite
  • Increased sweating
  • Nervousness
  • Restlessness
  • Weight loss (rarely, weight gain)

Other symptoms that can occur:

  • Weakness
  • Itching – overall
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Pounding, rapid, or irregular pulse
  • Rapid, forceful, or irregular heartbeat (palpitations)
  • Skin blushing or flushing
  • Sleeping difficulty

I pretty much have all of these symptoms.  While I know this will be a pain to get straightened out at first, I know this will help with a whole bunch of other things that I’ve been treating separately (like random nausea, sleeping problems, etc.) and that’s kind of a relief.  Plus I felt a little crazy when the doctor said there was nothing wrong with my heart but I knew it was feeling funny.

Anyway, the point of this whole post is listen to your bodies.  If something feels weird, get it checked out.  And if you don’t like what the doctor tells you – find another.  It’s always better to deal with little things before they become big things.  And check out Carrie’s post at MovesNMunchies has a great post today called If Bodies Could Talk, that focuses on listening to your body about food an exercise. It’s important stuff 🙂

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Wordless Wednesday: Natalie Dee Style

I wish I could wear workout clothes to work. I hate work clothes.

 

Real update on my follow up with the cardiologist and what is actually going on with my heart coming later!

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National Half Relay Recap aka That Time I Puked on N. Capitol Street

In the week leading up to the National Half Marathon, I knew I was getting sick. I tried my hardest to pretend I wasn’t but I felt terrible enough to skip working out for 5 days.  I had a brief day where I felt awesome and then Friday afternoon I started to ache and my appetite vanished without a trace.

There was no way I was going to let a cold or sinus problems keep me from racing with my awesome relay team.  On Friday afternoon, Suze & I met up with Joanna, Sana and Amanda at the Armory to check out the expo.  When we realized there wasn’t much of an expo to check out, we took our stuff and headed out to dinner at a little bistro called Zest in Eastern Market. We met up with our 6th teammate, Joy, who was driving in from Boston and had a great time.  I am so lucky that I met such nice, sweet people through this awesome blogging community.  So. Lucky.

We all headed out early because we had to be up bright and early the following morning.  I was so nervous – mostly about Metro being able to get us to the race on time – and didn’t have the best night of sleep.  I got a few hours of sleep but I woke up totally queasy.  Poor Suze spent the entire day listening to me discuss how close I was to throwing up (and she blocked me from view when I realized my heart rate monitor was on upside down and I performed an almost-strip show for the people at Farragut West).

As we waited for Amanda and Joanna, I got to cheer for Beth, Amy and Dorothy – who were flying through running their half and full marathons.  It was especially nice to see Beth blowing past the 1:40 pace group because she kept that pace up and killed her half with an awesome PR.  Go congratulate her!

Amanda and Joanna ran such a speedy five miles and before we knew it we were on our way.  The first mile flew by. I think we finished it in 10:20, which is pretty speedy for me.  At around mile 2 I started to feel horribly sick and stopped to stretch to try to stop my stomach from freaking out.  We switched to run/walk intervals and powered through the last 3 miles at a pace that was either extremely fast or extremely slow – depending on the course length.  My Garmin went ballistic with all of the tunnels and it showed the we only ran 4.7 miles instead of 5. If it turns out we ran 5 miles, our time was incredible 🙂

When I saw the relay exchange zone I took off like a bat out of hell, handed off the scrunchie to Joy and bee-lined for a trash can.  I think I screamed “If anyone has a problem with puke they’re going to want to move FAST!” before unleashing on the side of North Capitol Street.  According to Suze, only one girl moved out of the way.  I feel like this was my point of becoming a real runner.  I puked but still had the runners high and still say I had a great time!

We finished! (photo credit:Amanda @ eatsloveandhappiness.com)

 

I am printing this and hanging it in my office!   Photo Credit: Sana @ supersana.com

 

Joy made us all medal hangers! Photo Credit Sana @ supersana.com

Done!

Congrats to everyone who ran great races.  I feel like a ton of people PRed this course.  I’m so proud of everyone!

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#bloggersinvadeDC For the National Marathon, Half and Relay

I am so excited for this weekends National Marathon, Half Marathon, and Relay! I’m equally excited this race means #bloggersinvadeDC!

Bloggers invade. Or robots. Whatevs.

I google image searched "bloggers invade DC" and came up with this picture. LOOOOVE!

Bloggers will also invade Metro (or the subway in London...Whatevs.)

I’m beyond excited to meet so many of the wonderful ladies I’ve been chatting with over the last few months.  I would list links, but the list is just too long. I’m counting down the minutes to the race and the meet up Saturday night.

Best wishes to everyone running. Have fun & stay safe, healthy and warm!

The Groundhog is a liar. No early spring here in DC!

And good luck this weekend to everyone running races that aren’t in DC & running for fun!!

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(nearly)Wordless Wednesday: Natalie Dee Style

This Wordless Wednesday goes out to everyone racing this weekend who has suddenly developed a cold or serious allergy symptoms:

 

Natalie Dee Sick Week January 2011

Natalie Dee Sick Week January 2011

Natalie Dee Sick Week January 2011

 

Wishing everyone a healthy week and great races this weekend!

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Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

It was a gorgeous day in Arlington today,  55 degrees, sunny, breezy.  I was excited to head out for my longest run since January.

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Please excuse my horrible posture!

I decided to head south on the Mount Vernon trail and run past National Airport along the water.  I ran down to Daingerfield Island, where all of the sailboats are docked.

03202011 MV Trail Daingerfield

Only 12 miles away from Mount Vernon, the start of the George Washington Parkway 10 Miler.

03202011 MV Trail Marina

Everything is so green as spring is spring-ing!

03202011 MV Trail

Mid-run photo shoot!

This run was tough.  I have been doing all of my weekly runs between Pentagon City and Crystal City, which is extremely flat.  Completely and totally pancake flat. The little rolling hills I came across zapped my energy so quickly.

Thankfully, it was a beautiful day and I was able to take things really slowly and enjoy my time outside.  I brought my Camelback Mini Mule (yes, I run with a kids’ sized hydration pack! It has the same 50 oz. water reservoir as the women’s pack but the fit is so light and it has pretty big pockets. I’m in love with it!) and some vanilla Gu to stay hydrated and energized.

I’m really happy that I got the miles in on such a nice day.  I’m thrilled that spring is here – aside from the fact that I sneezed about a thousand times today and used my blue shirt as a tissue more often than I’d like to admit.  I can’t wait for the National Half Marathon Relay next weekend. Bring it spring! I’m ready for you!

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Racing through Spring

I’ve been looking at my spring race calendar and wow, it’s really busy!  I am so excited for the warmer weather and plan to be taking full advantage of it.

I haven’t talked about it much but I’ll be running the National Half Marathon Relay next Saturday with some awesome bloggers. I’m on a team with Amanda and Joy.  We’re running with a second team that includes  Sana, Susannah and Joanna.  I am so excited to get to participate in this race with such great people.

I'll be running the middle leg - miles 5-10.

The first two miles of my leg are uphill and remaining three miles are downhill (elevation chart). I’m pretty hopeful that I’ll be able to pull off a good time because my adrenaline will be going from the start while I go uphill and I’ll be able to make up a lot of time on the downhill.  Once I hand off to my teammate Joy, who will finish for our team, I think I’ll just jog the last 3.1 miles of the course to the finish instead of taking Metro with a bunch of sweaty runners and tourists.  My training plan for the GW Parkway 10 Miler calls for 8 miles anyway.

Before yesterday, my April was pretty open except for the 10 Miler.  I’d been on the fence about signing up for the Crystal City 5K Series, mostly due to the huge price increase from last year.  The course is pretty much the exact course I run every time I go out for a run around the neighborhood – which is both a pro and a con (I’m familiar with the course and will hopefully be able to set a PR vs. I always run this course for free, why exactly do I want to pay to do it?).

This 5K series runs through my normal running route.

In the end my desire to set a PR, add to my race shirt collection, and knock out 5 of my 2011 Run for the Bling of It Challenge races in a single month won out. Plus the nice folks at Pacers promised not to disappoint!

Check out my races page to see my plans for the rest of 2011.

What are your spring race plans?

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