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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