Rock and Roll Arizona Race Recap

We arrived in Arizona Friday evening and went to the expo in Phoenix. This race was set up a bit different. The 5k was on Saturday in Tempe along with a second expo day. On Sunday was the marathon, half marathon, 10k and relay. So something for everyone and those bling junkies could do a race a day for a “remix challenge”. The marathon started in Phoenix, went though Scottsdale and finished in Tempe.
We parked in the lot in downtown Phoenix and walked to the expo . I have to admit I was a bit giddy seeing all the super bowl signs hanging around with my Patriots in the AFC championship that weekend. The expo was well set up and stocked. My iPhone had finally crashed one too many times so A new phone meant I needed a new Spibelt. I prefere running with a tune band for my small arm but I didn’t have time to order one and I like my little pouch for walks and hikes. Finally found that at a little pop up shop called runners den. Next up was looking for NUUN. I needed a new bottle to run with and they always have great expo deals. I wasn’t sure if I packed my knee brace so I wanted to pick up some KT tape just in case. Hubby also picked up some socks and body glide. There was also some cool races to sign up for but we still don’t know where will be living next year….

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My 5k started in Tempe beach park. This is a gorgeous area with paths, playgrounds and more overlooking the beautiful Tempe Town Lake. Now sometimes the smaller race just an after thought but that was not the case here at all. We had our own bag check which was nice because it was a chilly morning. I kept my clothes on until the last possible moment and headed to the back of the corrals. After the national anthem we were off. With all my gear on (see previous post) I felt pretty good. The course was fairly flat save a few overpasses one that was more substantial than others that I actually chose to gun up. We had a lot to look at running by the lake and some cool mountain/rock views. There was a band on course at the other end of a tunnel so it really amplified the sound and pumped you up as we ran though it. We also had a dj towards the end of the run. ( see the little 5k was not forgotten about;). I finished faster than my previous runs since undergoing my Lyme treatment. I felt pretty strong too…maybe I can run a little more?

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Finish Festival. After collecting my medal (not bad guitar pick) and grub I met up with my family and went to the finish festival. It was pretty warm now and we sat in the sun and watched Desert Dixie, the post race band, play some country music. I had my free mich ultra. I never drink anymore with my Lyme but I earned it. They also had a kid run for grades k-12. My son is too young but because of this they had awesome inflatables to play on that he LOVED (5 dollars I’m sure for insurance and a signature). We had great fun in the sun.

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Back at the hotel. My husband had scored a great deal as a military rate at the Marriott in downtown Tempe. It was a quick (less than ten minute walk for Tempe beach park) which was the hub really for race weekend. *a bit of advice ask to stay at no road side of building, it was a bit loud if you’re a light sleeper like me*. I rested for awhile and then we walked to PF Changs (race sponsor). Yummy food for my crazy diet. More rest after and then I took my son out exploring. (If you cut through garage even quicker walk to the shops). We found a cute candy shop and mini park with bunnies while my hubby kept his feet up in prep for the marathon.

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Marathon day. My husband’s run started at 7:50, not too early. He said public transportation was super easy to get to the start.The course, he mentioned as fairly flat and had it not been for the unseasonable warmth (near 80 at finish) he probably would of PR’d. He’s fast too (3 1/2 average) so I can’t imagine being out there longer… Again it was easy for us to walk to the finish. We found our spot. (Marathon and 10k on one side 1/2 and relay peeps on the other). We cheered on the first female and waited for “daddy”.

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Finish festival. It was pretty easy meeting up with my eight time marathoner at the baggage area. We chilled by the lake while he caught his breath and then picked up his finisher jacket (free brooks swag). Then it was time to hit the beer garden (children allowed in unlike some other races). The tent provided some good shade as I ate a fruit bowl and they shared a pizza. Entertainment was great with Wallflowers started and then OKgo.

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Overall. It was a really fun weekend. A lot to do in the area. We cheered on the Pats at a Buffalo Wild Wings that night. I had really wanted to do a hike the next day but someone was sore so we hit a dunkies instead. The race was very organized, a lot going on, easy to spectate and something for everyone. A+ (just one plus nothing will beat the Bears).

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Happenings 1/21

A couple weeks ago (for the second week in a row due to having colds/bugs plus an increase in Lyme symptoms) I stayed home from church. I pulled out my Bible to do some journaling and got a call from my mom that my aunt unexpectedly passed away. I’ve always been close with my aunts so this was very sad. I just wanted to share a few memories: When I was about 8 we went to visit her and my uncle in Florida where they were living at the time. One day we I believe we’re going to go horseback riding on this huge farm but when we arrived riding was over for the day so we walked around. From every direction, I swear even the tree tops there were these huge peacocks jumping all over the place. I swear they were trying to get me. I think I’ll always associate peacocks with my aunt. She was beautiful and unique like them… Speaking of unique I can remember one Christmas opening her gift and it was a Chinese food purse! Huh? We chuckled but then realized how funky and cool it was, I will always remember her for her unique style unapologetically herself, something we should all strive to be. My aunt had her own chronic health issue. I’ll leave it at that for privacy/respect for my family but I will say since my diagnosis we had a kinship, knowing a little what the other was going through. I generally am the last person awake in my household and I could always count on going on Facebook and reading her inspirational posts, comments on my photos, blog or wall. She helped me feel less lonely. Rest in peace.
The world also lost another special individual recently: Peggy SueIf you’ve run Disney before you’ve probably seen her. She was a fixture on the courses in her motorized scooter with a motivational sign. I ran Disneyland half marathon in 2013 four short weeks after losing my twins and being in the hospital with sepsis . I got the OK to run but I knew it would be rough seeing I hadn’t run in a long time. What made things worse was the heat. It was in the 80’s and humid so humid. I had heard about Peggy Sue on the RunDisney pages and when I saw her with her “hello complete stranger, im proud of you too” sign I was thrilled. It was toward the end of the race and I didn’t know if I would make it, she gave me that push. What I didn’t know that year was that she was just diagnosed with cancer, what I didn’t know is that she has a condition that weakened her muscles. She came out anyway and cheered for people she didn’t know, race after race despite her difficulties. How inspiring is that?
health
The first couple weeks of January have been rough. My Lyme symptoms had been strengthening again: fatigue, headaches, brain fog etc. I think this was happening for a few reasons: we hadn’t gone out of town in some time (we usually have an overnight about once a month but hadn’t recently and something about the desert and this house makes me worse), I was out of my NUUN all day which had been helping with energy, I was out of local honey (helps with allergies and inflammation) and I think also it’s time to do more Lyme bug killing. Also I’ve had a couple colds/bugs. People just don’t cover coughs for the most part around here…when we were in Arizona that wasn’t the case….I am feeling overall better after our run in Arizona (race recap will be up this week).
docs
I had a consult with the seizure neuro not long ago. He wasn’t 100 percent convinced that what I’m experiencing are seizures but he did take me seriously in regards to Lyme. He grew up and spent a lot of his life in Maine so because of my history with Lyme is ordering an EEG and MRI and even said we could do it without contrast. I’m nearing the end of my 30 day event monitor for my tachycardia at night. The office forgot to order it so we’re about two weeks behind schedule on that. Up next Lyme doc on Feb 5, cardio follow up Feb 13, and will be scheduling a neuro soon as well.
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I’ve mentioned in my resolutions that I was going to look into learning more about oils. I’ve teamed up with EchoChic to do just that. I’ll have a weekly feature coming up soon. We had a good time in Arizona. Too bad we couldn’t stay because our team is super bowl bound. I’d love some tickets.
Whatever battle you’re fighting keep fighting and tell someone you love them(even if they’re furry). Continue reading

How Great is our God in Sin City, AKA RNR Vegas 2014

The irony that this was the first song on shuffle of my phone was not lost on me, but more on that in a minute. I’ve been meaning to write this up for ages, but hey at least it’s still 2014….
Memory Lane
We ran this race last year: I did the half marathon, my husband the full. I had my mom, step-father and grandmother come watch and help with our wee one. I had finally gotten to a point where I felt comfortable running 8/8:30 for my 5k, 8:45/50 ish for my 10k but the half marathon distance I struggled, I’d generally lose my gas around mile 11. In retrospect the endurance piece was probably those lyme buggers bringing me down. I had just felt a pre-cold coming on the day of the expo, no surprise but decided to stop by the b12 shot booth and that made me feel amazing! To sum up, I took pics with my running elivis’, ran a 2:18, smiling ear to ear, saw my family near the finish to high five, and then partied until dawn (ok so like 2 BUT late for us). I came away with it just being pure fun. Shiny silly fun. So when my lyme diagnosis came I was bummed that I couldn’t do this again….but then they added a 5k so I signed up, with the insurance of course.
The theme of weekend appeared to be ahh we’re late. In part, I think because of them adding the 5k this year which made it possible for bling junkies to do a race on Saturday and Sunday and get an extra medal. So lines abound for everything. I had just gotten over a cold that turned into a sinus infection and honestly I wasn’t even sure I was participating period. We made it to the expo about 10 minutes after packet pick up was supposed to end, but it was still going. Stopped at the NUUN booth and grabbed some of their usual expo special (2 tubes of NUUN with a water bottle for 20) and hopped back in a taxi line to head to SLS on the other side of the strip for my start. We has just made it there at 6 on the dot. I had take my temp, all the stress of running to make it on time through me into a little flare and I right at 100. Couldn’t get it lower….so I put my sweats on and threw a frown on. My aunt (who was running the 1/2 of the half) and husband (who was running the full) convinced to to at least start.
So I did, at the very back of the pack. With water bottle in hand I joined my fellow runners, said a quick prayer to make it through and to ask if I was making the write descion. The start was under a glowing archway. And we were off. The camaraderie was evident from the word go as people encouraged each other and just had fun, And after we run under the tunnel of lights I turned my music on in one ear and then the Chris Tomlinson song came on: I had made the right choice. I took it slow, ran when I felt able.
The course
It wasn’t entirely a closed course but a portion of the road roped off. I didn’t mind, it was nice getting high fived by people out of the town, or cheered on my folks who had been clearly enjoying all that Vegas had to offer. We passed the Riveria, and Circus Circus and finished at SLS parking lot through an archway of twinkly Christmas lights. For the last .10, I let myself just run, like I used to, freely. There was a concert after but we didn’t stay long, we had dropped off my son with my step dad and ran off and plus it was time to leave. My favorite part of the night was walking on the archway to get the monorail and hundreds of running a ran to the sides that overlooked the road, the last runners were on the course. One lady in a tutu, arms raised in victory and the women in front of her beasting it with a prosthetic leg. You would think it was Tweens cheering for One direction the way people were cheering. That’s it, Lyme disease would not take me from this community.
The next day I was in full on spectator mode. The run/walk had made me feel fantastic and gave me a lot of energy. My stepfather, son and I joined my aunt at her start. Again late so we didn’t have time for the concert. (Macklemore) it wasn’t Snoop like originally planned so I didn’t mind too much. But what I didn’t like was that the moved the stage to right where the runners spilled into the start area last year off of street (across from Mandalay bay-ish area). So we has to walk an extra block or two to get to her start. Very ineffectiant. I literally ran with her to the corrals we pulled over, I grabbed her gear and she just, I mean just made it. We got to see her run by about a mile in. Our plan was to take public transportation to see her finish…but after walking ALLL over the strip we realized it wasn’t feasible without a cab. I guess “old Vegas” just as accessible and we had a two year old in tow so cabs were out. It’s a bummer for those runners because crowd support is great for this weekend and they don’t get their lion’s share. They did however have a shuttle provided for them to get to near the half/full finish so we met our runner there.
After celebrating her success and quickly changing at the hotel. It was unseasonably cold and a bit windy. We headed over to the marathon finish and cheered runners, high fived and waiting for my husband to cross. It was cold…I know I said that but man. Unfortunately he had a slower run than normal so we were Popsicles when he crossed but I’m still proud!
Runner perks This year they gave you little bracelets to wear to access your discounts. We took advantage of the High Roller at the Link. It’s this huge Ferris Wheel you can sightsee the strip about 300 feet or so in the air. They have a bar so you can bring one on your little orb. It was really neat to see the Bellagio fountains going off from the sky. I would highly recommend it.
So over grade A-. There’s room for improvement, especially in organization area. I think when you increase the field of runners things get naturally a skewed. Also move the stage back to where it was… But overall Vegas is just fun. A big playground for adults and that’s the vibe I get from this race weekend. So go and have a blast, maybe even PR while you’re doing it. It’s a nice place to do it.
What I really got here was that I can still run, as long as I take it easy. And I really reap the benefits for at least a week following in energy, muscle ton, a little mental clarity. See you on the road….

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Treading water isn’t that bad, aka Happenings 12/17

Where to begin? It’s been a busy month or so. We went to the Rock N roll Vegas race weekend. I should have that recap up soon. I actually sat down one day to write it and then my two year old commandeered my IPad. That cold I picked up from gymnastics turned into a sinus infection, but I was no longer contagious so I went for it. I was so glad I did because I felt better the next day. I forget sometimes how great a little run can be/act as a natural antibiotic. I took a bit of med-cation there. Had a glass of wine, a bite of a soft pretzel. Oh behave! It was, as always amazing to see family. More on our adventures in the recap.
I had started drinking NUUN all day. I discovered NUUN regular formula while training for half marathons as an electrolyte replacement. The all day formula has a ton of vitamins and minerals so I thought why not? I’ve noticed an increase in energy since drinking these. And as a bonus I discovered today that I’ve been selected as a NUUN ambassador for 2015.
My headaches haven’t been quite as frequent. I did have another evening episode the week of Thanksgiving, some migraines the week of my cycle but overall less. I still have my neuro follow up the beginning of next month.

I decided to run the local trail turkey trot on Thanksgiving. I took my hound who I normally do not run with at races. She was always a bit crazy in public. She surprised us all and was a model canine citizen.

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Next up was my LLMD appointment in San Diego. Not too much to report. We talked about adding an herbal remedy for a possible babesia (co-infection) by that jack hole tick that brought the lyme but decided to hold off because of those herxes I mentioned in the last happenings post. So we were to increase the Pekana detox drops. I had gotten out to 7 drops twice a day when I began having some heart racing issues again at night. So now were backing off that too. I had to see the cardiologist about that and he wanted a 30 day holter monitor (event monitor) to see what’s up. The Lyme doc is pretty sure it’s lyme related and I’m inclined to believe him. Alas like most doctors offices near here (well near as in 2 hours or under) somehow there was a delay in getting my monitor….
I also had a follow up phone consult with my naturopath. She suggested broccoli seed extract pills to add to the protocol for detox. I’ll start that soon hopefully. She also wants to treat babesia but with artmesian (sp). She mentioned that with my current protocol I’m essentially treading water and won’t really make significant progress until I can tackle the last form of Lyme and possible co-infections. I think I’m a bartonella candidate too but we’ll see. Treading water is better than drowning though and like everyone says lyme treatment is a marathon not a sprint. Oh the irony because all I want to do is sprint to the finish and then run an actual marathon. I’m learning patience though and truly listening to my body.

I had my brother in for a visit and we went on a hike and visited a feline conservation center. Thanks for the help/company Bill!
We had a fun Christmas weekend this past we did a local jingle jog we’ve done the past three years. My sweet tights from red dress boutique helped me win the costume contest. I also ran with my little Winnie again, she’s finally turned a corner at age 4! We rested, I detox bathed and then we were off to see the Christmas light display at the CALM zoo. Seeing the holidays through child’s eyes is just so magical and I’m so grateful I was able to be there. Unfortunately there were lots of very sick people out and about that couldn’t manage to cover their coughs. It just baffles me. Maybe it’s from years of working in schools where we learn to be courteous and hygienic but man…..oh man. So you guessed it, sore throat and sniffles here. I’m not going to let that ruin my Christmas spirit though. I hope everyone has a happy Christmas and healthy new year. Please reach out to just one person you think could use a smile.

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Happenings…

So what have I been up to aside from lamenting that I’m not running Ragnar in Napa Valley this weekend? (And a lament for sure because not only had I planned I was the team captain and anyone who’s been in this roll knows the headache that in the end is worth it with the reward…)sigh Atleast this means it’s over with on the positive side…
Health
Well I added in cedfnir (the generic Omncef). I’m pretty sure this caused what I believed now to be a herx. (Well that with my herbals) I was literally down for the count with what felt like the flu: fever over 100, chills and bone pain. Luckily my husband had that Friday off to help with Ry. I rolled right into days of a migraine. So literally I layed on the couch. I am lucky that he also has made my spreadsheets of meds, cooks my crazy diet up and entertains our boy. Thankfully I’m doing a little better the past couple days.
Testing
During my couch bound time I took my grey scale test that was done online. Basically you try and distinguish which way the grey shapes are facing. Fail and it means you’ve been exposed to neurotoxins from mold and/or Lyme. I failed of course. I have my MSH (measures mold exposure) and my cd57 (immune system test over the weekend).
More results
As I mentioned a couple posts ago my cardiologist was going to send a letter detailing my questions since we couldn’t understand him. It really doesn’t give me much more confidence in him… He mentions I have 1.palpitations most likely due to sinus arrhythmia (although in a paragraph later says none which picked up the holter moniter) 2. Short PR interval (doesn’t detail at all what this is but from research it doesn’t look serious) 3. The tricuspid regurgitation I mentioned before. So…yeah I knew about the arrithmyia (sinus is the most common and benign. Last summer after the miscarriage the cardio informed me if that and said its normal for active people… So new guys recommendation is: “jog until you lightly perspire and continue at that pace” . Um….we live in the DESERT I lightly perspire…no drench like I walked out of a bikram class walking to my car. His target hr is 150.,.. Which took me about 10 minutes on a crazy incline on my stress test to get to. He says ill “be able to do more soon, but not at this time. Huh?? No explanation. Needless to say I don’t have much confidence in this guy. My logical mind says: all of these things are quite normal you are fine….BUT my worry wort self is like oh no…
Plans
Exercise lately
I started off the month with a yoga challenge on Instagram but after the herx and migraine couldn’t keep up. But the last couple days I’ve done some push ups, squats and even walked today. I hope to get to a yoga class in the next couple days.
What’s my Ry been up to.
A lot of Daddy time and playing with his dog. He had us in hysterics yesterday drinking out of the dog bowl. He has such a love for animals that makes me proud. He was trying to teach Chester to jump through a hula hoop ala me with my dog when I was little…The bond he shares with our lab is heartwarming. It still stings when I see events posted he wasn’t invited to (the curse of Facebook huh). Luckily I’ve had a couple decent days and we have had a Starbucks date and did several arts and crafts projects with a fall theme. (wishful thinking??? It was still 100+ yesterday). Also ordered him some high quality vitamins from USANA. Got to keep him healthy, especially now.
Plans
Well I’m officially registered for the 5k at the rock n roll weekend in November. I was so thankful they added this. The half last year was my PR. We had a blast. So even though it’s not the half I’ll still hopefully be able to participate in the weekend. They also have insurance this time too, so if I’m not up to it I can get my money back. Win. My husband is running the marathon. My aunt is in for half of the half. Not sure if she realizes this means it’s slightly more than a 10k;). Now to figure out how we can watch Snoop dog pre race without scarring our two year old for life…. We also signed up for the OC walk to remember. This event honors and celebrate the lives of babies lost. We walk to take the steps they never will. The event was beautiful last year. Never did I think I would be adding another angel to celebrate. They added a run this year as well, but I haven’t run in about a month so I plan on easing back into it, my husband will be running though. Oct 4th will be a special day. Before all that of course we have a follow up with my LLMD at the end of the month. So that’s it for now. It feels good be out of horizontal ville for now.

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