I did see the doctor last week for the fatigue I've been dealing with. He ordered fasted blood tests (thyroid, iron, vitamin D, adrenals, celiac panels, B 12, etc) and a pulmonary function test. The fasted blood tests are done, and now I'm just waiting on my appointment for the pulmonary tests. He also put me on a steroid inhaler (Qvar) in hopes that will help open up my lungs more, and to see if that helps lessen the fatigue.
The last time I ran was Saturday morning with the Rehab United group. The plan was a 40 minute, time on your feet run. Most of the people who showed up ran about my pace or under, which is unheard of. Last year I was the slow-poke of the group since most everyone's slow pace was an 8 minute mile. (Yeah, yeah, speed is all relative, but when you're shooting for an 10 or 11 minute mile for a long run, there's a lot of waiting around involved on their parts.) Our fearless leader, Justin, and his girl friend were the speedy ones -- probably in the mid 7s, low 8s. I held an average 9:30 m/m for the 4.4 miles I ran, but I just couldn't push harder than that due to my ongoing issue with shin splints and fatigue. I should be able to hold around a 9 minute mile with ease. I was a little frustrated, but glad I was able to hold my own without going any slower. I was able to pace with my friend Renata, and I think having her just slightly ahead of me kept me from slowing. Renata and I came in ahead of the group, which was a novelty to me. I'm NEVER at the head of any running group when it comes to speed. (This year several people are opting out of the Las Vegas trip due to the expense, and a lot of those people were MUCH faster than me.) Everyone else came in just after us, so it's not like we were channeling our inner Kenyans - we were just pushing through as best as possible. As for my left shin, it was not too happy with me. I even wore compression socks, which helped tremendously, but still not a fix for my screaming shin.
I booked air fare and a room for the Las Vegas Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon. I was planning to register for the half marathon on line, but the processing fee is $11.00. That's just ridiculous. I thought I'd be able to use my $10.00 discount code, but that processing fee negates the discount. I'll sign up the old fashioned way, with pen and paper and no processing fee, AND a $10.00 discount through Rehab United.
Just in case, if you're planning to run Las Vegas, a lot of the hotel web sites say they're sold out for that Saturday. Call the toll free number and ask for group reservations. I was able to book a room at Luxor that way, even though the site said it was sold out.
My sister and her husband were in town last weekend. They are so happy to be back in California, and the job transfer has been smooth. They stayed in Coronado at the Glorietta Bay Inn and we were able to share dinner with them. We (sort of) celebrated my brother-in-law's birthday. Long story short ... BUT, He was constantly joking around with our server, so she brought out a huge slice of mud pie -- on the house. Hubs suggested a candle for the mud pie because it WAS (supposedly) my brother-in-law's birthday. Not really, his birthday was in July, but since there was a mud pie, it only seemed fitting that someone was sung to.
We were all laughing, not only because it wasn't his birthday, but because the people at the adjacent tables were singing, too. The server was a really good sport. PS: That's my sister on the right side.
I'm Gonna Love You Just a Little More - Barry White