Hello, hello! Hope you are having a good week so far!
I received some questions/feedback on InsideTracker, so I wanted to discuss a couple of things here.
First, I had mentioned that I went to my wellness doctor/nurse (I call her “doctor” but she’s a certified nurse) prior to getting my bloodwork done with InsideTracker. She’s a close family friend who delivered my godson and has a great practice on Staten Island. I visited her the day after Boston because I felt like something was off – I didn’t know if it was nutrition or something else. I didn’t openly talk about it, but the morning of Boston while I was in Athlete’s Village, I started bleeding. This was pretty concerning to me because my period is extremely regular. I get my period every 28 days. I was 11 days early so it made no sense. Jess and I went to the medical tent and I spoke to the doctor – without going to the hospital for tests, there was really no way to tell what it could be. She said it was likely one of three things: an irregular period, pregnancy or a miscarriage – none of which would be affected by my running that morning.
So, obviously going to the doctor was the first thing I did. I wanted to sit with an expert and go over what I had been feeling and experiencing. She sent me for a TON of bloodwork – over $2,500 worth (per my insurance claim).
After I got the results, I went back to see her and I mentioned InsideTracker. She thought it would be a great idea to get tested through them as well. I was now about 2 weeks removed from the race – so some of my levels may have returned to their “normal” ranges (for example: during the initial bloodwork, my liver enzymes were elevated – but it was likely due to the stress of the marathon the day prior).
The day I received my results from InsideTracker, I texted her my login information so she could take a look and provide feedback. I have since sat down with her again to go over the results and a way ahead from a holistic point of view. InsideTracker is an amazing way to get tested for the biomarkers that affect runners – as I mentioned in my first post two weeks ago, they do not test for diseases or things along those lines. But, I do think it’s a good idea to take those results and sit down with someone that is certified.
So a running update: After weeks of crappy running, I am starting to be a bit more consistent. Nothing too long or intense yet, but getting into routine of running (or cross training) most mornings. I am LOVING not marathon training right now. I know I needed a break and my body and mind are happy as can be right now that I don’t have long runs or long workouts on the schedule. I resisted the urge to immediately sign up for a fall race after Boston. I’m going to wait a bit and see how I feel and how the start of the summer goes and then will make a decision on whether or not I will run one.
However, I am NOT LOVING the races I have backed out of. I was very pumped about running some shorter races post-Boston and getting some new PRs. I know I could have run the Newport 10k and run a PR (my PR is 43:xx and I ran 41:2x in the middle of the NYC Half), but I was concerned that it would push me right back into the red and that I would be starting from the ground up. I was really bummed that I had to back out of the Brooklyn Half because I was supposed to guide my good friend, John. But he’s a speedy run (he finished in 1:38) and I wasn’t sure if my body was up to running a half that fast.
I have so many blog posts in my mind that I want to get out, but work has been just nuts. There have been more days than I can count where I was sitting down by 7:45 and left well past 6:30/7pm. I am still LOVING the work but the commute is kicking my butt right now. I don’t know why, but lately, I’ve hit traffic both ways – some days it’s been close to 4+ hours of commuting (round trip). The reality is that this commute is not sustainable in the long run – at least not if I want to spend time with my family and try to run a bit. So a different job within the company (or at least one with a work from home option) or even a different company will eventually be very much on the table.
I am LOVING the early morning sunrises. I know I will eat my words in a month or two when the heat of the day hits me at 5am, but right now, I am enjoying the non-headlamp, bright runs. I am not missing the cold, dark mornings at all.
My husband and I made a concerted effort to cut back on the amount of screen time of our boys about a year or so ago. We see a huge change in the boys (oldest son, especially) when he watches too much TV or does too much with phones/iPad/etc. They still watch a show here or there but it’s often less than an hour a day. The weekends or Friday night are a bit more – we usually have family movie night with popcorn and other goodies at least one night over the weekend. We had introduced “Go Fish” and a couple other beginner games to the boys about a year ago and they loved it, so Christmas was very game-centric: Monopoly (for kids), Uno, Connect 4, CandyLand, Zingo among others. We also recently introduced Chess. I am LOVING that these games make them even more self-sufficient. My husband and I will be in the kitchen or upstairs cleaning, folding laundry, etc and we can hear their little voices as they are playing against/with one another.
I am anxiously counting down the days until we head to Alaska for 2 weeks. It will be the first extended period of time I’ve been off work since I started in October. I am LOVING that there is only 28 days to go!