2016 has been my year of running! I completed 1 10k, 1 15k, 3 half marathons, 1 full marathon and hours upon hours of training.
I really wish I could sit here right now and give you all a fun exciting update on what’s next for me and tell you all my race plans for 2017. However, as I hinted last week I’ve been dealing with some health concerns that unfortunately are preventing me from running more than a few miles.
Before I write any more…guys out there (if there is any) you should probably stop reading because you won’t relate to any of this!
I wasn’t planning on sharing any of this on my blog but the more I thought about it the more I realized how important it is as a blogger to not just share the highs that running brings but also some of the lows. I’ve brought you all along on my running journey this past year so you all deserve to know whats up.
What’s going on:
To make a very long story short… since my marathon in June I have not had a period (no, I’m not pregnant). I ignored this for a couple months justifying it by figuring I had just put my body through hell running 26.2 miles then started half marathon training right after.
Well months went by and I kind of fell into this mindset that ignorance is bliss right? I didn’t want to go to the doctor and learn I had cancer or a thyroid issue or something…okay I’m being dramatic…but still stuff like that goes through your head. I convinced myself that I was fine and this wasn’t something to worry about.
It wasn’t until 3 weeks ago I made an appointment to go get my body checked out. I was feeling like crap in my workouts and just knew it was time to figure out what was going on with my body. After speaking with my doctor and telling her all the details that went into my marathon training she immediately stated that I needed to SLOW THE F DOWN!
She explained how when females overexercise they can lose their period which can lead to infertility, higher risks of developing cancer, osteoporosis…etc. NO THANKS!
To rule out more serious problems such as thyroid issues, PCOS, anemia…etc she conducted a full blood panel on me and did a comprehensive hormone test.
THANK GOD everything has come back normal so far!
Since my test results all show that I’m healthy she went ahead and put me on a high dose of progesterone pills to jump start my body into have a regular monthly period again. Let me just say these progesterone are the worst! They make me feel so dizzy/ lightheaded/kind of drunk- not ideal!
While all this testing is going on my doctor recommended to keep exercise to a minimum. I’m running only 1-2 times a week (VERY short distances) and mixing in some yoga to keep me sane!
I took my last progesterone pill Sunday and am waiting to see if it triggers anything to happen in my body. Here’s hoping! If it does not trigger a period I have to go in for additional testing so keep your fingers crossed for me.
While this has been a pretty crazy experience I know getting my body back into balance is going to be so worth it. I’m determined to use this time to allow my body to rest and recover then come back stronger than ever!
At the summit of Vulcan Mountain this weekend!
My Running Future:
You better believe the second I get the green light to train again I’ll start running the next day. My body just craves exercise–what can I say?
For 2017 I have a few races tentatively planned:
- Hot Chocolate 15k in March (San Diego)
- La Jolla Half Marathon in April (San Diego)
- Lululemon Seawheeze Half Marathon in August if I can register- it apparently sells out in 20 mins (Vancouver)
I’d also love to work on speed and breaking my current half marathon PR which is 1:54:23. I really think I could do that on a course like the Rock ‘N’ Roll San Diego Half in June where there’s a nice downhill at the end but we’ll see!
All these races are pretty far into the future so here’s hoping I’ll have all this health stuff figured out by then!
What’s a runner to do when they can’t really run?
Well last weekend running was replaced with walking and hiking which I was 100% okay with.
On Saturday Bryce and I headed up to the San Diego Zoo’s Safari park where we walked about 3 miles while sipping on some beers, enjoying the animals AND getting a little cardio in. #Multitasking
The next day my mom, dad, Bryce and I headed up to Volcan Mountain in Julian for a 6 mile hike to the mountain summit followed by more beers haha!
I’m loving having extra time to go do things and figure with the holidays coming up not stressing about fitting runs in/ forcing workouts may be for the best…everything happens for a reason right?
Gorgeous views at the Safari Park!
Relax people…it’s a fake giraffe haha!
Taking the day off of running for some hiking at Volcan Mountain!
Freezing our asses off at the top + having a little beer break!
Had to end the day with a trip to Nickel Brewery in Julian! YUM!
I’d love to know if you’ve ever struggled with hormone issues during/ after training for a race. Please email me if you have I’d love to chat! firstname.lastname@example.org
Any races planned for 2017?
Any tips for registering for Seawheeze? It’s stressing me out haha!