Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Wednesday Wrap-up

My work week is over! Yay! Of course I didn't finish everything I need to but I'm hoping that all comes together before I leave tomorrow. Yes, you read that right, I am leaving again! For a little girls weekend in the mile high city! I'm so excited!!! Now I just need to find the energy and desire to pack. The boys have this annual golf trip they plan in Colorado so I decided to use my miles on crappy american airlines to also fly to Denver to hang with my friend (the wifey) of the golf trip planner. I haven't been out there with just us girls so it will be a nice change. I know there will be a lot of cross training happening in the form of hiking, yoga, and pedicures with wine (yes this is cross training ;) ) but not sure how much running will be happening. My friend (a Boston qualifier!) never made it to the big event thanks to injuries and has been told recently to lay off the running. Maybe I can convince her to bike while I attempt to get a few miles done. I'll be playing that by ear. But since we are leaving Thursday it screws up training (yet again!). Oh well, when you travel as much as I do you need to be flexible!

Our flight is around noon and I knew there would be no way in hell I would wake up early enough to get 13 miles done (w/ 8 at marathon race pace). Thus the mid-long run happened tonight. I'm happy to report I made it through the 13 this week! There were moments of bliss and moments of not so much bliss but I got 'er done. I did not complete the 8 at race pace thanks to the heat, humidity, and blow you over wind happening but I did 6 around the race pace so I'm happy. I tried berry Zym and black cherry new shot bloks tonight (see a berry theme? I love me some cherries and berries). Zym is similar to Nuun but I have to say I enjoy the zym a little better. It may have been because of the flavor nuun I picked up a few weeks ago. It's my first experience so we'll see how it goes a couple more times out before I recommend. But for the first time I'm very happy. Not so happy with the black cherry shot bloks thanks to a weird after taste. I also decided to forgo the gatorade as my stomach has been a mess lately as well as experimenting with fueling with the bloks earlier and more often. I did much better tonight and no stomach issues mid or post run! Wahoo! I hope to get out there tomorrow morning before the flight for some recovery miles as I am a little (a lot) sore right now. Although the Goose Island Summertime is helping :)

Thursday is also a big day for Fred (aka dad). He has his first chemo treatment at the Cleveland Clinic. The first treatment will last around 8 hours and he needs to stay overnight. Apparently after the first chemo infusion the cancer cells get over excited and release a lot of uric acid into the blood; which he already has thanks to the blood cancer. That could lead to an all system failure if he's not receiving a constant saline drip, monitoring, and some other drugs so he needs stay overnight. Luckily it's just for the first treatment. Then fingers crossed there are only 4 more treatments after that. If cancer cells remain after the 5th treatment he needs 3 more. So he could be done by early October or late December.

Here's a couple of pictures from last weekend. We were all matchy patchy on Friday night. I called him before I left to see what he was wearing :)
The man loves his Coors Light what can I say?!?

16 comments:

The Laminator said...

Congrats on your 13! Have a fun trip! Glad to see your dad is doing okay.

You're right. High uric acid levels can lead to multi-organ failure but they are easy to clear after a bunch of IV fluids.

cami said...

Have a fun weekend. And best wishes to your dad --hope the chemo does its job and destroys all the cancer.

Mark said...

Great running! Have fun in Denver.
Sounds like a good plan for your Dad. Hope the chemo does its job.

D10 said...

First, I hope your dad's first chemo treatment goes as smoothly as possible. I'll keep him in my thoughts.

Have lots of fun this weekend!

Marlene said...

Girls weekend!!! Yay for traveling for FUN and now work for a change.

Nice run, too!

All the best to Dad.

kristen said...

I don't know how you do it. You have such a crazy life with all the traveling you do. I'm amazed at your drive.

So excited for your girls weekend. Take lots of pics for us.

Best wished for Dad. Fingers crossed, prayers, you name it I'm doing it!!

Mel-2nd Chances said...

Enjoy the trip, and will be thinking about your dad. Cancer sucks... so sorry you and your family are going through it.

carpeviam said...

Yay, Denver! How long will you be here and what do you plan to do (besides pedi's with wine!)?

My thoughts are with you and your family.

X-Country2 said...

The black cherry Shot Bloks are DISGUSTING. Stay far far away from those. Get yourself some raspberry ones. Much better.

Best wishes to your dad. He seems like a fantastic guy. :o)

Michelle said...

Awesome 13 miler girlie!!

Have fun in Denver. I agree pedi with wine is a definite cross training activity!!!

Good luck to your dad. He looks like a great guy!! Well he is a great guy!!!! :O)

MCM Mama said...

Have a fun weekend! Good job getting your 13 in!

Hope all goes well with your dad and that the minimum number of treatments do the job.

J said...

Hope you have a great trip! I love having a girls night or just hanging out with girls! Great job on the run too!

Jeri said...

I love that your training run, is my race distance. Hah. Such a B.A. Way to go getting it down though. You'll have to report back on how it is exercising in Colo. I'm doing the Wild West Relay and have been told it's like trying to breathe through a straw when you run. Um. No thanks. Have fun on the girls trip!! Also, your fam and father are in my prayers.

bill carter said...

Hi Jamie

I love Denver! My cousin who I grew up eating dirt with (really) lives out there and I go visit her every couple years. Not nearly enough in my book.

Take care of that busy life and hope your dad is OK.

kilax said...

Sorry that I am getting to this so late. I hope everything went well for your dad!

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