Random Update Time and Family Pics

Random Update Time and Family Pics

Health Issues:

Two weeks ago on Friday I went for a hot 10 mile run with one of my best running buddies.  Even though I had put on Vaseline in all my usual preventive areas I still chafed pretty bad under my sports bra.  I didn’t think much of it until later that night when I realized how bad it really was.  By the next day it was looking awful and I was in a lot of pain and discomfort.  The area was actually leaking a blister-like fluid.  I kept it bandaged for days and used what I thought was just the generic version of Neosporin- Triple Antibiotic Ointment.  The entire time we were in California I kept it bandaged.  Running was extremely challenging.  The wound did not seem to be getting better.  In fact, a rash was developing down my stomach and arms and the chafing area looked more like a second degree burn. 

When we got home from California it was time to see my doctor.  Up until then I had been trying to convince myself that maybe it was all getting better but the reality was that it was not and the pain was too much.  I’m SO glad I finally went to the doctor.  Apparently I’d had an allergic reaction to the triple antibiotic.  It is NOT the same as Neosporin and my doctor said that 10-15% of people are actually allergic to Triple Antibiotic.  Did not know this.  I had also developed some type of yeast infection just below my sports bra line and upper stomach area.  My doctor thought it could possibly turn into a staph infection so he prescribed two different antibiotics and a topical cream.  It’s been four days since my doctors appointment and my skin is clearing up so well!! The pain is gone and I actually go hours without thinking about it.  I am so thankful for good doctors and good medicine!

I recently ordered some Mission Athletecare 5 Hour Anti-Chafe cream and Anti-Chafe stick which is supposed to be some of the best stuff on the market to prevent chafing.  I do NOT want to get into this situation again! I’ll let you know how it works…

In other random news, my youngest broke out into a horrible rash all over his body yesterday.  I took him to the Urgent Care Clinic in town.  I was worried he somehow caught a yeast or staph infection.  He had been running fever.  It turns out that he has strep throat and a rash can be one of the side effects.  I decided to get my other son tested as well because he had run a fever and complained about a sore throat.  He also tested positive for strep throat.  They are on antibiotics now and should not be contagious within 24 hours.  The girls seem fine- so far.  Hopefully no one else will get strep!

Running Stuff:
On Friday I bought my plane ticket for my NYC Trip in November.  I know it’s months away but I’m really looking forward to my next marathon adventure.  I’m especially excited that my sister is doing it too. Fifteen weeks from now I’ll be running in the big apple!  I’ve got a lot of training to do to be ready!

Speaking of training… Yesterday I had another marathon session.  Oh man.  Those things are challenging.  I had a 3 mile warm-up and then my schedule called for 7 miles at a 7:02 pace, followed by a 1 mile cool-down.  Once again, I decided that running on a treadmill was my best option.  It is so hot and humid here.  I just don’t see another way.  I actually averaged a 6:57 for the 7 miles but I did stop halfway through for about 30 seconds to drink some water.  I wasn’t sure if I could drink and run on the treadmill going that pace without spilling it all over the machine. I wanted to stop again but kept telling myself to wait until mile 6.  Once I got to mile 6 I knew I could just do one more mile and then I’d be done.

This week my quality sessions include mile repeats and 200’s.  I ran 41 miles last week so this week I will hit around 45.  I know that doesn’t sound like a lot for marathon training but I am trying to build up slowly and safely.  My current schedule does not go higher than around 65 miles a week.

Family Pics:
While we were in California, John’s cousins wife took some family pictures for us.  Here are a few of them…

All 6 of us…
My love- married 11 years now
Abigail- 8
Anthony- 6
Anna- 4
Ashton- 18 months old
My babies

15 thoughts on “Random Update Time and Family Pics

  1. happy you’re feeling better! 🙂

    the pics turned out so great! I esp. loved how you all spelled out “family!” soo neat!! I hope you frame that one.

    you’re doing so great w/NYC training so far. I know that you have the determination, will, fire & desire to push through this training cycle! have a great day!! 🙂

  2. I’m so glad you were proactive with your kids and the strep–that can be so nasty! And who knew that chafing could cause so many problems? I’m glad that’s under control, too. Now hopefully you can have pain-free, illness-free time.

    And this heat! Man!

  3. Who’d have ever thought that a bit of chaffing could have become so serious. I’m glad you’ve got a good treatment for it and are recovering well.

    I love the pictures of your family. Those kids of yours are adorable.

  4. Hi!
    I’ve been reading your blog for a bit and really enjoy it, I don’t know that I’ve ever commented though:) I’m also doing NYC marathon and am so excited! It seems so far away but those 15 weeks will fly by and it will be here before you know it. Good luck with your training and stay healthy!:)

    1. Hi Katie! Yay for NYC! I’m going to have to start following your training too. I know, in some ways I know it will fly by. I just have so much training to do to get ready. Do you feel the same way? Maybe it was all the time off I took this summer with cross training… Hopefully I’ll be ready in November! Thanks for your comment. 🙂

  5. Adorable pictures! So glad you’re knee is better and you’re back to getting in some quality runs. But wow, that chafing/ infection issue sounds miserable. Thank goodness for medicine to quickly get it under control!

  6. I love the pictures of your family. They are beautiful! Your kids are so cute 🙂 That info you posted about chaffing was helpful to me. I too have had problems with it this year in the same place as you. I think it’s the sweat combined with the fact that I pour water on myself during summer runs. I never knew you could get a yeast infection there, but it makes sense. All of that moisture. Hopefully yours is better. I started using a Cortizone cream on mine to take away the burning (since it is a sore-like wound), and it has helped the healing tremendously.

    1. Thanks Katie! I NEVER had chafing issues until after having kids. Ughhh. Very annoying! Prevention is the biggest thing for me. Never thought it would get this bad! I may try the cortizone cream next time.

  7. okay, me neither!!! What is the difference from before and after? Just changes in our shape in that region? Call me dumb, but I don’t feel like that would cause chaffing…am I missing something?

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