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!
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.
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|
|Ashton- 18 months old|