Thursday, May 9, 2019

Graves Disease...You will never run another marathon

My first 9 marathons were complete disasters including my one Ironman Triathlon in 1995.  The pattern was always the same, run hard the first 20-22 miles and then look like a character out of the Zombie Apocalypse the rest of the way.  I have now run two marathons in the first 5+ months since I returned to running.  Both were a much more enjoyable experience. (both in horrible weather conditions) I ran Hyannis in February on a lark to see if I could qualify for Boston doing essentially a training run.  I ran 3:21:55 feeling great until 22 miles and still being able to run, although much slower, the last 4 miles and qualify for Boston.  I ran the Newport Marathon in April and was able to hold onto 7:05 pace for the first 23 miles and then slow run the last 3 miles.  The slow end on this one may have been because I dropped a couple of 6:40 miles in at miles 17 and 18 after I had to pass a guy twice after I reached a turn around point only to see him a half mile ahead of me again after he cut the course.  Really not a smart thing to do but it really pissed me off at the time and I couldn't help myself.  I also do not have much of a base yet after taking so many years off from running.
This leads me to one of the reasons I stopped running.  In early 2012 I was diagnosed with Graves Disease, a Thyroid autoimmune disease.  Your Thyroid overproduces hormones and basically keeps your body running on high all the time, leaving you always fatigued.  This explained a lot as I was having trouble in 2010 and 2011 running.  My heart would frequently start racing and I would over heat and blow like a car with a radiator problem in longer races. I dropped out of New Bedford in 2011 after it happened and I didn't run another race for nearly 8 years. ( I did jog Boston 2011 with a friend) 
     After I was diagnosed, my doctor told me my marathon days were probably over. I spent a full year taking medication to stop the thyroid to no avail and in 2013 I had a radioactive iodine treatment to finally kill the thyroid.  I wouldn't recommend this treatment as it immediately gave me diverticulitis and other digestive problems, but once its done there is no going back. Next came a year or two of trying to dial in a replacement thyroid medication that I must take every day.  This can be a little tricky as I would find out because the radiation kills the thyroid over time and I still had a portion producing some hormones.
  What is once Hyper becomes Hypo.  Another side effect of the treatment is weight gain.  While my diet of Craft beer, ice cream and donuts is somewhat acceptable when running it quickly put 30lbs on me.  Along with that I really didn't have much of a drive to run anymore and life moves on. 
    So when a few friends from college started talking about running Boston together in 2020, I really did not think it would be possible for me.  It really seemed at the time to be a mountain too tall to climb anymore.  I decided to give it a go anyway because I really needed a stress outlet.  The Farm had a terrible 2018 with the bad weather coupled with a road project which shut down the Farm Stand for the bulk of the summer.  I also could stand to lose a few pounds. 
   The first month was really hard because everything hurt.  Knees, ankles, hamstring, but I kept at it and after my first 14 miler after Christmas, things really started to get easier and I really started to enjoy running again.  So after being told my marathon days were probable over, my goal is to run three in one year.  I am really excited to see what is possible for the first time in a long time.  I know I probably can't get back to even my 2010 shape anymore but I do think my lifetime marathon PR from 1995 of 2:56:45 is within range.  It really doesn't even matter if I do it or not, I just like running again!

Monday, March 25, 2019

Biggest week in 9 years!

Week ending March 24
Mon 6 mi, easy 8:25 pace, no soreness at all after New Bedford
Tues 10 mi 7:50 pace
Wed 7.6 mi  8:10 pace
Thur 7mi,  7:50 pace, right Achilles sore probably from carrying cinder blocks in the Green house
Fri  6mi, 8:00 pace easy, right Achilles still sore
Sat 5 mi, 8:25 easy in the wind, leg feels better
Sun 25.5,  Started at 8 min miles and built to the last 3 at 6:45 pace through 20 then eased up.  Ran 23 at  7:25 pace, really encouraging considering I couldn't go faster than 7minute miles at New Bedford last week.  2.5 real easy cool down
  Week = 67 miles,  Year = 572.5

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Hey this thing still works?

I was going to use Strava to post my weekly running but I haven't bought a Garmin yet as my old Casio is held together with gorilla tape but works fine.  I grew up on the Farm and we tend to keep things until they don't work anymore and then hold onto them for another 50 years just in case.  I started running again in November after my second long break from running, for various reasons.   I decided to try New Bedford as my first real race in 8 years, although  I did the Hyannis Marathon as a training run to get a Boston Qualifier in February.  I started near the back after I forgot how hard it is to get anywhere up front at this race unless you get to the starting line early.  My legs were really tight and I couldn't seem to push any faster than 7 minute miles the whole way.  I haven't really run anything faster than 7 minute pace yet so I guess I shouldn't  be worried that this is the new normal. I passed at least 30 people in the last mile so I had plenty of gas at the end.  I really forgot how much I love running and racing.  I hope I remember this the next time I get injured or the Farm starts kicking my ass.  I need to push though it to the other side because running is really important to me, and it makes the mundane parts of life easier.  
        Mon  7.8 mi, 59:11
      Tues    7.2 mi,  59:12
        Wed   9 mi, 1:09:33   1 hard mile in 6:18, 1 hard half mile in 2:55
      Thur    5.25 mi 41:55
       Fri    3.5  mi   27:20
       Sat    2.5 mi,  19:36
       Sun   17 mi,  3 mi warm up.  race  1:32:29  41st (50+) official results still not out. 1 mile w/d
Total week  52 miles     Year =505.5

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Week of Nov 21 - 27

Mon AM Pt with more Graston on left leg. PM 6.5 mi @ 7:45/mile  
Tues 6.2 mi JA loop 48:30
Wed  off

 Thur 7mi 8:00/mi
 Fri 10 mi real easy
 Sat 3.5 mi w/Cooper
  Sun 10.5 mi   8:00/mi  with a group                                                                                                                                                                                         Total 43.5 mi, biggest week since April and the left leg still feels good!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Return to running

After months of frustrating hip and hamstring pain, some simple excersises from my PT have freed up my leg enough to get back to running. And hopefully will fix some muscle imbalances I have been dealing with for 25 years!
M 3mi
Tue 6.2 JA loop 48:30
Wed off
Thur 8 mi 6mi @ 7:00/mi
fri 6.5 7:20/mi
Sat 3.5 easy
Sun 3.5 easy
Total 30.5 mi year=1050

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Training 3/21-3/27

Mon off, legs really tight and hurt
Tues 8 mi, most with cooper at 9 min pace, everything still hurts
wed off,
Thur 8 mi, felt a little better 7:30 pace
Fri 7.5 mi, 7:30 pace
Sat 8 mi, 3 with cooper then 7:20 pace with a couple strides
Sun 24 miles easy 8min pace with the group, about 7 miles of it with 2:11 Marathoner
Gary Siriano, pretty cool, hopefully he will catch up with us on our easy sunday runs. I love hearing stories from the 70's and 80's when we had dozens of fast Marathoners.

Total 55 miles year= 527

Legs felt better as the week went on, I hope I can do more this week.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Training 3/7 -3/20

Week ending March 13

Total 35.5 miles 5 days
Race celtic 5k 17:13 (40+pr)
year=432

Week ending March 20
Total 40 miles 4 days
DNF New Bedford 2nd in my life

As they say in my business "you reap what you sow"