Road to Comeback and Whole30

Today marks week 3 of my running #roadtocomeback….

2015 has been filled with highs and lows for me, especially in running and racing. On the high side, I was to the moon that I was able to run in this years’ Boston Marathon. My training over the winter was borderline. Due to many weekends of traveling with my daughter for her cheer competitions, winter weather that made running outside not fun at all, and, an injury/sickness or two that made me miss a long run or three.. I really didn’t know IF I could squeeze in enough training to run a marathon, let alone Boston Marathon. Nonetheless, I got my last big long run in, and I decided to give the race a go and I’m so glad I did. My time of 3:50:47 was no where near a PR, but, considering how cold and rainy it was t this years’ race, and my training (or lack of), I felt I ran a very “smart” race, and made sure I enjoyed every moment of it.

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After Boston, I decided to take a little break from running. However, what was intended to be a few weeks break, turned into a whole spring/summer of being scared out of my mind. Running would have to be put aside until I could get my health issues figured out.

I’ve had heart palpitations since my early 20’s. I am a Registered Nurse (although currently hold my license just not working in order to be home with my kids). The heart palpitations had really never bothered me too much, and I had gone for a full cardiac workup a couple of years ago. Even during marathon training, the palpitations would not be a problem until after my run was over. This past May, not only did I have palpitations, I had chest pain, and felt like I was going to faint. I of course ended up in the ER. Luckily, I was not having a heart attack. Because my potassium level was low, the ER doctor said that after I had potassium replacement, the palpitations/near fainting, etc. should go away and for me to just follow up with my cardiologist. Unfortunately, it wouldn’t be as easy as that……..

Finally, after another ER visit in early August for similar symptoms, as well as two visits to my cardiologist- I was diagnosed with Right Outflow Tract Ventricular Tachycardia (RVOT). Certain heart medications can be used, but are often not successful in controlling the palpitations (s well as the side effects can outweigh the benefits). I felt worse on the medication and only lasted 2 days on it. After getting to a point where I wondered If I was ever going to feel like myself again, or even be able to run (safely) and consistently again.. My cardiologist said he could do a heart ablation to basically zap/use radiofrequency to destroy the areas in my heart that were causing the abnormal beats.

In mid-August I underwent an Electrophysiology (EP) Study and Radiofrequency Heart Ablation. The procedure took a grueling 4 hours from start to finish, as well as an overnight hospital stay. I was awake for the whole thing, and, ended up having an allergic reaction to the first dose of IV pain medicine the nurse anesthetist gave me. Ugh!!! After the procedure was over, the cardiologist said that the area that had been giving me so much of a problem/palpitations was actually in the upper left side of my heart on the middle wall (septum). This is called LVOT, not RVOT as they originally thought. It was because of technology/heart 3D-mapping that they were able to determine exactly where to go to zap the spot causing me problems.

I had to take almost a full 2 weeks off of running/exercise after the ablation. Over the next few weeks after that, I ran a couple of times a week, and started doing strength training classes twice a week at the gym I belong to. By early October, I FINALLY felt ready to start consistently running again. That week I logged 18 miles, then 36 the next, and 36 this past week. Yesterday, I did an 11 mile run that had me feeling better than I have in I don’t know how long!!

Finger’s crossed, I hope that I will continue to feel better and better. I still have some palpitations, however, they are much less frequent, and are most likely related to mitral valve prolapse (I was diagnosed with that a few years ago). As long as I don’t have Β leaky valve, the doctors aren’t concerned about this condition.

Now that I am cleared to train gain, and have logged a couple of solid weeks of running… Time to talk about Whole30.

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Whole30 Day 1: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

So I decided to jump onboard the Whole30 bandwagon last week. Today is only day 6, and I’m already thinking maybe this wasn’t the best idea for me. However, I’m trying to add more fruit, and really keep a close eye on my daily calorie intake, etc.. My reason for doing Whole30 was really not to lose weight (my weight is fine), but to help get more vegetables and protein into my diet and cut out processed foods. There are days when I live on sugary processed foods.

So far, I have only met my daily calorie goal (2200 cal). This goal can go up to 2700+ cals on days I run 7+ miles. One day I was almost 1000 cals short. πŸ™ Not good. I also felt horrible as well! I’ve been trying to add raisins, and eat extra fruit for more cals, but, technically, because the idea of Whole30 is to stop yourself from grazing/snacking, I’m wondering is this really going to benefit me or end up hurting me over the next 3 weeks?!

I think I’m going to give it another day or two, then decide if I want to continue with some of the principles of it (cut out processed foods, lots of veggies, no dairy), and maybe go more of the paleo direction.

 

 

Have you done Whole30? Are you a runner and have been successful with Whole30? Please let me know. I would love to hear your comments. πŸ™‚

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  1. Man, I am sorry to hear about all the heart troubles you endured the past few months! I am glad to hear that things are better though! Health stuff can be a little scary at times!
    I hope you continue to improve!

    I did Whole30 last spring and I enjoyed it for the most part. I was also running a lot at the time so it was a bit of a challenge to get all my cals needed for the day. The last week or so I basically tweaked it so I was still eating lots of fresh produce and protein. Do what works for you! It was helpful to me as I found some habits I didn’t realize I had!

    Glad to have you in the blog hop πŸ™‚

    • Thanks for stopping by my blog! πŸ™‚ Well… Whole30 had to come to an end. Going to do a blog post on that. I was losing too much weight/not getting enough calories despite an extra meal/fruit. Going to go more of a Paleo/clean eating direction I think. This week I am scheduled to visit my cardiologist’s office for some testing. Hoping that goes well.