Sunday, May 30, 2010

Running for the Hell of it

Happy Memorial Day weekend. This is the perfect time to honor or thank those who have served or are serving our country. It's also a great weekend for running! My longer weekend runs have been starting off a bit earlier (8am-ish) to beat the sun and heat exposure. I've also started using the handheld water carrier I bought nearly six months ago (but never used) to hydrate. It feels a little awkward at first, but 15 minutes into it, I forget I'm carrying it. I've been taking my runs with a little less intensity also for two reasons. First, I've met my original goal of losing 50 pounds (I will most definitely dedicate a post once I take some 'after' pics). Second, I may have an stomach ulcer! Kind of a good reason to take it easy, right? I started having stomach burning and cramping the week after the half marathon. Over the counter Prilosec helped, so I figured I better let a doctor formally diagnose me rather than continuing to take medicine that may not be appropriate. I'll have and EGD (or an Esophagogastroduodenoscopy to be fancy) this week, and should know the results right away. Then hopefully I can feel comfortable pushing myself again to drop another 10 pounds : ) Have a great weekend and happy running!

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