Thursday, May 31, 2007

I am gaining....weight!

So it has been a few days after my Dallas trip. I did walk on Sunday with my wife (3.6 miles), run on Monday (7.2), run on Tuesday (2.5), and run on Wednesday (~3.5). My legs were very heavy on Tues and Wed due to inconsistency. I hope to run again this evening after work. Of course, I am on another trip. Atlanta yesterday and Wash DC today and tomorrow. I am trying hard to keep running and minimize eating. Both are very hard to do.

I noted a few days ago that I have gained weight. A few pounds sure makes a difference when running. I don't have a defined plan right now for running a late year marathon. But I plan on mapping one out soon which will help keep me focused.

Regarding my flutter. I have had very few episodes over the last week and a half. Just a few short blips. However, a little too much wine on Saturday resulted in a case of flutter that evening and during the night. So I cannot go a drink too much alcohol otherwise I will flutter. I had a couple of beers last night with dinner and had a short burst of flutter. Then it went away.

I quit taking the blood thinner medicine because I feel it is more risky to be on it with minimal flutter. If I start having more sustained episodes, I will resume the medication. I will start my aspirin once a day when I return home tomorrow.

Not sure what to do about seeing another cardio. Once I get a little down time from traveling, I will try and see another one just to follow up.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

On the Road really

I sit here in lovely Dallas, TX for another stinkin' meeting. I did manage to get some things done this past weekend. First, I attended a men's retreat with my church group. Had a great time. Sunday I had Navy reserves. Not such a great time. I had to do the semi-annual PRT (run 1.5 miles, pushups and situps). Monday was work and a 6 mile run. Fortunately, my neighbor Jim ran with me and kept me at a reasonable pace.

Oh, I turned 45 on Saturday and my wife and kids threw me a nice little b'day party. Thanks to them for making it special!

I have been doing pretty good on the fluttering. Really have not had a serious episode of sorts since at least last Thursday. There were several moments over the past few days where I thought I was going to start a flutterin'. But nothing really happened. Now I did have a short bout right after dinner tonight. But it was short <15 min and I am not fluttering as I type. Still seriously contemplating going to another cardio doc.

While I don't have a game plan other than get out and run. I am sorta planning to try a marathon in late fall. I will have to see how this flutter business plays out and my traveling. I will be on the road quite a bit over the summer so I need to watch my intake and be disciplined in my exercise. I did note that over the past 3-4 weeks I have put on about 8 pounds. Whoa! Now I need to get control of my intake or really up my exercise which has been somewhat less than desired.

Keep me honest folks...I need your help!

Friday, May 18, 2007

Where Have I Been?

Been on the road...traveling with work and working too much. Things are going ok. Still have occasional flutter. Nothing too sustained, but it is still there. A couple of weeks ago, I was on a three day trip and drank a beer or glass of wine each night. Each day afterward I had stop and go flutter. I have not had another alcoholic beverage since then.

Traveled to Texas for a meeting, went to see mi madre for Mother's Day.

I have been running a little more. Trying to get in a few miles each day (4-5 days per week). I did do a Ride of Silence this past Wednesday. It was only 8 miles at 12 mph. My butt did ache slightly along with my arms...out of the saddle way too long.

My goal is to start training for a marathon and run one in early winter, Nov-Dec timeframe. Hopefully this heart issue will allow me to train for it.

I am also going to see another cardiologist. I am not really satisfied with the one I have.

I have a busy summer ahead. Lots of travel for work and a vacation or two in the mix.

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

On the Road

Traveling today for a 2.5 day meeting in Knoxville. No flutter, no running, good dinner, life is good. I really need to cut back on the eating. I have gained 4 pounds over the last week and a half. Too many calories and too few runs/rides.

I actually feel pretty good. So I think I will leave it at that!