We did it. We got ourselves to bootcamp last night and were all smiles before class:
I stole this from Megan’s Instagram story. She ended class with high knees and then down to our chest every time she said ‘down.’ My heart rate was soaring. There were plenty of squats, single leg squats, push-ups, burpees and everything else imaginable to ensure I will be sore for the rest of the week;)
Sure love her. Known each other since I was in the 5th grade!
Brooke gave me a sticker to wear for my workout and somehow it lasted the entire time.
Brooke hung out with my mom and dad for the 45 minute class and when I got back she really wanted to be held. Not the easiest thing to do when my arms feel like jello but I take any snuggles I can.
We had a late dinner after talking to my parents for a bit but it is always a good sign when this bowl comes out with a bunch of sweet potatoes!
Plus a salad (bless Andrew’s heart for still using the barbecue to make our chicken even though it is freezing).
Okay, just a few random things before we get to the topic for the day:
Brooke and Andrew looking up pictures of puppies. Their faces look like this for pretty much the entire time they do this together.
Her latest selfie face:
Knox is going for a new fashion statement below:
A random post run treadmill picture with the kids and Beretta.
Last week Andrew mentioned his hypertension on the blog and a few readers wrote to me that they are struggling with the same problem. Running is hard enough on it’s own and there are so many different runners out there struggling with some sort of disease or problem that can make running even harder. I’ll let Andrew tell you more about his situation and how it effects him but I just want any of you reading that also struggle in whatever way, you are incredible.
Below picture taken right before Andrew took Beretta on a run!
Hey everyone! Thanks for the comments last time around. It sure was nice to hear about some of the people who are going through the same thing or have people they are close to going through similar things. It was awesome to hear from a few nurses and NPs out there too.
I first wanted to hit on how I was diagnosed with hypertension then I will talk about a few other things. To start off, no one in my family has any history of hypertension, heart problems or anything specific to what I have so it has been a weird journey for me. I first knew something wasn’t right when I was 19. It started when I had routine physical as I was getting ready to go on a mormon mission. (I served an LDS Spanish-Speaking Mission in Cincinnati Ohio for two years) I was getting ready to leave my family and home for two years so they do checkups to make sure you are good to go. I don’t remember what my blood pressure numbers were but I remember my doctor and mom (who has her Doctorate in Nursing) were worried about it and wanted to make sure I took my blood pressure regularly from then on to ensure we got correct numbers. I was 19 and didn’t really pay too much attention to that. Fast forward a year and half. I was in a local supermarket that had a blood pressure cuff by the pharmacy and I went to check it. I remember the blood pressure was 168/80. I realized that as a 20 year old that wasn’t normal so I went to see a doctor who did some tests on me. Once again I didn’t realize how important it was to get on top of this. He told me that I had hypertension and said that I would have to take pills the rest of my life. I just remember being so mad about having to rely on meds the rest of my life. He prescribed Lisinopril which I started taking so my mom wouldn’t fly out to Cincinnati and beat me up. Right away I felt something different when I was exercising and it really bothered me. I don’t remember everything but I do remember it was hard to catch my breathe and I was dizzy. So I decided I wasn’t going to take meds anymore. I didn’t need them. Well I stopped taking my meds and finished my mission. When my mom found out about my meds she about killed me and then sent me to a doctor. I can’t remember what his specialization was but he took my blood pressure twice and told me that I had, “White Coat Syndrome,” or in other words I was just nervous and scared about doctors. Well I just laughed it off and went home. I was living with my parents when I got home from Cincinnati and getting ready to go to school at BYU in the next few weeks. Needless to say my mom was furious. To keep this story much shorter, because it is getting longer, I saw a few doctors and everyone had their own reasons of what I had or just said watch your salt intake. The level of care that I received wasn’t great and I lost my desire to even find out what was going on.
Well we finally got an internist that was very curious about my situation and ordered up almost every test he could to find out what was wrong with me. He diagnosed me with hypertension and an enlarged left ventricle. My resting heart rate seemed to be very high to me. My resting heart rate is around the 80s which the doctors told me was in the “normal” range and never really looked into it. I would think it would be lower with my exercise and habits. He couldn’t find a cause of why I had hypertension and especially why it was so high. Again this really made me mad because no one in my family had any of these issues. I was in the best shape and always exercising, doing triathlons and other races. So he prescribed Losartan Potassium 100mg which is an Angiotensin II receptor antagonist. Slowly my blood pressure started to go down but not fast enough. I was prescribed an additional Calcium Channel Blocker, a different drug that I don’t remember the name, and it made me feel absolutely horrible. I went from running sub 7 minute miles on a 10 miles run to not even able to run more than 3 miles. I stopped taking that drug and only focused on taking my Losartan and making even more lifestyle changes like eating less processed foods, decreasing my salt intake, meditating and more.
So if we fast forward to today. I have been on blood pressure meds for about 8 years and usually keep my blood pressure below 130/80 range when I am on my meds. The hypertrophy that I had in my left ventricle has gone down to normal and it seems that I am “normal”. To be quite honest I hate being on meds to this day. I don’t like admitting I have high blood pressure to other people and even new doctors crack jokes to me when they walk in to the room that they were expecting somebody older and not active with the medical history I have – I don’t like this. At times I think about if I were to really eat clean and try some supplements or other remedies that I might be able to rid myself of the drugs but I wouldn’t do this unless I had a cardiologist working with me. The fact is it sucks having hypertension. It sucks taking meds and having a condition that I can’t really change; or I haven’t been successful to change without medicine. I can’t say I feel like a perfectly healthy person because I realize that I have a really hard time with high intensity workouts. It feels like my heart can’t keep up and I can’t catch my breathe. So running and biking are my workouts of choice. Moderate exercise is what I do best and I just focus on that. If I find myself doing something with a high intensity I really have to pay attention to my body and how I am reacting to it. It isn’t hard to overdo it and I still do from time to time. The way I look at it now is that we all have our struggles and even though this isn’t a huge one, it is mine. I don’t let it stop me from living. I do the best I can with the situation I have and that is all I can do. For those who struggle with this or other things just know it’s hard and reach out, many people struggle with things that we don’t see. Sorry for the novel.
Anyone else struggle with hypertension? What about other diseases? How does it effect your running?
Who else goes to a bootcamp type of class? How long is it? How is it organized?
What is your run today? Indoors or outdoors?