Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Anderson Allergy Update

I've found that I rarely post anymore.  Races are on average once a month and there are only so many new cheeseburger restaurants to try.  I wish that was the only reason I've slacked on the writing, but family life has been stressful.  Anderson just turned 2 but is so much work.  His food allergies and horrible eczema make caring for him more than a full time job. 

Ok so it sounds like I'm complaining ... I get it.  I know there are way worse things that could happen to your child other than some itching but unless you're in our day-to-day you have no idea how much he suffers.  He's constantly uncomfortable, has to wear long sleeve shirts and pants most of the time, and is usually covered in some sort of red rash.  And the questions and looks from strangers ... so many questions.  "Have you tried xyz?" "He looks miserable are you sure you've done enough?"

Since moving to Florida from North Carolina it seems that his condition has worsened, but diet has not varied.  It's a freaking puzzle.  No one knows why he continues to itch.  I'm convinced it must be an environmental allergen but without testing I have no proof. 

On the topic of testing, Anderson just had another round of skin testing.  15 different foods were used on his back. 

Not surprising he's still allergic to milk, eggs, and peanuts (we're going to assume sesame seeds too since he's had an actual reaction to ingesting it and this allergist doesn't test for seeds).  A win for us was no more wheat and almond allergies.  Also found out he's not allergic to shellfish or pecans but does have a small reaction to cashews and walnuts.  Since he hasn't had any almond in his life we're going to do a challenge in the doctor's office this month and next month we will try a baked egg challenge.  Oh and a few days before his appointment he accidently drank cow's milk from a sippy cup and didn't have a noticeable reaction.  Well he spit it out, cried, and gagged a few times, but nothing major and no need for antihistamines or epi-pen. 

On the medicine front, we have also gone back to Atarax (Hydroxyzine) for itching at night.  Well tonight was the first time we tried it in over a year.  Hoping for better results than the normal Zyrtec.  We've been rocking him to sleep every night and it's such a process.  He's been medicated every 3-4 days and seems to be constantly taking medicine. 

Right now his skin is mostly clear ... which is a nice relief.  Better than it was last month when he looked like this most of the time:

So for now I'll continue to write about running ... and I'll keep on eating those cheeseburgers ... but I'll also try to document Anderson's struggles with food allergies and eczema. 

Run 4 Love 4 Mile - recap

Almost a month ago (sheesh I'm embarrassed to even say that), I ran the Run 4 Love 4 Mile presented by Track Shack.  It was the 5th race as part of the "fanatic" series so I was already signed up since last August.

I felt bad running this race without Ryan since February 11th is his birthday, but Mason had a basketball game and team pictures so we had to divide and conquer.

Not only is the 4 mile distance a nice change of pace from the usual 5k, race entry included a gender specific tech tee and finisher's medal.  The course is the fastest in the race series (in my opinion), running around Winter Park Pines golf club and Cady Way. 

Race conditions were perfect that morning ... chilly at race start but gorgeous sunny skies.  I wore a tank top, shorts, and compression socks.  I was definitely shivering at the start of the race but warmed up by the end. 

Final time was 30:27 minutes, placing 9th in my age group.  Not my fastest 4 miler but I certainly tried.

And like usual the night before the race I ate a burger.  I designed my own cheeseburger from Jimmy Hula's.


Friday, February 10, 2017

Town of Celebration Half Marathon - recap

On Sunday January 29th, I ran the Town of Celebration Half Marathon.  It was my first time running this race, but after weeks of training I felt good coming into this race.  Unfortunately the weather that day was anything but favorable for a good race (at least for me).  Temperatures remained in the low 40's and it rained the entire time.  On top of unfavorable weather, my Garmin never started.  I could've used the Nike app on my iPhone to track the distance and time, but I was scared of the rain ruining the phone and kept it in a Ziploc bag the entire time. 

Excuses aside, I am proud of myself for running 13.1 miles.  Friends who did use tracking devices say that the course was slightly longer, coming in around 13.32 miles

Final chip time - 1 hour 56 minutes 33 seconds (8:54 min/mile pace)

The night before, I had my usual pre-race meal ... cheeseburger and fries.  We quickly ate our meal from Smashburger before picking the boys up from my parents' house.  Ryan and I were lucky to spend the day at Epcot with friends (without kids).  Not sure if walking over 3 miles the day before the half marathon was a good idea. 

Aside from the weather (which wasn't the race's fault) the Town of Celebration Half Marathon was a great race with an awesome after party.  Lots of deliciuos food and drinks (beer!) for all of the runners.  Would I do it again next year?  Meh, maybe not.  I would love to find another half marathon to run. 

Saturday, January 14, 2017

2016 running in review

One of my running goals has been to run at least 1,000 miles in one year.  Guess what folks ... I finally accomplished that goal in 2016! 
Fun facts:
I ran the most miles in November
I ran the least miles in September
Farthest run was 10.05 miles in November
Fastest run was 3.1 miles in 22:25 minutes in March
It makes me excited to think that I can run more than 1,000 miles in 2017.  

Park Ave 5k - recap

I'm back!  Let's pretend December didn't happen shall we, since it seems as though I completely neglected my blog last month. 

This morning I ran in the 4th race of the Track Shack Fanatic's Series.  The Park Ave 5k was a fun race held in Winter Park. 
Park Ave 5k Presented by Florida Hospital

I prepared for the race like usual ... eating a cheeseburger the night before.  Ryan and I met some friends out at The Ravenous Pig for my favorite burger EVER.  It was my favorite burger before we moved to Charlotte and has not lost it's first place status since.  The location of the restaurant has changed but fortunately the burger has not.

Although one of the more costly burgers ($17) I've eaten, the Pub Burger can't be beat.  The meat is super flavorful and the toppings are the right choices.  There's absolutely no need for any ketchup or sauce on the burger. 


black angus beef, caramelized onion,
buttermilk blue cheese, truffle fries

Oh and the French fries are amazing.  So thin and crunchy ... definitely perfection.  My only complaint about the evening was a lack of aioli to dip the fries in.  I vaguely remember them having something similar to that the last time I was there (which was 7 years ago I think).

Anyways a fun night with friends always lingers and by the time I got home and went to bed it was past 11.  Yikes!  Definitely did not get as much sleep as I would've liked since my alarm went off at 5:55 this morning.  While picking up my race packet I got slightly stressed out about the possible lack of parking so I made an effort to be out of the house by 6:20. 

Luckily all of my panicking worked out and I found a parking spot in the suggested parking garage.  Score.  I was also able to use the restroom at Panera, rather than stand in line for a porter-o-potty. 

The race began right on time and we were off!  Winter Park has a lot of brick roads ... and most of the race unfortunately was on them.  Running on uneven pavement of any kind still freaks me out because of my tendency to fall (super clumsy runner over here).

I made it out alive and managed to have an official time of 22:55 minutes.  My fastest 5k since moving back to Florida but not a PR. 
It was a great race day ... perfect weather, cool in the low 60's, great post race food, and a chance to hang out with my friend Mike (he finished in 22:30 minutes). 
22:55 minutes
10th in age group
32nd in females
149th out of 1654 finishers

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

U Can Finish 5 miler - recap

Back on October 16th I ran the U Can Finish 5 miler, another race as part of the Track Shack Fanatic Series. 
U Can Finish 5 Mile & 2 Mile Presented by Florida Hospital

The last time I ran this race was back in 2010.  I was excited to run it again and see how much the University of Central Florida campus had changed. 

The day before the race was homecoming at UCF.  Since Ryan and I are alumni we decided to take the boys with us for some tailgating.  We didn't go into the actual game but did enjoy hanging out with some old friends and buying Mason a new UCF tshirt.

On our way home from homecoming I made sure to pick up a cheeseburger for my pre-race dinner (no picture and no review ... wasn't too memorable).

Sunday morning I headed out to campus on my own (the boys stayed home with Ryan).  I remember thinking to myself that I would actually try to race and try to run hard. 

I finished 6th in my age group, with a time of 38:20 minutes. 

I've realized that the women in Orlando are FAST.  The next race as part of the series is in January ... I better work on my speed.

Santa's Christmas Tree Forest

In between eating cheeseburgers and running, my family and I have been getting into the holiday spirit.  Early Friday morning we drove out to Santa's Christmas Tree Farm in Eustis, almost an hour away from us.  Heading out to a Christmas Tree Farm has been a tradition that Ryan and I started 6 years ago in North Carolina.  We were excited to continue the tradition in Florida.

Once we arrived, we loaded onto a hayride and were taken out to where we could choose our own tree.  My dad has been pretty handy with the saw, and did the honors of chopping it down for us. 

I must say the trees up in North Carolina are much prettier, but I'm just happy that we were able to keep the tradition alive that Ryan and I started so long ago.  Hopefully the boys will appreciate it as they get older.