Pensacola Eye Ball, Liver Enzymes & The First Beach Day

Toward the tail end of last week I started to feel sick again but tried my best Friday to go out and enjoy the gorgeous Summer-esque weather we are having.2014-03-21 10.05.24I went out for a nice easy 5k and came home to do some ab work. I developed a cough so I spent most of the day working at home and carbing up in hopes that I'd still be able to do my long run on Saturday. One of my favorite dessert-type late night munchies is a steamed sweet potato (slice, cut, and microwave for about 5 minutes with a moist paper towel covering the bowl) with cardamom and honey (great natural cough suppressant!) 2014-03-21 18.39.08

Unfortunately, I woke up Friday with a fever of about 100 and decided it was best to not run that day. I still spent about 20 minutes online googling 'how much of a fever can you have and still run?' I decided to head to the clinic to see if it was something that would require antibiotics.

2014-03-22 08.16.32The nurse said it didn't require any meds and that rest, lots of fluids, and dayquil should do the trick. While I was there I received my lab results from the blood I had drawn last week. I had to have my TSH rechecked for my Hashimotos and had them do a metabolic panel as well to look at cholesterol levels. Thankfully those levels were perfect! I'm also happy to see that my electrolytes were all normal, as was my Iron. I take Iron supplements (as a vegetarian endurance runner I've read it's common for females to be iron deficient) and it's nice to see I wasn't 'over doing' it and taking them unnecessarily.

The only thing that was out of normal range were my liver enzymes. The nurse said she wouldn't even have mentioned it to be but didn't want me to see the paperwork and wonder why it hadn't been discussed. As you can see both are just 1 over the normal range, and looking around online I see that the normal ranges for both are often up closer to 60. I started asking her a few more questions about what elevated levels could mean and she asked if I had ever had hepatitis, used IV drugs, or received any back alley tattoos. Emphatically 'no' to all of the above!

Since I was just at the clinic 2 weeks ago with extreme body aches and fatigue she said if I wasn't better by next week to come back and they'd test me for mono. She also wants to recheck my liver enzymes in a month to make sure I don't have hepatitis.

Really? Who the hell gets mono or hepatitis anymore? I thought people stopped getting mono when they outgrew high school make out parties and I'm pretty sure only rockstars from the eighties get hepatitis.

labs I decided the best medicine would be to spend some time at the beach! My friend Christina and I headed out for a few hours to soak up some Vitamin D before heading back home to get ready for our swanky night out. 2014-03-22 13.24.20Christina received 2 tickets to the annual Eye Ball (fundraiser for Pensacola Independence for the Blind program) through her work and kindly asked me to be her guest. I love going to events like that to people watch and be around a type of society I'm certainly not accustomed to. I didn't want to spend a lot of money since I'm trying to save up for all my incredible trips coming up so I wore my high school prom dress (which I realized that night when I thought about it is 13 years old now!)

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I tried not to look like some tourist taking photos of everything so I didn't get a lot of good ones to share. Tickets were $125 a piece and included a fabulous dinner. Of course I couldn't eat anything but the salad and dessert but I tore up that cheesecake!

2014-03-22 18.50.36After dinner, watching the live auction, and some dancing (apparently some guy from Dancing with the Stars was there? I don't have cable so I have zero idea who he was) we decided to go downtown for a drink since we were so dolled up. 2014-03-22 19.02.51 Walking around downtown Pensacola in our floor length gowns was amazing. We had no less than 10 groups of people/cars stop to say something nice to us about our dresses. We went to one of my new favorite bars, The Whiskey Bar, and had a drink before heading home. Such a fun night!

Sunday morning I woke up and felt a little better so I went out for a run. I 100% know I shouldn't have, but I started having those "your marathon is a month away and you need to be training!" thoughts that I didn't want to fight. I checked the weather before I left the house and it said 0% chance of rain. One hour into my run and it started to rain slightly, and about 90 minutes in it turned into a downpour. I had 16 miles slated for this weekend but I decided to call it quits just after 10. 2014-03-23 10.49.14Sunday afternoon was spent cleaning the house, reading for a few hours, and doing this weeks food prep. I ended up just creating each recipe as I went and they turned out fantastic! Spaghetti squash with peas, green onions and soy sauce + faux  beef, lentils, carrots, onions and Newmans Own Sockarooni.

2014-03-23 16.43.14How was your weekend? 

What's the last formal event you went to?