leaves under my feet, leaves under my bike

I took a rest day on Tuesday… I had considered a run but ended up staying in. It feels like it has been a whirlwind with Maple Leaf Festival, then Halloween, then the World Series (Yay Royals!), and I just needed a breather. This is such a busy time of year at our house, since we are a Halloween kind of family. This time last year I was ramping up my mileage for fall Ultras. It is sort of bittersweet looking back at my Instagram pictures from that time. I miss logging all those miles – the beauty of the trail. Feeling at one. The fresh air. Finding new ways to challenge myself to keep going… I love all those things.

I'd rather be a forest than a street. Yes I would, if I could, I surely would. I'd rather feel the earth beneath my feet. Yes I would, if I only could, I surely would.

I’d rather be a forest than a street. Yes I would, if I could, I surely would.
I’d rather feel the earth beneath my feet. Yes I would, if I only could, I surely would.

Aren’t those shoe cool? They are speckled like a composition notebook, but have gold iridescent toes and trim. I love them! You can find them here.

Now, I am finally feeling like maybe I am making some progress with my health. I am logging some shorter runs (3-5 miles each) on the trails and smaller hill routes. I am getting some biking in as weather allows. A far cry from when I was struggling to even get out of bed to brush my teeth and get ready for work.

There is a trail under those leaves somewhere!

There is a trail under those leaves somewhere!

I am still tired, especially when I get home from work. The thought of putting on my running shoes is, at times, daunting. But, the fresh air often gives me a little boost and the miles fly by. My running buddy, Atlas, is always so eager when he sees me dressed to run. (He gets upset when I am going on a group run and don’t take him. He really loves running, and starts jumping around and barking when he sees my running shoes being tied.)

I might be the only person who does not like pumpkin spice. Mocha all the way!

I might be the only person who does not like pumpkin spice. Mocha all the way!

I am probably relying too much on caffeine (iced coffees and Coke Zero) to get me thru the day. But, maybe as my med dosages keep going up, my energy will too. Currently, I am taking something called Sustained Release T3. (Previously I had been on levothyroxine and then Nature-Throid). In addition to that, I take probiotics, B-complex, iron, thyroid support and testosterone. Yeah. Testosterone. That is a weird one. It feels weird to even talk about, but I feel as though my journey might help someone else, so I should be open about that, too.

In  addition to my thyroid not working, and not converting T4 to T3 (hence the SRT3), my adrenal glands became depleted, and my iron was low. My new doctor (going on the third one now) tested my hormone levels and found my testosterone was super low. The symptoms of this were very similar to my hypothyroidism. (Fatigue, weight gain, depression, etc.) The big one I noticed was inability to recover from workouts and muscle loss (not cool, man. not cool).

My weight seems to have leveled off (so that is good), but none of my pants fit (which isn’t good). So I rock the sweater dress, tights and boots every day to work. Yay for fall work uniforms!

Flip-up mittens are my fave.

Flip-up mittens are my fave.

One other thyroid symptom which is interesting is inability to regulate body temperature. Since I already have Reynaud’s Syndrome, this makes my work day a little chilly. I think offices have two settings anyway – surface of the sun and Arctic blast. This office is always at Arctic blast. When I run, my left hand goes ice cold. When I sit, my right hand does. I wear fingerless gloves when I am at my desk. I’m not trying to make a fashion statement – just trying to stay warm!

One more thing… I have a rather emotional post coming up. I will work on that one. I have to do some stewing on what I want to share, and what to hold back. I got some rather sad news yesterday about a team I have been promoting the last two years. So more on that later.

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