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7 Days and a 5K

Its been a busy last 7 days.  I am happy to report that I have proudly used my vest EVERYDAY these past 7 days!

The vest itself is still aggravating me and causing me to be bright red from my neck to boobs.  TMI - sorry!  I've tried a few different things, and found that turning the vest backwards seems to be the best method, so far.  My vest only inflates in the front, so I have found putting the inflated side on my back is more comfortable and manageable.

Also, I started Cayston on Saturday, so I am doing my 3 Cayston treatments, HTS treatment and now the vest every day! Wow - thats a lot of time doing treatments & washing handsets.

I haven't noticed a drastic change since adding the vest.  I did cough the other night which woke me up (Will was out of town - so he lucked out and missed that).  I do feel like stuff is a bit looser in my lungs, if that makes any sense.  I'm still working on my coughs during/after treatment.  It seems like when I try to get myself to cough, I can't get any gunk up.

On another note, I completed a 5K on Saturday!!!  Will was out of town and I couldn't convince anyone else to tag a long, plus the weather was rather nasty...so I had lots of motivation to skip out...but I didn't!!!!  I went all by myself!  It was the Red Nose Run for the local Ronald McDonald House - what a great cause!!

My goal was to finish in 36 minutes, and I managed to finish in 35 minutes, 51 seconds.  Just made it!

Running outside is a completely different beast then running on the treadmill or using the elliptical.  IT IS HARD!  The treadmill keeps you at a steady pace and if you get too slow, you get thrown off!  Not when you are outside.  You can simply just stop running.

There is nothing pushing you to keep going, except YOU.  I did a lot of talking to myself while I was running.  I didn't want to stop.  I wanted to keep going the whole time.  Even if it was a slower jog, but just keep going.  Each mile I got a bit slower, but that's OK.  It was my first time running in a quite a while (I don't recommend that either - training is vital!!).

The rain picked up the last 1/2 - 3/4 mile...and it was actually kind of fun!  It refreshed me and gave me that extra push to finish strong.  Then you have all these people clapping for you when you cross the finish line...makes you feel special and accomplished :)

I had a wonderful morning, even though I was all by myself.  I look forward to my next 5K and hope to have some fellow runners :)
My 'red nose' - lol

Before my run
FINISHED!!!
Can't tell it was raining, but it was!  

I rewarded myself for the vest and 5K with a 90 minute massage today - it was AMAZING!!  And, I will end with a picture of my babies :)

Stella and Sarge





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