One Week To Go!!

Oh man I hope I’m ready for this!  I just looked at the schedule for the coming week and I got nervous.  Lots of very short runs but I thought to myself ‘this race is going to be here before I realize’  This week will be all about getting everything together for race day.  Checking off all the things I need to bring to the start.  I am more nervous for the wait at the start village than I am fot the actual race itself.  I know what to expect when I start running, I’ve been training for 16 weeks so that I would be ready for the actual running part.  I have no idea what to expect while waiting around to start.  My bus leaves at 5:45am, I start the race at 10:40am.  Five hours of waiting in anticipation.

As far as health I am just trying to hold on.  Coughed up some blood the other night and am feeling more congested than I have in a while. I’ve also been tired a lot lately. Ugh!  The roller coaster of CF.  One day I’m up the next I’m down.  No rhyme or reason to it.  I’ll be ready for race day though. I have to be.  I will be doubling up on all my treatments this week. The vest two times a day plus the flutter.  I need to get as much of this junk out of my lungs as possible.

So this is it.  The final countdown.  Next Sunday is going to be a very emotional day!

To donate to Team Boomer, fight Cystic Fibrosis and help me reach my fundraising goal you can go to  http://www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/kevindwyer/2011INGNYCMarathon

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Two weeks to go

This morning I did the last ten miles of the marathon.  Started at 60th st and 1st ave, up into the Bronx and back down to Tavern on the Green.  Took it slow and didn’t stop once.  I actually had fun!  Lets hope I am saying that after the marathon.  It is crazy to think that when I started I couldn’t do 1 mile without stopping and now I can do 10 and say it was fun.  Went out with a big group of runners from nyflyers, of course they all took off and left me in the dust.  There was a guy from the running club who followed us on a bike and directed us where to run in the Bronx.  We weren’t the only group out there doing this, several running clubs were doing the same thing.  It calmed me a little bit for the race.  I am still nervous about the time in the village before the race and the waiting in the corral. I want to make sure I have everything I need out there.

So that is the last double digit run I will do until race day.  Was going to d 20 last Wednesday but the weather in NYC was windy and rainy so I scrapped that.  No more long runs, 18 was my max.  Time to take it easy.  From now until race day it is all easy 5-7 miles.  Maybe some interval training thrown in.  Now I just need to focus on conserving and storing energy.  I can’t believe race day is almost here.

If you have been wondering what it looks like when I do my vest, or my inhalants you are in luck.  CBS Morning Show will be doing a feature on me that will air the Monday after the marathon.  I’m certain they will have shots of me doing both.

I am doing a course of oral antibiotics right now (Cipro) to kill any infection that might be brewing so that I am healthy for the race.  I will do it up until race and a few days after.  My main concern now is getting sick after the race because of a depleted immune system.  That would not be good after all of this training.

To donate to Team Boomer, fight Cystic Fibrosis and help me reach my fundraising goal you can go to  http://www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/kevindwyer/2011INGNYCMarathon

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Never Ending Battle

So I went to my doctor today.  Not because I was feeling bad, but to get a check up before race day. Make sure everything is fine.  Usually when I am visiting my doctor it is because something doesn’t feel right with my lungs or I have just finished doing IV therapy and we are doing a follow up.  Today was neither of those.  Today was just to make sure nothing was out of the ordinary as I ramp up for the marathon which is 24 days away.  As I have said before in my blog I love my doctor.  Everyone at the clinic is amazing.  Today was more of the same.  They are all aware that I am running the marathon so I had my “team’ all there to make sure I am at max health going into the race.  Even though I am feeling pretty healthy right now my lung functions are down about 5%.  That bummed me out.  It doesn’t matter how much I take care of myself or how diligent I am with my treatments my lungs still get blocked.  It was a bit of a psychological blow to see the numbers from my PFT.  I just need to remind myself that if I didn’t do everything I am doing I would feel worse.  So I have to keep fighting.  It is a mad circle that could potentially drive me crazy.  Get sick, go on IV, feel 100% better, go back to normal treatments, gradually start feeling worse until you need to go back on IV and start the whole process again.  It’s not like a cold where you get it, you feel bad, it runs its course then you feel better and thats it back to normal.  I wonder what normal actually feels like.  I wonder how much more energy I would have if I had full lung capacity and my body wasn’t always fighting an infection.  Regardless of what my lung functions are I am committed to this race.  No turning back now.

On Monday I ran 18 miles and it kicked my ass.  Felt great at the beginning and thought “I got this today”.  My lungs felt clear and I wasn’t coughing as much as usual.  I think around mile 10 I started coughing more and that was it.  The running started to get more difficult, the legs started getting heavier and the bottoms of my feet began to hurt.  And thats how it went for the last 8 miles.  From mile 12 on I started taking more walk breaks.  Gutted it out and finished the 18 though.  I was wiped out that night.  My legs were so tired.  Falling asleep was not a problem.  I was surprised that the next day my legs didn’t feel that bad.  A little tight but not too bad.  This training is getting difficult.  I just want the marathon to be here already so I can get it over with.

If you haven’t seen it already New York Road Runners has done a profile on me.  You can check it out here.  http://www.nycmarathon.org/Running_to_Heal.htm

I believe it will also appear in the program for the marathon as well.

To donate to Team Boomer, fight Cystic Fibrosis and help me reach my fundraising goal you can go to  http://www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/kevindwyer/2011INGNYCMarathon

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Angry Rambling

I am sick and tired of fucking coughing!  Every run lately has been a struggle.  I am like a traffic light out there.  I’m coughing up red, yellow and green shit from my lungs the entire run.  The past few weeks I have coughed to the point of throwing up at least once a week.  Today while I was doing my 6 miles I actually had to stop twice because I was coughing so hard and threw up both times.  I stood there and thought ‘this sucks!  I hope this doesn’t happen on race day.  How will I deal with that? How embarrassing is that going to be?’  How will I deal with that?  Now as you know I feel really cool when I cough but I feel even cooler when I am on the side of the road in Central Park throwing up as people run by.  I’m surprised I haven’t made any new friends while coughing and throwing up. Weird, seeing that I would expect people to be drawn to me and want to hang out.  Another cool thing about CF are the plugs I cough up.  Two times last week I coughed up huge plugs.  I’m talking the size of extra large peas coming from deep down in my lungs.  So I guess I’m not only coughing red, yellow and green but I’m also coughing black.  I feel as cool as George Clooney when I think about all the really disgusting things CF cause me to do.

I bought some new running shoes today.  I went with the Brooks Glycerin.  I went in intending to buy Asics Nimbus but something didn’t feel right about them.  I’ll give the Brooks a little time to break in but it wasn’t like it was a whole new running experience out there.  In fact my legs seemed to tighten up in new and different places tonight.  Hope that’s just because they are new shoes.  The Black Eyed Peas played a concert in Central Park this evening.  So I heard them while I was running.  It sort of distracted me but I still think they suck and they sounded just as crappy as I expected.  I think it was more the people watching than the music that distracted me.  Luckily all my coughing/heaving was not in front of the crowds.

The other day I was running in the park and there is this one water fountain that I usually stop at.  I always get to it at just about the time that I need to take a salt pill so it is perfectly placed.  It is right behind the Metropolitan Museum of Art at 85th st.  So as I leave the road and walk to the fountain I see a guy with his dog walking towards the fountain as well.  No big deal because like most water fountains in Central Park this one has a built in bowl filled with water for dogs.  Well, this dog lover lets his dog rear back, put his two front paws on the fountain and lick from the spout for humans.  Yes, the dogs tongue was slobbering all over the spout where I was going to take a nice refreshing drink.  ‘Did you say something?’  You ask.  Why yes, yes I did.  As I walked up to the dog lover and his adorable little doggy I said.  “There is a reason they put a dog bowl there.  People don’t want to taste your dogs asshole when they drink from this fountain.”  Dog lover just gave me a cute little grin and quietly walked away with with his best friend in tow.  Needless to say I did not and will not be drinking from that fountain.  I know what you are thinking.  ‘It is New York City, there are probably thousands of germs on those fountains.  Don’t be a baby.’  To that I say “Yes you are right, but I don’t see people licking their asses then putting their tongues all over the spout.”  If I saw a person do something disgusting while using a fountain I would stop using that fountain as well.  So I guess if I don’t see it happen it isn’t happening and I’ll keep drinking.  Just not from the dog fountain.

Anyway, running is hard, coughing sucks and throwing up is the worst.  How in the hell am I going to get through this race?  Actually I know I will get through it. I spoke to my running guru today (Terry) and he is going to help me come up with a strategy for the race.  There will be walks included in this strategy.  So I feel better knowing I will have a plan and not just go out and wing it.  Good luck to Terry who is running the Chicago marathon a week from this Sunday.  He is battling a hip injury but I feel a personal record in his future.

I go for 16 miles on Sunday.   With all the cough breaks and salt pill breaks it’s probably going to take me all day.  Sunrise till sunset.

To donate to Team Boomer, fight Cystic Fibrosis and help me reach my fundraising goal you can go to  http://www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/kevindwyer/2011INGNYCMarathon

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keep on keepin’ on

Today starts a new week of training.  The miles get more and more, the race gets closer and closer and self motivation gets harder and harder.  It seems so much easier to not go for a run.  It’s a constant battle and I’m always making compromises with myself.  So with all of this I still push myself, lace on the shoes and go for a run.  Why?  At this point I have forgotten my original reasons.  It has become more.  It’s a journey that is an obsession, a challenge, a goal.  Some unknown force compels me to keep running, keep training.  I picture the finish line to motivate me through the tough times and keep on moving my legs.

During the week my lungs have been congested and the runs have been difficult.  I cough from the start of my runs to the finish. Then come Sunday when I’m scheduled to do my long runs my lungs feel much clearer and my breathing is easier.  I’m not sure if it is a mental thing or what but I won’t complain.  If Sundays are the day that my lungs decide to cooperate then so be it.  Lets just hope they are clear on the first Sunday in November.

I have had two big accomplishments since my last post.  Two days after my last post I had my first.  After a tough week I went out and ran 12 miles!  I wanted to write about it then but since it happened on Sept. 11th it didn’t feel right at the time to brag about a little run.  It felt like there were more important things to focus on.

Yesterday was another big accomplishment.  Ran for 14 miles!  Went from the Upper West Side down the west side highway to Battery Park and back up.  It was really cool to clock distances as I ran through the neighborhoods.  For those that have not been downtown along the water in a while, I say go now.  The city has done an amazing job with the restoration of the west side and the piers.

On to the next week and more training.

To donate to Team Boomer, fight Cystic Fibrosis and help me reach my fundraising goal you can go to  http://www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/kevindwyer/2011INGNYCMarathon

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Dumb Lungs

It’s been a tough week.  My lungs are not cooperating this week.  Muscles feel fine, lungs feel crap.  Lot’s of coughing during the runs.  It seems to have gone back to when I first started the training.  Coughing the whole time, not just at the beginning.  I am hoping that it is just the allergies and the rain.  When the air is heavy my lungs like to get congested.  Yes, I am writing as if my lungs have a mind of their own.  Because they do!  I tell them to stop coughing but they just won’t listen.  They insist on being congested and coughing whenever they damn well please.  Like a disobedient child, they need a time out.

Despite the coughing I have added a mile to each of my runs this week.  It has been a challenge to say the least but I have gutted out the miles.  I get angry when my lungs get like this while running.  It is hard enough to start adding these miles and tell yourself that you’ll be able to run the marathon, but when all the coughing throws off my breathing I just get mad.  To the point where I am mad at my lungs, at the training, and the cars driving by.  Ridiculous I know, but you know what, some days I just get sick and tired of coughing uncontrollably and it feels good to channel my anger at a parks department truck.  Besides it’s probably the trucks fault because it is polluting the air with it’s emissions.  The good news is that there is no blood and what is coming up is light.

This past Wednesday was the Team Boomer kick off meeting.  Some of us met at the office while others conference called in.  We went over some race day information and then everyone had a chance to tell their story; who they were and why they were running for Team Boomer.  It was a very emotional evening for me.  I was about the fifth or sixth person to speak.  Well, I attempted to speak.  By the time it came around to me I was already on the verge of tears and the second my mouth opened to speak I started crying. I couldn’t help it.  I was able to blubber out that I had CF and that I thanked everyone for running.  What eloquence!  Everyone has such inspirational stories.  To hear how CF has affected these peoples lives and to see their passion about finding a cure was emotional.  I am humbled by everyone running for Team Boomer.  I know that on race day I will be reminding myself of their stories as I push myself to finish.  Thank you to everyone running for Team Boomer and thank you to everyone who has donated to this cause.

If anything it has been an emotional week to say the least.  After all of the coughing and crying I got a bit of good news this morning.  I will be featured in the ING New York City Marathon Program.   Their PR department passed my story along to the editor who emailed me this morning.  Now I have to make it to the race!

Yes, this week has been tough but I will keep on pushing and I will finish the marathon.  My lungs will stop being such a pain in the ass and my runs will be less about the coughing and more about fighting the mental battles.

To donate to Team Boomer, fight Cystic Fibrosis and help me reach my fundraising goal you can go to  http://www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/kevindwyer/2011INGNYCMarathon

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Halfway!

Uh Oh!  I am getting nervous.  It is two months until the marathon.  Doubt creeping in.  Today I ran 8 miles for my long run.  Yes, I am proud that I ran that distance-the farthest I have ever run- but man my legs were screaming at me.  Every major muscle got sore and tight at one point or another out there; Quads, hamstrings, calfs, glutes.  I pushed through and did it though.  Kept telling myself to stay in the moment.  At the end of the run as I was stretching outside I got a chill.  Enough to give me goosebumps on my arms.  When I went in to take a hot shower to warm up I looked in the mirror and my lips were blue.  Has this happened to anyone?  I know they give people that mylar cape at the end of the marathon because their body temperatures plummet.  Should it be happening to me after 8 miles though?  Should I be concerned?

Lungs felt good.  Could feel I was coughing stuff up from deep in the lungs during this one.  Some small blood streaks but nothing crazy.  I’d be curious to see what my lung functions are right now.  Feel like they are clearer than they have been in a while.

I came out to the beach this morning so my run was much different terrain today.  I looked on Mapmyrun and saw a road that went through a golf course and circled around some water.  It would have been 4 miles out and 4 miles back.  Well he road went through the golf course but then turned into a dirt road through the woods and didn’t go all the way around as the map said.  Had to improvise through side streets on the way back.  While out in the woods on the dirt road I saw some deer and wild turkeys out there.  Also saw an old hippy with his dog in his van.  As he drove by me I had to stop to let him get past on the one lane dirt road.  His window was down and the smell of weed coming from his van was pungent as he thanked me.  Good day for that guy.  Good day for me too.  Can’t believe I can run 8 miles.  Wow.

To donate to Team Boomer, fight Cystic Fibrosis and help me reach my fundraising goal you can go to  http://www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/kevindwyer/2011INGNYCMarathon

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