Patience and Imposter Heart Attacks

This was a very strange week for me. On Monday I felt like my heart was exploding. It was a very strange moment, I was talking to a coworker and I just blurted out, "I feel like I'm having a heart attack." They gave me a very puzzled look and asked what I meant and I said, "I feel like my heart just exploded in my chest." After work I tried to run like a dumb dumb and was ridiculously uncomfortable. I was stopping every mile to try to stretch it out and finally gave up at 3 miles.

Here's a really good tip, "If it hurts...DON'T RUN." Why I can't seem to follow my own advice, I will never know but honestly it's not worth it. I went home and grabbed my trusty Trigger Points Ball to see if I could work my shoulders and alleviate the chest pain. The pain didn't go away so I texted my wonderful roommate who also happens to be a doctor, Dr. Molly.

I spent the next day in the exact same pain but didn't think it was serious enough to go to a Doctor. Then when I woke up Wednesday, I went in to PT before work and asked my PT Mike if he thought I was dying. He said no but that he didn't believe my shoulder tension and my chest pain were related and that I needed to go get it checked out. I sighed and called my Doctor. 

I go in and we do an EKG, some blood work, and she pokes around and can't figure out what's wrong. Good news, no heart attack. Bad news, she has no idea what was happening. So what the hell happened? I haven't a clue but it's feeling better today so YAY? I went for a 4.5 mile run yesterday with my friend Gregg which was a nice way to get back on the horse. The hardest part about marathon training is dealing with speed bumps when they arise. Injuries are inevitable and your schedule will at times be impossible to juggle. BUT you can't let the hiccups get you down. I got really antsy taking a mere 3 days off and that is nothing. The most important thing you will learn if you so decide to run a marathon is patience. It takes so much patience to train for and run a marathon. 

Take care of yourselves friends. Get your yearly physical if you haven't done so already. It's really important to get checked out before you decide to train for any sort of endurance race. And most importantly be patient. It really is one day at a time. Until tomorrow, #RunSelfieRepeat.

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Kelly Roberts

My name is Kelly Roberts and I am a 25 year old New York City resident. My story made headlines when I took selfies with hot guys “hottie hunting” my way through the NYC Half Marathon. My blog, www.RunSelfieRepeat.com is bursting with humor and personal stories that lend an insight into the world of running and lead you to believe that just about anyone, regardless of their fitness level, can and should fall in love with running. Though currently an avid runner, I never would have predicted I would run marathons. I was the kid who used to hide in the bushes or play dead to get out of running the mile in school. I HATED running. But running has given me a purpose. It’s shown me that I really am limitless. In the two years since I started running, I’ve run multiple half marathons, 10ks, and 5ks, and two full marathons. My mission is to inspire others to find the courage to say yes to themselves all the while making them laugh hysterically because laughing is the solution to everything.