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Runner Barbie

My last post was partly prompted by a nickname I received from another running/blogger, Tall Mom on the Run. Mel started calling me Runner Barbie sometime last fall; I thought it was hilarious the first time I saw it. Other than my blonde hair, I am about the farthest thing from a Barbie. Yet I take the nickname as a compliment.

I don't come from a long line of active and physically fit or genetically trim and slim people. I work hard to stay in shape and be healthy. It doesn't come naturally and it doesn't come easy. I also take time each day to do something with my hair, put on clean clothes, and do what I can with a little makeup. If that's all it takes to be a Barbie, I'm going to take my Runner Barbie nickname and run with it.

As for the runner part of my nickname, I took an unplanned break from running over the weekend. On Thursday, I started feeling dizzy and short of breath off and on. I decided running might not be the best idea and took it easy instead. When the symptoms didn't subside by the next morning, the hubby insisted I call my doctor. The doc didn't really have any guesses at what was causing my symptoms but ordered bloodwork and an EKG. I continued to feel a little off on Saturday but was almost back to normal yesterday. I haven't received the EKG and bloodwork results, but I figure it can't be bad news if I feel fine now so running is back on the schedule for tonight. Since I missed my long run on Saturday, I am doing 10 miles on the treadmill as soon as the girls are asleep.

(For the record, I saw some very disturbing things while looking online for the Barbie image to go with this post.)


  1. I hope you get to feeling better soon.

  2. Yikes! I hope all tests come back normal. Take it easy on the treadmill tonight. Be safe. Thinking of you!

  3. I hope it's all okay. Be careful on that run tonight!

  4. hehe yeah I have to make sure I put on the 'safe filter' when I look for things on google! And I like the nickname, take pride!

    p.s. be careful w/the dizziness and stuff, that sounds like something that COULD be serious, even ifyou are able to run through it. Just listen to your body :D

  5. Hope everything is okay. Every time I hear "Runner Barbie," I think of that dance song from the late 90s - Barbie Girl. Now, I will be singing that song all day. :)

    Good luck with the run!

  6. Hope you are feeling back to 100%. I sometimes get short of breathe too but it usually doesnt last all day. That can be scary.

  7. I hope your test results come out fine. Sometimes I think we are just run-down from the craziness of life, and then fitting in some long runs on top of it! I've actually been feeling a bit dizzy and strange myself yesterday and this morning. I ran 10.5 miles on Sat and 3.5 on Sun and felt great. I think I just need a rest, and the rainy, dismal weather here on Long Island isn't helping. Take a rest and I bet you'll be back stronger than before!

  8. Maybe your blood pressure was just a little low. Happens to me all the time. Hope all is well. Let us know what you find out.

  9. I hope everything is OK... I love my runner Barbie!! hugs


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