Yep, ended up here yesterday but we will get to that towards the end…
I woke up yesterday, felt kind of nauseated and so I decided to wait to eat until after my run. I did 4.5 miles on the treadmill (PS yes, my legs are orange… it’s not from too many sweet potatoes but from a sunless tanner) and I felt kind of like myself again while I was running which put me on cloud 9.
8:30 pace with 4 x 45 second strides (6:00 pace) thrown in there.
Our next stop was gymnastics for the Brookers.
She pretty much ran for an hour straight with a few front rolls mixed in for good measure. It makes me happy to see her so happy there.
This is where things went south… I started eating a plain skinless baked potato from Wendy’s at the end of her class and within minutes I hurt so badly I could barely hold back the tears. SO… we went to Instacare. My doctor is sure that this isn’t just IBS right now. He gave me a bunch of prescriptions to help with gastritis (inflammation of the stomach lining) and a possible peptic ulcer. At this point I am down to rice and baby apple sauce being the only things that don’t hurt to eat. Also, giardia (I had it 1.5 years ago) was ruled out because I am lacking the main symptom for that and without that they won’t even test you for it. My doctor (he was a runner too… love it when that happens) said yep, go run St. George if the medicine kicks in by the race and if I don’t feel better in time then I should not run it.
I will be following his orders 100% because A) my health comes before a marathon and that would be pretty miserable to run 26.2 miles feeling the way that I felt yesterday B) I respect the marathon distance… I don’t mess around with it.
I cried a lot to my mom, rested like a champ (aka hung out in bed for awhile), said lots of prayers and I am going to keep hoping for the best. I DO have a plan B that I have discussed with my coach so that all of the training won’t go to waste because there is ALWAYS another race. I’m going to remain hopeful I will feel good enough to race (and to be able to eat SOMETHING other than rice and applesauce) on Saturday. I will just be playing it by ear and seeing how each day feels.
PS this is why you can’t take running too seriously—> there are so many ups and downs and uncontrollable factors. You do the best you can, keep your head up and your spirits high. With running you control the things that you can and let go of the things you cannot.
Races are important and we love them but this is what the really important stuff is all about:
PS We got our car back and fixed after our pole incident and Brooke was pretty happy about it.
I LOVED this picture of Samantha rocking her Hungry shirt with an awesome look of determination on her face!
Any songs that you are especially loving right now? The more the merrier for my playlist (whether I use it Saturday or soon after)!
What has been the best part of your week so far?
Who will be running Boston 2016?
Ever been crazy sick? What was wrong with you??