I've been met with some challenges in the past year or so. I was training for the 2013 Pittsburgh marathon and was doing so well. Hit 20 miles several times but then all was shattered. I injured my IT band and kept running. And it kept getting worse and worse until walking was painful. By the time I saw my PT, as hard as we worked, there was no way I could run the marathon. Devastated! I cried so many tears over that. Training for so hard and not running, watching your friends run it without you...it was hard!
But I worked at getting my IT better and finally was able to run again. I did several 5ks over the summer and even broke 30min on one of them. I'm back! Well, I thought so, but I seemed to lose some motivation. Maybe it was because I didn't have a race I was training for at the time. I don't know.
I was asked to run in the relay of the Pittsburgh marathon on a May 4 of this year. I would be running the 4th leg...6.1 miles total. I didn't train as well as I could have as a month before the race I got sick and ended up with what they thought was the flu and then bronchitis. But I went and vowed to do my best. Race day, my run started great, but then, my stomach was not happy! Now I have never had stomach issues on a race nor have I ever had to use a porta potty during a half, let alone 6 miles. But I had to stop several times. Ugh! The pain was crazy. But I finished. I believe my pace was 11:11 m/m, even with the stops. Happy with that!
Not happy to go to the ER the next day because of pain in my right upper abdomen. To make a long story short, after days of tests, my gall bladder was not functioning the way it should. Surgery was this past Monday to remove it. So now I am recovering from that.
I have MCM and the Dopey challenge to train for. I really could use a break now. I, mentally, am ready to go out there and train. If only my body will give me the green light!