I did. I ran another 11 miles. Double-freaking-digits. While this is my second double-digit run, this run was even more significant due to the fact that I have been a sickie again, living in Purgatory health. For the last four to five weeks, I have been fighting off one illness after another. It started off as a cold, then I had a stomach virus that completely wiped me out, then a sinus infection. The Boyfriend has been sick, and then it seems I get it, and then so on. Unfortunately, he has seemingly been hit harder than me with all these illnesses, and I’ve been bouncing back, while he has been splat on the ground.
Training during a period of time where you just want to lay down, curl up with a pair of crazy mutts, and watch bad reality television is challenging. I want to run. I want to go to yoga and get my stretch on, gurrrl. The idea of resting when I’m so close to the half marathon? No, I can’t! I rested for two years, and I’m tired of resting.
I ended up listening to my training group’s advice to give it a rest. Illness and training do not go hand in hand. More like hand-to-hand combat. The couple of times I tried to run when under the weather yielded terrible results. When I went to yoga even though I couldn’t breathe out of my nose, horrible idea. Finally, I threw my hands up, went to the doctor to get some much-needed antibiotics, and didn’t run for more than a week.
Today was my first long run in two weeks, and I felt pretty great until mile 9 when the IT band pain hit again. Since I had two miles to go, I wasn’t going to quit. Those two miles were tougher than the first 9 (I can’t believe I actually wrote that sentence). When my watch beeped at the 11 mile mark, I resisted the urge to yell, “YES!” I was also secretly overjoyed that one of my mentors said I was a “strong” runner. SOMEONE CALLED ME STRONG AND IT HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH HAVING HAD CANCER.
I wish I could spread the message to other people who just finished cancer treatment that they, too, can run. (Of course, always get a “go-ahead” from their oncologist.) I haven’t even been running for a year, like 9 months, and I’m weeks away from running 13.1 miles. I’m not an athlete and well, have never been athletic. It’s like all my surgeries and treatment have flipped a switch in me. I know what it’s like to feel like you’re choking to death, or so sick and in pain that you have to have help walking up stairs, or so zapped of energy that you can barely get out of bed. I have been pushed to my limits during cancer treatment.
Now I am being pushed to my limits but in a so much better way.