I know what it feels like after you’ve run a half marathon. I know what it feels like after running a marathon. I even know what it feels like after running 50K. When your an athlete whose run as many miles as I have you pay attention to these things. I’ve trained my body to run on tired legs. I always joke that I come from hearty stock because even though times my body has been sore, I’ve always recovered fairly quickly. The day after the Philadelphia marathon, I was even wearing heals. Like a bumble, I just bounce back. I also think both the way that I have pushed my body in the past and know how to roll sore muscles are helpful now. I know how to pay attention to the needs of my body.
Sometimes by the end of a busy day, my body feels like I’ve run a race that I haven’t run.
My legs are sore. My back aches. I’m exhausted.
In reading many comments and stories from people with this disease (hypoparathyroidism), I really believe that my training has set me up for success. As much as it sucks, these are not feelings I’m unused to. What sucks is feeling this way and not having a medal to show for it!
I keep hearing from my online support groups that I will get used to the “new normal” but that it takes a LONG time to get there. That eventually you forget what it’s like to wake up without all the aches and such. It’s a work in progress. I think one of the things that takes getting used to is looking fine, but feeling like this.
Again it’s a work in progress. What further helps is that I’m pretty tenacious and head strong. I will keep pushing through even if things are harder to accomplish. I will not give up as long as I can do the things that I want to do.
What does worry me as I start planning my Chicago Marathon training is if I feel like this without really doing much running, how will I feel once I’m training. Training starts in a matter of weeks. I need this just as much physically as I do mentally. I will be prepared going in knowing it’s going to be harder this time around. Knowing that it will be even more important when loosing calcium through sweat while training in the heart of summer, to replenish during a run and not wait for a crash. I will be prepared to take care of myself after runs too. Where in the past because I could get away with it, I was not the best about post stretching, rolling, or soaking in mineral salts. I will ad that time into my training.
I am a runner.
I am an athlete.
I am a marathon runner and I’m not letting anything get in my way.