We all know that I’m not the bad ass that I used to be. Not that I was ever the baddest of the baddest bad asses, but for me and where I started I was pretty bad. Things change. Life is full of hills and valley’s. It is very easy to get stuck in the valley. Right now, I’m in search of the keys to start engine to get up the hill.
It’s time that I admit that even with my health issues that my running (or lack of running) is not all tied to it. Yes, it started with the thyroid and calcium problems; but it is so much more now. It’s a vicious cycle. Due to the health stuff, I couldn’t run as much. Not running or exercising as much caused me to loose a lot of my carido strength. Loosing the cardio strength made running more difficult. When the running became more difficult, I didn’t want to run as much.
Round and Round we go.
This doesn’t even take into account the mental part of it.
This past week I went for six miles. By one and half miles in, my legs are burning, heavy, and tired. My breathing is heavy. I just want to stop. Now mind you, I am not even pushing the pace AT ALL. I thought about turning around and going home, but I didn’t. And truth be told that is all that I can ask of myself.
Honestly though I do need to ask myself to get out the door more. Part laziness. Part knowing it will be hard. And part wondering if it is worth it. I know that I will get out. I know that I am doing a half in January, but here is another fact. I don’t really care. I am not motivated. This is the mental part that I’m talking about.
I ask myself, “Is it worth it.”
Here is the truth. My legs are sore just from just standing all day baking cookies. I’m exhausted by the end of a non running day. It’s actually depressing. So imagine how I feel on running days. Although, at least those days I have a reason why.
In the next few weeks before Fred Lebow, my doctor is going to be adjusting my medications. I recently took a 24 hour urine test (not as fun as it sounds -Ha). I failed it swimmingly. According to my doctor, a normal calcium level for this test is 200. Someone who is Hypopara, it should be 300. This is due to the high amounts of calcium/meds we have to take. Mine was 578. So adjust medication we will because if not this will not bode well for my kidneys.
One of the reasons that my levels are so high is that currently my blood calcium levels are great. They are right where they were prior to surgery. Sounds good, right? Wrong. The levels need to come down and they need to come down a decent amount. I have to find what is the level to feel good enough to function while protecting my kidneys. Can you see the dilemma?
To answer my question though.
It is worth it.
But I need to balance it with my actual life. I’ve already decided that Fred Lebow will be what it will be. This is no longer a goal race. The only goal is to finish which I will.
I am making the NY Half marathon a goal race. I’m not sure the goal, but this race I will give what I’ve got. I’ll get there. I just have to not only get my body there, but my mind.
One day at a time.