So today was many things….
Wear Orange Day
It was Wear Orange Day which has become the defining color for gun violence prevention movement. Hadiya Pendleton died way too young and way too violently on January 29, 2013. This was just one week after performing at President Obama’s Inauguration and after finishing her exams at her High School Prep School.
A week after her tragic death, her friends and community came together in her favorite color orange to stand against gun violence. Every day on average 96 people die from gun violence and 6 of them are under the age of 18. This is far too many. To be honest, one is one to many.
So we wear orange. We march. We raise awareness and we try to do better.
We can do better.
We will do better.
I wore orange today all day, but especially when I went for my first pre marathon training walk/run of 3 miles today. I will officially begin marathon training in July, but I need to build back up to a starting point for training. I would like to get to 15 miles a week before training begins.
One thing that I thought about on my run tonight is how different this marathon training cycle will be. It will be different for many reasons, but one is my attitude. I’m training not for time, but to finish, enjoy the experience, and represent the Sandy Hook Promise organization proudly. So as well as fundraising, I also need to be able to run 26.2 miles. A marathon is still a marathon even if you aren’t chasing a 4:30 finish time.
Hypopara Awareness Day
For those new or needing a reminder, I was diagnosed with hypoparthyroidism after my parathyroid glands were damaged when my thyroid was removed 2 weeks after running the NYCM in 2016.
Many people ask, “What does this mean?”
This is a complicated issue as this is a very rare disease and each person manifests it differently.
Here is the official information: The condition affects the body’s production of parathyroid, a hormone that regulates the body’s levels of calcium and phosphorus, the condition has to be monitored and treated with supplements and medication. One of the main issues is very low calcium levels, affecting the strength and development of bones, teeth and nails as well as affecting the nervous system.
What does this mean…. For me, it means that my body feels like it aged 20 years after my surgery. My body aches and is sore in ways it never was even when training for my 50K! It means some days needing to lay down in the afternoon for a solid nap not because I’m drowsy but because I feel like I’ve just finished running a marathon and can’t move another step. It means constantly assesses “how do I feel” because if my calcium gets too low my face will twitch, my fingers with get tingly, and if gets too low it could be a problem. I’ve been lucky in that being a marathon runner prior to surgery, I was very tuned into how my body felt so I know when adjustments need to be made because the only way to find out your calcium level is through blood tests at your doctors.
This is all doable though with medication, supplements and just being smart. That being said, these things take a toll on the mind and body. I also need to monitor my kidney health as the medication to keep my levels at just under the normal range also raises urine calcium levels which is not good for the kidneys. Again, I’ve been lucky in that I’ve found a doctor in NYC who specializes in this. We are working on getting these levels down before issues arise. It’s a work in progress.
All this being said, I refuse to let this stop me. While things are different, I am keeping doing what I’m doing. May be slower and not run as far, but I’m still running (remember that marathon I’ve got coming up in November). I’m still getting done what I need to get done. And I’m lucky enough to have friends that support me when I need them:)
And on top of all of this it was also
National Donut Day, but I forgot to get my donut.