The thing about having an “invisible” illness, a complicated illness, a rare illness is that your start to wonder if it’s all in your head. It’s easy to do too, because most of the time you keep it to yourself. Then if you do say something many don’t understand and some will think you are exaggerating. So after a while you just suck it up and go about your day. The more you do that, the more you start to wonder if it really is all in your head. Then you begin to question it all.
Are my legs so sore in morning because I’m getting older?
Can I not run this fast because I’m just not training enough?
Am I taking it too easy because I forgot how to push myself?
Suck it up Buttercup!
Then you remember…
You do have it. It is real. It’s not in your head. It sucks, but it could be much worse. Most importantly, your doing the best that you can.
Now the best that I can isn’t what it used to be. I also know there are many people with this disorder who would love to do what I can do on my worst day. I also know that I am lucky. Once when I shared something about Hypoparathyroidism, someone commented to me to my face, “Don’t take this wrong, but everyone has something.”
I was too shocked to do anything but agree with her. And I do agree with her. I know that everyone has their own battles. I will be the first to admit that. I also know that even the battle that I face could be so much worse. That being said, just because I share my battles does not mean that I think someone else’s battles are less important. As the Care Bears used to say, “sharing is caring.” We all have our stuff and it is good to be able to openly share our battles because it does make the load a little lighter and easier to carry.
These are things that went through my mind on my training run yesterday. It was the longest run I have done this training cycle. I notice that it takes my body now a good 3 miles before it gets into the groove of running. Then I was having some doubts about my running. Comparing it to the last time that I was training for NY which is crazy because not only was that pre hypoparthyroidism, but I had an amazing running coach who had me hopping. I never compare myself to other runners, but I do compare myself to where I was which is something that I must stop doing. I will say that I think I’m in a better place now than when I was training for Chicago. I do think actually training with the walk/run and following it this time will make for a better race.
Yesterday’s run was good and bad. That is why we train. I could start to recognize a pattern. Start to tweak it. I also slowed down to wear realistically I should be for my long runs right now. 8 miles with an average pace was 12:23. I never went into the red zone for my heart rate and kept my heart rate in zone 4 according to my Garmin. I have recently been trying to pay closer attention to my heart rate as apposed to pace. I’m also trying to figure out paces for running and walking. It’s a work in progress, but I am getting it done. Sticking to the loose plan that I am following. As the training runs get longer and I approach the NYCM, I want to be able to project approximate target times for distance. More so that I don’t go out too fast like I did last time. I don’t anticipate running the paces I did last time. If I go out too fast I might not bounce back as I did last time.
You can clearly see the wall at mile 20.
I think running for Sandy Hook Promise does take the pressure off some and add its elsewhere. It takes it off because I know that I am not running this for me. I was serious when I said that I wasn’t planning on any marathons this year. I am training to be able to run this race as a proud member of the Sandy Hook Promise Team. Like anyone on a team, your know that it’s not about you. I don’t want to waste this opportunity given to me. As I often post with my training runs #26for26. I am so blessed to be given this opportunity to run for something that I believe in and don’t want to squander this opportunity.