Sometimes it feels like life is a ball of yarn that you must keep re-rolling because as time passes it unwinds and gets messy. As it unwinds, it frays and the dead ends need to be cut off before rewrapping (sorry to my knitters if this is bad analogy). If you don’t continue to wrap it back up, eventually your yarn will become knotted and unusable. So it’s best to deal with the mess before it’s too late. That’s where I’m at.
Waking up in the morning feeling like you’ve already come back from your run. Needing to be stretched and rolled does not make lacing up your running shoes quick or easy. That doesn’t make it less necessary.
A mile and a half in and already tingles in the face. Still working on determining when to take my Calcitriol and calcium because it’s obviously not enough time before I hit the pavement. Race morning that should not be a problem since I won’t be starting till the 11-ish or later time frame. I’ve got to work this out and also get morning stomach issues under control.
I feel like I was given hope only to have it taken away. One of the reasons that I signed up for NYC Marathon as Sandy Hook Promise Runner was because I knew that I was going on Natpara. Yes, I believe in their cause and am proud to be a runner for them, but I would have supported from the sidelines. I knew the training would be different than the last year without it. I knew how hard, frustrating, and exhausting it was without that PTH hormone and I didn’t want to do it all over again. Now I had no choice to do it all over again, but now in a matter of weeks and not months.
I wonder if I have enough time to get my body used to running without Natpara at the distance I need to be running. Yes, I’ve done it without Natpara in the past. The big difference is that I did it from the start. I had the time to adjust as the weeks went by. Adjusting and learning what my body needed, when to add calcium, and building up. Now instead of months to figure this out, I’ve got weeks to get my body and my mind on board. They are still adjusting. It’s harder than it should be both mentally and physically. Knowing that does not make it easier.
Yes, I’ve got the base. I can look on the bright side and know that for most of the training cycle that I had what I needed and could get the runs in. I was even running at a pace that I was happy with again. I didn’t think it would be my marathon pace, but I was doing alright. Now in these next few weeks as I’m still adjusting my meds, I have to do what I have to do.
What I have to do is train where I am at today. The bottom line is…. What choice do I have because I’m not quitting. That is not an option. To be totally honest with myself is that there is really not much that is going to keep me from the start line. So with that said I better buckle up and go in trained the best that I can and know that it is going to be a bumpy ride.
I’m going into this marathon trained not as I should be, but as I can be. It will be enough. It has to be enough. There is no other option
Doubt is the killer of all dreams……
And while this above statement is true, there comes a point where you have to face what the doubts are telling you Running without Natpara, the PTH hormone, and dealing with that loss. Knowing that I have to adjust expectations, training, and goals. Wondering if I will have what I need to get to the finish line. Knowing that there isn’t much that will keep me from it either.
Training will be what it will be. If your looking for tips on how to train for a marathon, this isn’t it. But having already done 6 marathons, I am comfortable saying that I know I can adjust. Maybe I walk more that I should although who determines how much “should” is. I will do what I can and no more.
Who knows maybe I will surprise myself.