As a runner we all have running montras
Your race, your pace
If it was easy, everyone would do it.
Your only competing against yourself.
Your lapping everyone still on the couch.
And while all of these montras are true and for the most part I do 100% believe them, there are times when it is hard. When it is hard to let things go. When those nasty thoughts enter my head. Not jealous of other runner and their accomplishments, but angry with myself for where I am.
While I know others have it worse than I do….
While I know that I am not alone in having struggles…
While I know that it could be so much worse and others suffer more…
I also know that there are many people with Hypoparathyroidism that would love to do the things that I currently do because they are unable to.
That does not lesson my struggles and my reality. As with any chronic disease, each person manifests the symptoms differently. There is no one size fits all. And with Hypoparathyroidism, it is different all the time. Calcium levels fluctuate and there is no way to know. It’s all just a guessing game on a daily basis since different days may require more calcium intake just to keep your body functioning at not even peak, but just below peak. There is not at home blood test like a diabetic uses to determine calcium need. It’s all just a guessing game.
I’ve said it before and I do believe it with not a shred of scientific evidence to back me up that the reason that I am able to do the things I do now is because of the aerobic shape I was in before my surgery. I literally ran the NYC Marathon just 2 weeks prior to my thyroid surgery. There are some people with my disease that need to go out on disability because the struggle is so bad. Again each person is different.
This past weekend I just got back from a 10 day camping trip in Vermont. I said to my son while we were out on a 16 mile bike ride around the lake (mind you the day after climbing Jay’s Peaks a 4,000 foot elevation) that I was going to be slow. I told him that although I make it look easy, I struggle more than he knows. This is true because while I moan and groan here on my blog, in person I usually just don’t complain. Really what will it do?
Here is the truth that I’ve said before….. For right now in order to keep my kidneys healthy, I need to keep my calcium level low which brings the symptoms associated with it. To name a few, muscle cramps and fatigue which makes training a little more difficult than it used to be. I also can’t handle the heat as easily as I used to be.
Nothing worthwhile in life is easy. Marriage, Having kids, raising kids, even some friendships at times are hard. Nothing is easy. They are all worth the struggle, but not necessarily easy. The payoff is worth the effort.
Nothing worthwhile in life is easy….
Especially running a marathon.
This will be my second marathon with Hypoparathyroidism. It will be my 6th overall. Each one had it’s challenges. Each one had it struggles. I was able to push through all of them and make it to the finish line. This time it will be no different.