The last month has been physically challenging for me. Not because I'm out running insane mileage, or breaking any land speed records or even spending lots of time at the gym. I've had tummy troubles and it's kicking my butt! Rocky Raccoon 50M training has been sorely lacking and even though I still have 65 days left to train, it's making me nervous. I have an endoscopy scheduled for next week to try to determine what the heck is going on in there--doctor thinks ulcer, hiatal hernia or gallbladder. Hopefully once I know what is going on I can move towards better treating it. Until yesterday, I'd been resisting acid reducers and trying to heal it with natural remedies like apple cider vinegar & honey shots, probiotics and digestive enzymes. I also stepped up the raw veggies since eating raw increases your digestive enzymes. Coffee, chocolate and fatty foods just KILL lately, so only a tiny bit of coffee in the morning and have had to let go of the chocolate for now. : (
I gave in and started taking some prescription meds yesterday. Maybe that, combined with the natural things I'm trying will get me over the hump.
So here is where I'm at.. I'm running when I feel good enough during the week, which is only about 10-12 miles. The past couple of weekends I've just did one long run and ran 15 miles each time. Does anyone have any suggestions as far as where to go moving forward? I am behind in my training and am not sure how hard to push to try to get back on track. My body adapts rather slow to increases in mileage so I need to take is slow. Looking at my training schedule, I feel SO behind! I'm really hoping that the worst is behind me and I can start back to my regular running soon. This weekend is the Chili Trots Trail Run out at Lake Thunderbird and I'm going to run the 30K. I had a great-feeling 5 miles last night, so that's a start! December 8th Isle du Bois 18K (last years 50K race recap) and I can't WAIT to get back on those beautiful trails. A lot of friends are going--some running the 50K so I'll stay and cheer them in. Going to be a fun couple of weeks if my stomach will just calm down. :-)
Because I have no fun running pictures lately, I'll leave you with a picture of my new birthday kayak. Ain't she purdy?!?