This has been a wonderful and an awful week, all wrapped together. So many highs and lows over the past 9 days since my last Team Challenge update. If you’ve been following along with The Stolen Colon, you know that I have been having some issues with my ostomy this week and made two separate trips to UNC Hospitals to see my surgeon. But that’s only part of the story.
Up until about a week ago, training had been good. I was staying dedicated to waking up at 5 a.m. to run, bike and swim. I actually made it through last week’s training plan right on schedule: three days of running, two days of cross-training and a day of active recovery and another day of rest. And that was even with my stomach issues that started creeping up.
Sunday was the first group run. I got together with four other lovely ladies for a four-mile run. It was a beautiful day outside, but I was having some major issues with my ostomy at that point. If I wasn’t the one trying to organize the run, I probably would’ve said I couldn’t make it. But I told everyone that I would do what I could, but said to keep going if I had to stop. I was actually pretty impressed that I could keep up a good bit of the time.
I stayed pace for about the first mile and a quarter, but then had to drop back to a brisk walk. Since it was an out and back route, I waited at the 1.75 mile mark and turned back with the girls then. And I lasted about the same that time, lagging behind for the final half-mile. So I still made it about 3.5 miles, which is perfectly fine with me.
But ever since then, things have been really rough. Tuesday and Wednesday were the days I went to the hospital, but even if not, I wouldn’t have been able to run. I have been having major pain up the back of my legs and my butt. And I mean seriously bad pain. To the point that I’m having trouble walking just normally. The hardest part is that I don’t why it’s hurting so much. I always stretch really well after each run, making sure to pay special attention to those areas. And I’ve been foam rolling a lot, too. Even though I haven’t been running, every day this week, I’ve done a quick cardio workout and a good stretch, but it hasn’t gotten any better. At this point, I’m just hoping to be able to run at all on Sunday.
But despite all of the negative this week, there have been some great parts, too. Like tonight, I got the opportunity to meet another one of the Team Challenge participants. She lives out east, so we picked a spot in the middle and met up for coffee. It was so nice to hear her story and talk to her about her dogs and the training and fundraising. It made me even more excited for the coming weeks leading up to the race.
Even though I’m a little frustrated at the wrench that’s been thrown in my training this week, I’m hoping to be able to get back into the groove soon and looking forward to a better week. And if anyone knows how to help with this muscle pain, I’m all ears!!