Is The Numbness Here To Stay?

Song of the Post: “Fallen” by Sarah McLachlan

I started out this year planning to do at least two marathons. Well, due to MS issues in the
spring and my over training during the summer causing me to get plantar fasciitis, it didn’t happen. However, I was still able to knock out five 5ks (including a new 5k PR), two half marathons and one 10k mud run. I guess not too bad considering the circumstances. It still is hard for the competitor in me to be ok with this but I have to listen to my body.

Speaking about listening to the body, my left side is still not being very pleasant. The past week or so the numbness and pain on the left side has really flared up again. It looks as though they will be keeping me on the higher dosage of Gabapentin and giving me something else that will hopefully help. Usually I have been able to kind of push through this or just kind of blow it off but this time it is kind of dragging me down a little which is a little odd considering my training and competitive season is over. One would think it would be more mentally wearing during the training season rather than after. I can be lazy now. I can sleep in and relax. I don’t have to worry about running 10 miles tomorrow. I think it has just been a long year fighting the left side issues and it is starting to wear me down a little. Trying to stay pumped and positive that hopefully 2012 will be a marathon (and triathlon) year for me but little hard right now.

It has been over a year now since my left leg starting being numb after the Columbus Marathon last year so now I am really starting to think that my left side issues might be here to stay. We might not have a medication or treatment that will decrease it and allow me to feel “normal” for more than a few weeks. It kind of wears on me a bit and makes me wonder how my training will go next year. Will I constantly be fighting this?

I was planning on my next post being about the Columbus Half Marathon but this is what I was feeling at the time I decided to finally sit down and type so decided just to let the fingers work. Hopefully will have that post sometime this weekend.

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Ah…What’s Another Six Miles?

The Magnet On The Back Of My SUV.

Song Of the Post: “Crazy” By Gnarls Barkley

My training for the past few weeks has not gone as well as I had hoped. I definitely have had some good days however not on my long distance days which is what I really needed. I still haven’t ran over 7 miles at one time since I was injured but I think I am going to still at least attempt the half marathon on Sunday. I am pretty sure I can finish it, just fear my time will be worse than my first half marathon. Plus about six of us from my work are running in the half marathon (we even have matching shirts) but I am the only woman so I feel like I have to represent.  I need to give these guys a run for their money!

Sometimes it is hard to switch to the “just be happy you finished” mentality rather than the more competitive “I want to beat my PR” or “I want to beat him/her” mentality. Who knows maybe I will be ok…I only ran 18 miles before my first marathon and I stuck it out through over 8 more miles. So I have only ran 7 miles…what is 6 more?

Now on to triathlons…I had my first adult swim lesson tonight at my alma mater, Wittenberg University.  I swam on a swim team when I was a kid but thought this would be more helpful if I was going to really give this triathlon thing a go. I had a pretty good time but man my arms are sore. Wonder how I will feel tomorrow! I am seriously considering doing the Tiger Tri on the 22nd which will also be held at Wittenberg. It would be a ¼ mile swim, 16 mile bike and 3.2 mile run. I know I am crazy. If the half marathon kicks my butt then maybe I won’t do this but sounds like it might be an ok one for my first triathlon. We will see how I feel on Sunday or Monday. 🙂