Great News Before The Marathon

I wasn’t planning on writing anything until after the marathon but ended up receiving some great news today. (Other then I am feeling back to normal now) I found out a few weeks ago that my insurance wasn’t going to cover the Rituxan so I applied for assistance through Genentech Access Solutions. I found out this afternoon that they will be covering the entire cost of the Rituxan! I will still have to cover the infusion clinic costs which the insurance will help cover but that was such a relief to hear! Just great news to receive two days before my marathon!

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Just 5 More Days!

Wow, I can’t believe I am finally just 5 days away from the marathon! It feels like it has been such a long journey since I wasn’t able to do any full marathons last year.  The mixture of my MS issues and running injuries just kicked my butt in 2011. Pretty excited for Saturday. I will admit there is a small part of me that is saying “And why did I want to run 26.2 miles again?”. I do remember some pain from the first marathon but overall I really enjoyed the experience.

Speaking of that pain…I never got to tell the story of my first marathon last year since I was saving it for the next time I ran a full marathon. Well, the first marathon I ran was the 2010 Columbus Marathon which was on a Sunday in mid October. I had trained throughout the summer and was pumped for the marathon. Then came Friday morning just two days before the marathon. I wasn’t feeling well as I was getting ready for work and all of a sudden threw up in a trash can. I was a little worried at this point but thought it was probably just food poisoning. I stayed home from work in the morning and just tried eating the basic things like crackers, toast, and chicken soup. Was feeling a little better so headed to work in the afternoon and then had a basic dinner Friday night.

I woke up the day before the marathon and now things were going right through me. Not really helpful when you need to build up nutrients for your 26.2 mile run the next morning. I was pretty upset this time and called my Mom to discuss things since they were planning to drive me the next morning. We decided to go to the store to get some Pediasure (suggested by a running friend) and few other things packed full of nutrients that we thought I would be able to handle. So my lunch before my big marathon was Pediasure and I believe I also drank some juices in the afternoon. By dinner time I was feeling a little more normal and attempted some pasta which seemed to do just fine. Looks like I was back in the race!

The morning of the race came and I didn’t really get much sleep (not uncommon for most people) but I was ready to go. I had my cereal and yogurt and felt great.  We live about a hour away from Columbus so we had to get up pretty early and made it to the starting line a little later then I had planned but we made it. The first 13 miles were a little frustrating because there were just so many people but then when the half marathon turned off and the full route kept going straight you all a sudden felt very lonely. I felt pretty good until about the 19thmile where I stopped and stretched for a few minutes. I was starting to hit that infamous “wall”. It was hard but I was able to push myself through the remaining seven miles and finish in a time of 4:23:43. I was really hoping to take no longer then 4:30 and I made it with little over six minutes to spare!

Relaxing after the race in my sweats trying to warm up.

Right now it looks like I shouldn’t have any issues this week but who knew I would be sick with food poisoning or something just two days before my first marathon! Just hoping that I don’t have any issues leading up to the marathon and definitely hoping to beat my time of 4:23:43!

Swimming Pool 3, Me 0

Ok, so I think I mentioned before that I started up the swimming classes again. I really find them helpful and keep me practicing my swimming. I am currently in the middle of week three of classes and have noticed that I am little more clumsy this time.

First week did great during the first class, felt like I didn’t even take off the few months from the last set of classes. During the second class I pulled a muscle on the bottom of my left foot while I was pushing off the wall. Wasn’t anything terrible but I wasn’t able to do a few things during the rest of class.

Second week we did a lot of back stroke work. During one exercise I was trying to go fast and ran my head into the wall. Didn’t learn from this and shortly after hit my forearm on the edge of the pool. So I might have been trying to go to quickly and not slowing down when I should have.

This week I actually have bruising and pain that didn’t go away a hour or so after class. Last night we were working on IMs (all four strokes) and I was determined to try to do the Fly for the entire length of the pool. (Before I would have the rhythm down but lose it about half way) I started really good and seemed to be keeping the rhythm this time. When i had about a third of the lap done the women in front of me were coming back down the left side doing the back stroke. I didn’t want to hit them so I was “hugging” the rope more and smacked my hand into the plastic about three or four times.

Knuckle bruising from hitting lane rope

Needless to say it didn’t feel very good. I did better the next few times doing the fly but ended up hitting the rope a few more times. Then later I also noticed bruising on my wrist. Don’t remember when I did that but it showed up around the same time.

So lesson learned…try to avoid rope/plastic lane dividers as much as possible. I had hit them before but never had it hurt more than a few minutes. Hoping I won’t be so accident prone for my remaining seven classes! Off to ice and take more ibuprofen!.

PS – Yes, I have always been the girl who is proud of her interesting bruises, scrapes and scars. Always had to show off my soccer ball imprints on my legs, my bruised sprained ankles, and large scrapes from slide tackling during the soccer season. Drove my mom nuts. 🙂

18 Miles And A 20° Temperature Change

Yesterday was my day to run 18 miles. The day started a little earlier then planned again thanks to my two male huskies. It always seems like it is one of the males that wakes me up, may be my female, Zoe, understands a girl needs her beauty sleep. Anyways, was planning on getting up at 5:30am so I could get the 18 miles in by 10am so I had a little down time before our family get together in the afternoon. Well Chico, the oldest male, moved around and did something to shake the bed and woke me up a little after 4:30am. I decided just to turn over and go back to sleep but Phoenix was right there with his nose in my face, staring at me. Oh, the joys of having dogs.

Well, decided to just go with getting up early and headed out on the run around 6:30am when it was about 28° outside. I really don’t like getting up early but I do enjoy having the streets mainly to myself when I run. Just when I hit the four mile mark I head into a local park where I run about 5 miles of my run. As the sun was starting to rise quite a bit I came along one of the ponds in the park where the ducks mainly stay the most. There was a mist over the water and the sun was coming up over the trees. I tried to get a few pictures with my iPhone but they didn’t really do it justice. Here is one so you at least get the idea.

The rest of the run was pretty uneventful (which is usually good).  When I finished it was about 50°. Quite a temperature change! Had my smoothie, 45 minute nap, walked my dogs then off to Cincinnati to celebrate Easter with my family. It was a long day! I was knocked out last night. Less than three weeks away until the Derby Festival Marathon! Overall pretty excited with an occasional thought of why am I running 26.2 miles again?