Shout Out!

I just wanted to give a quick shout out to a woman who has MS, is fighting cancer, running, knitting like crazy and a mother all at the same time. Her name is Danelle and she emailed me a week or so telling me her story. Definitely check her out sometime at wipninja.com! You can learn how to do all this and kick ass all at the same time! Wish her luck with her fight against cancer! (You can take care of the MS next :-))

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Little False Advertising Here

As we all know I haven’t been running. However, I decided to be a spectator tomorrow at the Air Force Marathon in Dayton, Ohio and cheer on my friends. I decided to take a half day at work today and a friend invited me to go with him to the Expo to see if that would help put me in a better “running mood”. Well, one of my other friends running the race said I needed to look at the back of the Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon sheet because he thought I would find it funny. I walked round the Expo (found $10 arm warmers!!) but I didn’t see their booth until the end. I looked at the back and I didn’t get what my friend found funny. It just seemed normal to me. (He is a guy so I had in my mind it was some stupid joke that usually guys enjoy but usually us ladies don’t care for, you know the ones.) I texted my friend and he told me what he found funny.

Flyer For The Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon

Flyer For The Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon

For those of you who don’t remember or are just recent readers, I ran the Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon in the spring of 2012. I started out great but the hills at the end of the course killed me. Majority of the race is flat but where there are hills…there are hills. I thought the elevation chart was pretty misleading or not detailed enough. So, knowing this he thought I would find their first line fairly funny (or at least he did). I looked at their website and the course is still the same but it looks like the elevation chart is a little better. A little better. What do you think?

I am still here…well, kind of…

I know I have been quiet for quite a while now. I have been trying to find the time, energy and right mood to actually write a post. This hasn’t been an easy thing to come by the past few months.

After my quarter marathon and marathon relay in May, I decided to take some time off to heal the knee and other minor injuries I was fighting. Well, that time off was suppose to be about a month. Right now it is still indefinite. The first month or so I was feeling pretty normal and had a lot of things going on. I went to the Bonnarroo Music Festival in Tennessee in June and I was a bridesmaid in one of my best friend’s wedding in July. It was in July when I started to notice some MS symptoms really staying around and not going away. Of course work did get more stressful in July which has not helped the MS situation either.¬†To this day I am still having MS symptoms everyday, usually in my left arm, left leg and left side of my face. We have increased my meds (again) but I am still having issues. I go back for a check up in a little over a week and something needs to change. I can’t run or workout which takes away one of my big stress relievers and mood boosters.

It’s been hard staying positive but hearing every once in a while from my readers (aka you ūüôā ) lifts my spirits. Keep running and moving! I hope to be out there with you again soon! ūüôā Until then I will try to check in every once in a while to update everyone on my status or to share some interesting MS info. Good luck out there!

It’s Been Rough…

Hello, remember me? It’s been a while so wasn’t so sure you would remember me. The past few months have definitely been a roller coster which is mainly due to my lovely frenemy, MS. This winter was pretty rough. It seemed like I basically crashed after my Europe trip and struggled to recover for a very long time. I even had a day with the family at the Air Force Museum and I spent the entire day in a wheelchair due to issues walking. It was a fun day but a hard day for me emotionally. I actually cried shortly after I sat down in the wheelchair for the first time that day.

There were a lot of times I thought “I need to sit down and write about this” but I think the depression and exhaustion won over. Now I feel there is so much I could have written about and now I forget most of it. I guess in a way you could look at that as a good thing, but you always want to remember what you have survived so you know in the future what you can conquer.

This spring I was finally able to pull myself out of the depression, get my MS back on track and start running again. Running does wonders for my state of mind but right now I am struggling with what it has done to me physically. I was originally planning on running the Capital City Quarter Marathon on May 4th, a leg of the Flying Pig Marathon Relay on May 5th, and Grandma’s Marathon on June 22nd. Well, the first two happened but I will have to pull out of Grandma’s Marathon this year because I developed a knee injury the last mile or so of my leg at the marathon relay. Not what I wanted to have happen on my come back from one of the worst winters of my life but that’s life. My knee isn’t horrible, I can still run shorter distances however my knee is not happy with me afterwards. I am going to take about a month to work on this injury and hopefully come back strong for the Air Force Half Marathon and possibly the Columbus Marathon in the fall.

Europe…that has been a hard looming subject of things I need to write about. This winter I was in a fairly dark place so I decided I wanted to write about that when I felt more like myself and could have fun with it. I felt if I wrote about it in the winter I would just want to rush it because I was in pain or I wanted to go to sleep…not what I wanted to do on something big like that. I hope in the next month or so I will be able to write about my trip to Europe in my normal voice.

Well, that is enough typing on the back porch for once evening. I think even my three huskies are starting to get a little bored. Guess there isn’t much going on in backyard here tonight.

My Flying Pig Marathon Relay team below. (As you can see I am rocking the ice on my knee already. ūüôā )

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My Ode To Numbness

Numbness…I never asked you to stay
Yet here you are day after day
You started in the leg, then the arm and now the face
I really want you to get the hell out of this place
I really wish you would leave so I felt better
I would even promise to write you a letter
It would even be great if you just let me run
I know most don’t believe me but it can be quite fun
I don’t mean to be rude but I really wouldn’t miss you a bit
Actually…if no one was looking I would probably give you a punch and a hit
So I really would like if you thought it over, the part about you leaving you see
Because you really aren’t¬†nice to¬†live with, but that could¬†be just¬†me

Demons And Steroids…

Well, needless to say I have been pretty quiet lately. I am kicking myself for still not posting about my trip yet but I think I have been fighting some inner demons since the end of November which in turn has given me some writers block. (Funny since I am really just retelling my life, I am not trying to write a short story for English class or something.) I am sure the clinical diagnosis would be something like mild depression but I have been referring to it as inner demons. In December my running decreased to try to “repair” my hips, stress at work increased and numbness/pain on the left side increased. Obviously not a good combination to try to fight your demons.

Two weeks ago life got even more difficult. Since¬†I had been struggling with the numbness and pain on the left side for a few weeks my neurologist decided to prescribe me the fun five days of steroids. The last few times¬†I had steroids it was only a three-day¬†round however the last time I¬†did have a five-day¬†dose¬†I don’t remember having the difficulties¬†I had this last week. Every night I average¬†5-6 hours of sleep (I am use to getting at least 8 hours). I am not sure if the stress of work added to the lack of sleep but the mix of taking the steroids and lack of sleep really¬†messed with me during the day. It ended up pushing me to my limits and¬†I had to call my Mom to come over to help me take care of my three crazy huskies one night. I just had zero energy and I felt like I couldn’t even take care of myself. Just going to the next room felt like someone¬†asked me to run a marathon.¬†I did end up making it through the work week and caught up on sleep that weekend.

The beginning of this week I felt like I was starting to feel normal again except that¬†I was still having the numbness and pain on the left side. I was making it through the week with the sleeping fairly well¬† but still feeling worn down. Wednesday I started feeling some pretty bad sinus pressure on the left side of my head and I thought it was just due¬†to our lovely Ohio weather.¬†It continued into Thursday and it started to feel a little more intense in the early afternoon. At this time I started to feel numbness¬†in my cheek and occasionally¬†in my month and tongue. This¬†freaked me out a little as I had never had my tongue go numb. I called my neurologist¬†office and left a message that I wanted to speak to someone about¬†this. I wasn’t sure what was going on but thought I probably had some sinus issues and it was just putting pressure on a nerve that has already been damaged by…well, me (or I guess really my body attacking¬†my nerves because for¬†some reason it doesn’t like them). ¬†Well, after talking to someone at my neurologist¬†office it turns out I am having another relapse but one that is focused more on the left side of my head. We came to this conclusion because of my symptoms and that I wasn’t having any drainage or cold-like symptoms so we basically eliminated the actual sinus issues.

I was a little upset after hearing it was probably another relapse. I was also upset to hear that they strongly suggested that I take it easy this weekend if possible. I tried to take it easy but it is hard for me to sit still especially when there are things to do, which there always are in my house. Plus I really wanted to get back to running this weekend. Well, tomorrow is the start of a new work week and hopefully can I focus on getting more sleep this week. And maybe finally posingt about my trip to Europe! New Post: Paris!

First night in Paris (And oddly enough me on only one hour of sleep and feeling pretty good. It was probably the Paris high or something.)

First night in Paris (And oddly enough me on only one hour of sleep and feeling pretty good. It was probably the Paris high or something.)

I Made It Back In One Piece…

My trip to Europe (well Paris, Dresden, Berlin and London) was awesome! I think at times I still can’t believe all the things I saw and experienced. I am not even going to try to fit it all in one post so I am going to try to break it up over the next few posts for you guys (also means more pictures ūüôā ). Here is the abridged version of the trip itinerary so you have an idea of what lies ahead in future posts:

Friday, October 12th – Leave for Paris

Saturday, October 13th – Arrive in Paris at 9:45am (3:45am EST – my normal time)

Thursday, October 18th – Train ride from Paris to Dresden

Sunday, October 21st – Dresden Marathon

Tuesday, October 23rd – Train ride from Dresden to Berlin

Thursday, October 25th – Flight from Berlin to London

Monday, October 29th – Head home – Arrive in Montreal, Canada but last two flights canceled, have to spend the night in Montreal. :-/

Tuesday, October 30th – Finally¬†Home ūüôā

As you can see it was a fairly long and crazy trip especially for my first trip to Europe. Not sure what I was thinking with this one but my sister seemed to be ok with this craziness. My sister, Sara¬†(an experienced traveler), helped guide me through my first, and hopefully not last, trip to Europe with her guide books and travel knowhow. I guess for some reason I didn’t put together what¬†her Bachelors in History and her over ten years of work experience in history museums would really mean for me in Europe: a lot of museums. The girl is crazy about museums but we did see some other things too.¬†I also believe she passed¬†the¬†love for international travel on to me too¬†since before we even got back home we were having discussions on where I would run my next international marathon. ūüôā

Well, I think with this post I will leave the crowd wanting more…mainly because I think if I keep typing I will start talking too much about the trip and not know where to stop but¬†also the hips are not happy from the 5k I ran on Sunday so i need to stop to do some stretching and icing before bed. Next post, Paris. ūüôā

Eiffel Tower