Reinventing the plan, California here I come!

Last week I had my 1st track workout in 5 wks without an asthma attack. Yippee!! Now the real test has begun to get back on track with all my workouts and hope the asthma holds and the aches and pains are just that and not sprouting into injuries. I really need to see where I am at with my fitness.

When JT offered me the opportunity to join him and a few other Bandidos in CA to do a time trial I was thrilled. This was exactly what I needed to assess my readiness for Twin Cities. But 1st there would be one more challenge (really???).

During a visit with Dr Ball he pressed on my lower abdominal area where I was having some slight pain/discomfort. A sharp pain made me almost jump off the table. I am thinking what the heck is that?? He had the same opinion. He suggested I run Wed and come back later that day. Same reaction. Repeat run/visit. Thursday with less than 24hrs to go until CA he suggested I get to urgent care and get an ultrasound to rule out anything too traumatic. Thursday evening at urgent care some concern over if it was an ovarian cyst (had one last year). Fri am arrive early for ultra sound in hopes of being done quick since JT would be at my house soon. The tech was great she assured me it was not a cyst on the right side. I figured with that knowledge I could go to CA and try my run then followup next week with Dr Ball so we could figure out what was going on.

Jt, Amy, Christina and Jad pull up in this sweet mack daddy huge van that I spend most of the drive stretched out in the back resting!! I was so pumped to be heading to Cali with these awesome runners and prove to myself that I was ready. My mind had been visualizing success at Twin Cities for weeks now. I still wonder how I was able to be so positive despite all the hurdles.

I almost cried tears of joy when we got out of the van with a temp of about 71. I forgot what that felt like. Sat morning we headed to the beach for an easy run and to scope out our plans for Sat. We arrived at the beach to pouring rain. Well at least it was cool! 6 easy miles a few strides and dripping wet we climbed back in the van. We dried off best we could and got some breakfast then back to the condo for some rest. Run, eat, rest, eat I could get used to this routine!!! I decided this would be called the Bandido Beach Run. We were all going to PR and win our age group!!

That night we made an awesome carb loading dinner and arranged all of our stuff. The next morning I woke up with excitement and a feeling of let’s get r done!! Weather could not have been more perfect at the beach. My plan was to run 15 miles at 615. JT was going faster 6min pace but Amy, Christina and Jad would be with me. All I needed to do was stick with these guys. Again I was so blessed that JT gave me this chance to succeed!

Mile 1 started out great but I could tell my breathing was a little off. I kept telling myself just stick with them and get in the zone. Mile 2 no zone yet. Mile 3 wow this is way harder than it should feel. Mile 4 dropping off 632 pace, crap ok hold on just a bad mile. Mile 5 just can’t run any faster 652 followed by a sharp pain in my hip. Ok I am done, just don’t have it. JT came flying by and I shouted him cheers of good luck while holding back my tears. I turned around did and easy mile and tried one last time as all the pain entered my hip and my breathing was off I knew it was over.

It hit my like a brick wall I am not going to Twin Cities! I stared out at the Pacific Ocean as my mind filled with sadness and doubt, will I ever make it to another marathon this year so I can run the qualifying time?? I know I can run a 245 marathon just need to be injury/asthma free.

I wanted to curl up in a fetal position in the sand and cry but I knew I just needed to make a new plan. Dec 4 California International Marathon in Sacramento.

I ran easy back to the van. I waited in excitement as my friends all nailed their runs. I cheered them on not wanting to put a damper on their success. Amy and JT are so ready to rock it at TC and Chicago. We all ran into the waves and enjoyed the cool water. I grabbed a few shells to remember this day.

Later on the phone I explained to coach John what happened. We brainstormed a few ideas for the next few weeks. Alterg G treadmill and other cross training. As long as I have a plan I am good to do.

My son Josh had some red, white and blue balloons for me when I got home. He said congrats for your big race mommy. Holding back the tears I thanked him and told him no marathon in 3wks. He embraced me in a big hug and said “Big dreams take hard work and you have been working really hard mommy! It is better to work hard at your dream then sit and just think about your dreams” Ah what thoughts from a 9yr old. I am blessed to be a good example for my kids who I know will always chase their dreams.

What happened made it clear I lost fitness during my battle to overcome all my challenges. I can honestly say I tried my hardest. Now I need to try harder to stay mentally positive and focused as I create my new plan. “It is not what happens to you that counts it is what you do about it”

Visited Dr Ball Mon and told him the story of my epic crash and burn. He thinks I may have a sports hernia and is referring me to a specialist. Ah one more dr on my quest to get tot he Olympic Trials.

Took down the Twin Cities course map and put up CIM course map. Katherine looked at the 2 and said “Wow mom look at all the downhill at the end of CIM! That looks easier than Twin Cities”. My thoughts exactly. Whenever us girls run a race and we go down a hill we scream “Wheeee!” Guess what I will be doing Dec 4 in Sacramento “Whee” all the way to the finish clock reading 2:45!


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