Reluctantly Moving Forward

Week #2 of Chicago Marathon training is in the books. 104 days until the big day.

It’s gone pretty well. It’s actually gone much better than I ever thought when I first found out that I had to have colon surgery. It’s been so hot and humid that I do most of my weekday runs on the treadmill. The longer runs I try to do outside. It’s not easy in the summer but I’ve been there and if you can make it through summer training, you can complete the marathon.

I hate treadmill running but I have found ways to make it work better for me and maybe even better than outside running. I have a great treadmill and can use iFit and iRunMaps to run anywhere in the world. But I am able to adjust speed to get more speed into my runs. I can adjust the incline to mimic hills. I have the Chicago Marathon route programed into it to try soon. At least segments of it.

And it’s also the end of week #2 of the “21 Day No Junk Food Challenge.”

I’ve lost weight and feel great except from some stomach pain around my belly button. Sometimes, I’m not sure if running is good for it at this point but the surgeon said it wouldn’t hurt and I have to train, right?

My long run this week was 6 miles scheduled for Saturday but I did it Friday due to the Macklind Mile in St. Louis on Saturday. It’s a popular yearly 1 mile run where people from all over try for the PR. There are many in the elite group who did it at a 4 minute pace. Amazing to me. I did it at 10:19 which is the slowest that I’ve done it in my 4 years of participating. It was humid and I was sore from the 6 miles on Friday and had some pain discomfort. It’s harder than you think.

Week 3 Chicago Marathon Training

*the pink is my planned miles and the purple are alternatives if I choose*

I got to spend a few hours with Daniel and Sadie this time. We didn’t do our usually stay over because Daniel was scheduled to leave for summer camp on Sunday morning.

This is the first time that Daniel will be staying away from home for more than a night except staying with relatives. I can’t believe my baby is growing up. He was so excited about camp. We can’t have any contact with him except through snail mail. I’m so anxious about it because I am an overprotectant grandmother! But I am super proud of him, even though I’m not ready for him to grow up. We will go pick him up next Saturday morning. I am so sure he will have so many things to talk about.

I always wanted to go to summer camp but my mom and dad couldn’t afford to send us so we are so happy he has this chance. These experiences will last a lifetime with him.

Saying Goodbye to Sadie today at Camp

I so enjoy these kids. I am going to plan some more days so I can hang out with them more. I have so much vacation time at work that why would I not do what makes me the happiest?

In 59 more days, we leave on our yearly trip to Santa Cruz. We usually stay about 9 or 10 days but this year we cut it a bit shorter. We will be there 7 nights. We usually are ready to go home before the 9 days are over anyway. We miss our dogs that is becomes almost unbearable. And marathon training is going on.

In a few years, I plan to be living there with my family J

Our View in Santa Cruz from our Suite

~Peace Out~

Back 2 Good

It’s been a while since I last blogged.

It’s been almost 4 weeks from today that I had my sigmoid colectomy. They were able to do it laparoscopically with a few incisions in my stomach and one of them around my belly button was about 4 inches long which screwed up my pretty belly button that the plastic surgeon gave me in December 2013. L The surgeon removed 1 foot of my colon and an infected ovary. I was told that I had about 5 ft. of colon originally. So no biggie to just have 4 ft….I guess!??

My hospital stay was about 2 days shorter than the average person for that surgery. Doctors and nurses were impressed with my recovery. I wasn’t because I have a high bar set for myself! J I like to think my being a runner had something to do with that.

All my pathology tests came back good which I had stressed about.

My first days home as well as into the next week were miserable. I was in pain, lonely, frustrated and depressed. I honestly got a bit attached to the oxycodone that I was prescribed for pain. I felt like I was going downhill after all the progress that I had made to get myself healthy by losing 100+ lbs. and becoming a runner.

The 3rd week, Daniel came to Columbia for “Camp MyMy” as we call it. He calls me MyMy. That may have been one of the better weeks of my life. I adore being with Daniel. I feel good all over when he is with me. I could write a book on this week but I’ll spare any reader that I might have.

We fished, read books to each other, roasted hotdogs, made s’mores, played at the swimming pool, set up the tent in the backyard and camped out a couple of nights. We visited all the places he loves in Columbia both to play and to eat.

He was born here and lived about 4 and half years of his life right up the street from me.

With Daniel here, I quickly got off the pain medicine and enjoyed my time with him. I healed both mentally and physically. We took him home last Sunday and I have cried off and on since. I don’t think that is normal or what a grandma should do, but being with him is like a drug to me. So I have gone through some Daniel withdrawal.

I’m off the narcotics completely and I won’t go into it but that was about to get bad.

Yesterday was his birthday and I didn’t get to see him. He had other family from out of state up to visit so Kevin and I stayed in Columbia. I facetimed with him but that is not even close to being with him.

Daniel leaves for summer camp next weekend for a week. I think that will be a wonderful experience for him. We will go up next Friday night and spend some time with Daniel and Sadie before he leaves.

I started back to work this past Monday. Sunday night I dreaded it but I actually felt good and energetic. So many people commented on how good I looked. I had lost some weight and plus I was very tanned from hanging out at the pool with Daniel! J I could tell my co-workers were very surprised that I did look and act so healthy.

I started a “21 day No Junk Food Challenge” and “Chicago Marathon Training” on Monday. I completed all 4 of my runs and have had no junk food. I had to do a couple of my runs on the treadmill due to the heat and my colon adjusting to having a foot of itself cut out! Ha-ha

The surgeon said that it would be about 6 months before everything was back to normal. But it’s a minor issue at this point so I can live with it.

I feel better now than I’ve felt in 6 or 7 months. And I’ve lost about 7 lbs. and have no bloating anymore. Which had become a very big issue with me in the last few months.

Yesterday, Kevin and I ran 5 miles on the trails with fully loaded camelbacks. I’m not crazy about running with encumbrances but it was nice to have water so handy all the time. And it’s probably a good thing to have especially on 8+ mile long runs in this heat.

One good thing about training in the summer for a marathon is by the time Oct 9 comes, I will have run through the worst of times. That is how it was on my first marathon.

I moved my original training up one week due to our yearly vacation to Santa Cruz, CA. I can’t imagine getting my ass off the beach long enough to do a 16 mile run!

I will run daily there. We are even registered a 4k “Run By the Sea.” We did it last year and Kevin placed 2nd in his age group! I didn’t do well because I stopped a few times to take pictures of the sea lions laying on the beach and the breathtaking views.

I do love a daily run on the beach. We also usually get in a couple of street runs along the coastline.

#ChicagoMarathon #111DAYS

That’s all for now.

~Happy Father’s Day~