SUNNY day on the trail, killer stomach ache and HOT!!
Since late in 2008 I have had odd stomach pains, debilitating fetal position lower abdomen pains. I went to a specialist the end of the year, had an endoscopy, ultrasound and other tests done. The Doctor, who reminded me of one of the "Others" from LOST with his dark circles under his eyes, said "Mam, I don't think you need further testing." OK, ummmmm, so why does my stomach hurt then?
I never got that answer, so off and on I get the pains. And 95% of the time it is on Wednesday, WEIRD!! I have kept food journals, tried to pin point environmental and stress factors, NOTHING. So yesterday it was Wednesday and I brought my friend "Stomach pain" on my run.
What do you do on race day if you are sick?
What if it hurts really badly?
What if you feel like you can't make it one more step?
Who knew that training while sick would be good for me. The pain came and went, I tried to focus on my music and form. Thankfully the path I took was lush and green, the ivy and full leaves on the trees were AMAZING!! At one point I felt I was in an Amazon jungle, shaded by large overgrown weaving branches.
My peace and serenity was quickly followed by a creepy 25 yard jaunt under an bridge overpass. At 6 feet tall I do not generally worry about being taken out by lurking weirdos, but this section was SCARY!! I sped up. Visions of a cereal killer trying to stuff my lanky body in a trunk crept into my mind, MORBID I know. Sorry about that! I am pretty darn sure that any psycho would see me as too much of a challenge to tackle.
I finished my run and felt much better afterward.... Mind over matter. Mind over sickness. What if I am sick on race day??? I pray that I won't be, but if I am I will RUN....