Monday, April 23, 2012

On My Way to Seattle!

Today I am headed to Seattle for work.  I get in this afternoon and before I head north to Whidbey Island for a meeting and to conduct a site visit, I am meeting up with some friends for a run.    I  have a busy week with work stuff and for catching up with Seattle friends.  It is going to be great to see everyone, I miss them a lot!
I also am so excited to run in cool weather at sea level……

Last week I got in just over 36 miles.  Not quite 40 as I would have liked nor did I get in a good track or tempo workout, but it will have to do. 
Yesterday Jeff and I did our long run in the late afternoon so that I can get used to running in warm weather.  My legs felt really good and I had no trouble with breathing, but stomach issues came back with a vengeance.

I used to have tons a trouble with my stomach (at one time I was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease but that doctor was an idiot and another doctor said I only had IBS) and running was always a crapshoot, literally.  I would have to plan my runs so that there was a bathroom within a mile or was in a remote area so I could go anywhere.  My stomach got better over time (it got used to the distance running) and I haven’t had a lot of issues in a few years.

Yesterday my stomach didn’t feel right from the start, but I powered through it and got all the way to mile 12, about a mile away from home, when I had to make a decision.
  1. Keep running and crap my pants.
  2. Stop and pull down my pants and go right next to the paved running trail, risk being seen by pedestrians.
  3. Clench and walk it 1 mile back home.
I chose option 3 and that mile felt like a marathon.  I looked like a freakshow doing the clench shuffle walk and was horrified that I might not make it.  Luckily, I made it home without an embarrassing incident.  The rest of the night I still felt sick and couldn’t even eat dinner.  Ugh, I hate stomach issues.  Lets hope that was an isolated occurrence.

1 comment:

Laura Hugo said...

Hi Barb,
I just saw your comment on my blot about running together in Denver, and I think we'd be excellent training partners because: 1) we both have two dogs that we adore, 2) we both participated in college sports that were not track & field/XC, and 3) our paces/goals look very similar! Let me know when you're back in Denver and we can tackle some hills together.

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