Red Light, Green Light

Today I ventured out on my third run since being given the green light from my ENT surgeon, and let me tell you…to say I struggled through the measly 3 miles is an understatement.

I’ve been feeling relatively good for the past few days and today was no exception. I was eager to get out and hit the pavement with my sis-in-law in the rare sunshiny weather we were having this morning. The run started off pretty good, all uphill as most runs with my sis-in-law tend to do (she loves hills), until around the 1-mile mark when I began to get the taste of blood in the back of my throat UH OH RED LIGHT! My first feeling was extreme frustration, I just want to be back to normal already! The second feeling was anxiety, I immediately started worrying about my throat, wondering if I had caused some kind of bleed where the tissue was trying to heal. And immediately after that nausea followed, enough so that I had to finish the 3-mile run doing run/walk splits. Since my run this morning my throat at the surgical site has been feeling pretty gnarly, scratchy, and whenever I’m eating or drinking it’s giving me that all too familiar feeling of intense stinging. I’m hoping that this is just a minor issue and the optimist inside of me believes that I’ll be back to feeling fabulous in the morning. The realist inside of me isn’t so sure.

As May 1st looms dangerously close I’m really starting to feel the panic, I have 8 weeks to get into tip top shape to conquer the Vancouver BMO half marathon!!! YIKES! My plan is to stick to a strict 6-day per week workout schedule and to do my best not to psych myself out and remain extremely positive! Eating right, sleeping right (well if you know me, that means trying to get more than 4 hours of sleep/night), staying hydrated and motivated will all be key in these next few weeks. I’m a strong believer in the saying that you can do anything you put your mind to; and that’s exactly what I plan on doing! 🙂

xoxo, MLL

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