Well as Facebook told me this morning – I have 50 days left of training until October 28, 2018, when I will toe the line in Washington D.C. to run the Marine Corps Marathon. On one hand, I am getting excited – I have officially entered the 50 mile a week zone, which to me means I am “really training”. On the other hand – I ONLY have 50 days to go and that is a little daunting.
This past week’s weather has been pretty good if I am being honest AND the weather for my 16 miler yesterday was almost perfect. Cloudy and cool with a bit of a breeze – I wish I could bottle that weather up and release it on October 28th.
This week also marked another first for me – my 1st colonoscopy. If you have been following along you know that I have been struggling with some GI since July. All of the blood work and stool samples I gave came back negative (a good thing) and the FODMAP diet I was told to try also did not
I was able to rearrange my training around my colonoscopy and actually took the day off when I had it since I was in NO condition to run one step, let alone 4 miles.
The prep itself was relatively painless – much better than the horror stories I read about online. I won’t lie – the drink to “get things going” tastes pretty horrible but it was tolerable when I mixed it with Lemon Lime Gatorade. I was only on a clear liquid diet for a day and don’t know how people can live on such a diet – broth, vanilla protein shakes, seltzer, jello (no red) were the name of the game – so I was glad when I went for my appointment.
Pro-tip – make sure you get an appointment as early as possible – mine was a
It was also some of the best sleep I have had – I remember saying that I was not sure it was going to work when they brought me back and the next thing I remember was waking up in recovery.
They took some biopsy’s for testing but the biggest surprise (and relief) was that they actually found something wrong with me. I know I should not be too excited to say that BUT my biggest fear was them giving me a clean bill of health when that is not how I am feeling.
So – what is the diagnosis you might ask?
Ulcerative colitis (UC) – A chronic, inflammatory bowel disease that causes inflammation in the digestive tract.
The doctor did say that I did not have a severe case and it is only affecting the lower part of my colon. He put me on two medications to try and stop the inflammation (and pooping) that I have been experiencing. He also wants me to be dairy-free (good-bye pizza and
So I have basically been training with an autoimmune disease for a couple of months and did not even realize it. Coach asked me how I wanted to proceed and I told him that at this point I still want to train and race on October 28th – but that might mean adjusting what my goals will be.
And while I am glad to have an answer – it has left me with so many more questions that I am only just learning about. The internet is a great tool but there is so much good (and not so 2 pm) information out there.
I am sure I will delve more into UC in the future but right now I just need to learn what I can to minimize its effects and heal myself from this flare that I have been (unknowingly) experiencing.
So without further ado –
Marine Corps Marathon Training Log – Week 10
Monday – 6.5 miles easy
It was a hot one out there today – I had to bag it after 6.5 due to the heat and GI issues I experienced in broad daylight (no bueno)
Tuesday – Quality Session (2mile warm up; 1x25min (8:06); 10x45sec hills(75sec jog)
I will take this workout for a win! 25 minute block ended up being 8:03 AND no GI issues on the track!
Wednesday – 7 miles easy
Thursday – Off
Friday – 8 miles easy
I took advantage of having a pretty clean GI tract (and the introduction of medication into my system) and it was pretty successful – weather cooled off
Saturday – 2.5 hours easy (16.25 miles) This was another workout win in my book! Longest run since before I tore my labrum in my left hip last year. I felt pretty good throughout and made sure to make breakfast the night before so I just had to take it out of the fridge and eat it (along with coffee of course). One small bathroom break but not as bad as it’s been – maybe the medication is starting to work! By the end I was tired and a bit sore but glad I passed this milestone!
Sunday – 4 miles Easy
50 degrees and breezy! I almost changed to a long sleeve shirt as I was (dare I say a bit chily).
I love this weather – running in capris and a short sleeve shirt is my favorite.
AND after running 16 miles yesterday (and getting adjusted at my chiropractor) I did not feel as sore as I thought and busted out some speedy miles!