Today was the last long run prior to the 1/2 marathon. It did not go well for me. We were slated to run for two hours and the course was between 18 km to 21 km in length. I prepared well. Hydrated myself yesterday, ate well and was in bed early last night. My last few runs have felt fabulous so I anticipated having a good run.
Why did it go sideways?
I mentioned a few posts back about this new little health surprise regarding my reproductive organs. I have a growth in my uterus and a cyst on one of my ovaries. I am slated to go back to the doctor next Tuesday. He will be feeding a camera up into my organs to have a gander and find out what’s going on. Because I have a tilted uterus I need to take a medication in order to soften the cervix.
Last night prior to bed I took the first dose and have two more to go.
I actually had quite a lengthy conversation with the pharmacist. I wanted to know if this would have an impact on my running. I asked several questions actually and some she had the answers to and others not so much. What I did learn is that this medication can induce an abortion so suffice to say, it is a powerful medication.
The pharmacist could not answer whether I should run or not. She simply told me to listen to my body. My understanding is these muscles would be in a very relaxed state, and if you are a runner then you know you engage your core muscles and these muscles are included in that mix.
Now you begin to understand my dilemma. I won’t go into the details but lets just say that a few kilometers into the run pain and cramping began. After four and half kilometers I had to give it up. I covered a 9 km course but likely walked half of it. The pain began to radiate down my legs and at one point my feet felt numb. This has never happened to me before.
At one point I wondered if perhaps my uterus would just fall out then and there. Foolish thinking I know, but it felt oddly like that at times.
It is a safe bet to say that I shouldn’t have run with this medication in my system.
I cried for a bit. I really was looking forward to this run and I was sidelined yet again.
I am curled up on my sofa now contemplating another makeup long run. I will ask the doctor on Tuesday how long it will take for my body to get back to normal. I shouldn’t think it will take that long. One can only hope.
This training session has been full of challenges. Yes, I cried in frustration today. I just needed to get it out of my system. I am the original comeback kid, don’t you know. And so I will move past this. Hopefully come Tuesday I will have a full prognosis on my condition and we can move toward remedying it.
For the time being, I will inhabit the sofa for a time.
Enjoy your day.