A week ago, I was struck down with some gastro-intestinal…something. After 3 days of not being able to eat / breathe well / sleep, I ended up in urgent care for some relief (say what you will, but having access to Italy’s healthcare system is one of the reasons I love living in Italy). On day 6, I finally was able to spend the entire day out of bed, even if I still was eating only rice, crackers, and water.
I’ll be honest one of the first things I thought about when I started feeling bad was the 1/2 marathon I’m training for at the end of the month. The past week I haven’t left my bed nor my apartment much, much less exercised. A few days of eating only 300-500 calories has left me seriously weak and wondering what that means for July 29th which is quickly approaching. On Day 4 sitting at a computer made me break out in a sweat.
On Day 7 (today while I’m writing this), my outlook is a lot more optimistic. I already know I won’t be able to do the long run planned for this Sunday, only one of 3 long runs left before the half marathon. I should be tapering soon, even. But the reality is I may not even be able to do a short run by Sunday. I haven’t had any protein for a week, and I know the weight I’ve lost in the meantime is all water and hard-earned muscle.
But I will be participating in the SF Half Marathon as planned. One, because I’ve already paid. Two, because I know I’ll feel better in 3 weeks than I do now, and if the going gets bad, I can just stop running, and walk. Or stop walking, and stop completely. I’m no longer hoping to match, break, or even come close to my last half time. I may not even finish.
But I will run the 1/2 marathon. I will probably even get across the Golden Gate without any problems (one of the reasons I signed up for the 1st part of the course). I may not finish. But that’s ok. But I’ll be doing it, because I’m healthier than I was when I started this.
And two of my best friends are running, too. I can’t think of a better way to celebrate a friendship than by encouraging each other to be healthy.
So I’m ok with setbacks. I’ll keep pushing forward.