Thursday, October 4, 2007

No Guts No Glory... right??

I am still here but feel like a mess. I have been hesitant to post this week because I have been taking drugs and my post would have been questionable.

In just about 24 hours I will be leaving for Chattanooga, TN for the 50k Stump Jump Trail Race. As I posted earlier this week I have a knot right in my right shoulder blade and after some massage therapy earlier this week along with 3 days of muscle relaxers it is still there. It has been a challenge to stay awake during the day and then sleep well at night. Last night I was determined to run since I had missed some miles this week. I am glad to report that after about a mile or two the pain eased enough that I was able to get the 8 miles in that we set out to complete. This morning I woke up with … how do I say it…. DIARRHEA of all things. What is happening to me? I have stopped all meds at this point and so badly just want to RUN!!!! I am trying my hardest to remain up beat. This will pass and at least this weekend is just a training run and not the MMTR 54 mile Ultra race.

Wish me luck!!! I promise to catch up on all of your post now that my thoughts are clearer.

What an adventure!!

Robin

13 comments:

Wes said...

Make sure you wave to me on the way by :-) Have a great time!!!

David said...

Maybe time for some of those iron pills? Don't forget to pack plenty of "supplies" for the trail, just in case you have to duck into the trees.

I'm 100% sure that you are ready from a capability standpoint, since you've had such a solid and well executed plan. All that's left is to keep your brain from ruining the fun by convincing your body it's experiencing difficulties. Besides, you get to enjoy this race without the pressure you would have in an A race. Perhaps taking a small camera with you, and pausing occasionally for a special pic, would break the tension and convince your mind that you are having a fun (albeit physically taxing) day.

You're gonna do great, so travel safe and give us a killer race report! Have fun, Robin!

See Zanne Run said...

just remember ... its' a training race. breathe. try not to focus on how bad you feel, or what's gone awry ... but on the actual run instead. you are going to do great. you always do. breathe.

Chad in the Arizona Desert said...

At this late date, the best thing you can do is try to beat it mentally. With a muscle problem like that, tension is your worst enemy. So you want to think things like "loose," "smooth," "easy" when it feels tight on the run and relax your breathing. If you can get the muscle to relax by relaxing everything else, you might be able to push away the pain. Just a trick I've used in the past.

Good luck and have a fun race.

J~mom said...

Ah Robin this sucks. The others gave you great advice!!

You are going to do great! Try to relax and enjoy!

Non-Runner Nancy said...

Lot's of great advice.

Other thoughts, 1/2 tab of muscle relaxant might be less sedating but still enough to take the edge off. Also, for future info, they definitely can make you drowsy, but you might be able to try another kind and see if it is less sedating and as or even more effective.

Iron is always a good idea for the long mileage peeps. I think you qualify :D

Hope you find ways to enjoy the day.

Phil said...

Take a deep breath. You're an incredibly strong woman. As soon as you get out on the course, you'll be fine.

We've got confidence in you.

RunningCrazyAfter3 said...

You are going to do great, but it sucks to have to deal with all this junk right now :( Just think of it like another run with the girls :)

scott keeps running said...

Great Luck!! You're going to kick some butt!

stephruns said...

I'm sure once you stand at the start line all discomfort will be forgotten.

Enjoy your race - 50K - peanuts for you!!!

Bob Gentile said...

Best Wishes Robin, enjoy it and yes Breath, relax ur going to do fine!

Mendy said...

Robin!!! Awesome!!! I know you are stoked. I wanted to call you and wish you luck, but honestly, it just slipped my mind. I hope you had a great, pain-free, race and I know you're thrilled right now. I know it's just a training run, but still a LONG run and I hope it went very well. Will talk to you tomorrow!!!

Marcy said...

I hope it went well!!! I'll be checkin back to see how you did ;-)