I'm tired. Because Mike and I have had EXACTLY the same weekend, please refer to his post about the weekend events so far. Immersing ourselves in the Ironman culture has been incredible so far. How very cool it is.
When we got back today, Mike and I decided to get our last long run over before next weekends half marathon. I got to mile 3.2 and my stomach hurt so bad I felt like hurling. This is getting to be a pattern that is really pissing me off frankly. I sat on a raised manhole cover hoping it would either pass or get the barfing over with and I made Mike keep going and promised to call Nick to pick me up (yeah right, like I would). I sat there a while longer and felt marginally better so I decided I would walk towards home for at least 1 mile and decide what came next from there. I had a little pity party for a while then decided that I need to buck up and quit being a wuss. I decided I would run however slow I needed to to get as many miles in as I could stand - I need the miles and the confidence that I can finish. I ran painfully slow towards home. As I got closer, I started making big loops around blocks in my route so that I added on mileage without getting to far away from home in case I tanked again. I entertained myself by thinking about all the IM things we saw and have read, about the folks in IMMoo tomorrow and those that we followed at IMKY. I envisioned that my route must look a little like a big loopy Family Circus cartoon map, which made me giggle. When I finally made it up to Parkers parking lot, I thought a little bit about running around the school parking lots and around that area again and decided that although I felt like I could do it, I was out of water and I did make it 8.5 miles, not bad for starting out thinking about barfing and throwing in the towel.
I will definitely need to watch what I eat before running a little better. Also I was planning to try to use Powerade instead of using Sports Beans since I thought that might be easier to digest and easier on the gut. not so - took one swig today at mile 2 and immediately got an icky belly - too sweet. So, I quit drinking hoping to empty and refill with plain water in Riverside Park (a little farther from where I made my barf stop) so I suspect it was partly a little dehydration today kicking in . I also have been taking naproxen almost every night for the twinges of extra running, which I was thinking about today. i took a lot of it last summer too when I tore my trapezius and had some belly pain issues then too. I am stopping that and I am pretty confident it will help.
If the pain continues, I will see if Dr Darin has some time to offer some advice. I think he is a little busy this weekend though doing a little race in Madison. Maybe next week.
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