Wednesday, September 26, 2007

"Hello Reality", or "Who Did I think I Was Kidding?"

OK, so I get this great positive outlook pep talk from the new doc, and he says I can run TCMarathon, and that it's okay to jump back into training. So yesterday I set out on a conservative 5.2 mile run. Which takes me 1 hour 6 minutes to complete! I had to walk the last 20 minutes. I felt like I really really really really really really really needed to just lie down. I got home and ate a tbsp of peanut butter on pretzels and drank some more water and that helped pretty fast. But you'd have thought I just ran the marathon. I mean I was SPENT.

I figure I must still have the old beta blocker coursing through my veins. Although upon reading the side effects of the new drug, Sotalol 80 mg, it says it will also make me "tired, weak, short of breath, slowed heartbeat, and dizzy." Arghhh. Is this going to be my new life until I get the ablation?

So if I plan to do this marathon knowing hy HEART is okay, just my ELECTRICAL SYSTEM is whacked, I should probably schedule 6 hours on my Franklin Planner on Sunday the 7th. I certainly also should bring a lunch box because I simply can't go that long without eating. And at that pace, I risk getting to the finishline party after all the pizza is gone.

But as long as the doc says I will live through it, I'd like to go ahead do it beause I've never missed a year at this race since 2001 when it was my very first marathon. And next weekend it will mark my 25th marathon. So as long as I can stay awake for it, I'd like to try it.

On a fun sidenote, remember that my friends were taking pictures of my head on a stick during the Colorado Relay? Well, Holly emailed me yesterday telling me that when they returned the rental minivan, they left my head in the glove box with a note asking to go with them wherever they were traveling, and at some point to mail me home. I wonder if the next car renter will do it? I know I would!


stronger said...

Hey- maybe this ski season your head will show up somewhere around my neighborhood again. Or you could just come in person for a xc ski visit.

21stCenturyMom said...

I'm guessing that when you have teh ablation and they take you off the drugs your run will come back. Just take it easy until then (run those 12 minute miles with pride!) so your muscles are in shape and enjoy your refurbished fitness when you can go out drug free.

I would so send your head back with a long, great story - and some more pictures.

momo said...

hey, now you're talking my kinda marathon. want company??? i'll bring the picnic basket.

could you please take it easy, though, seriously. most people would go out and run one mile to see how it'd be. you go run 5. you're amazing.

xoxoxoxoxoxo mwa!

the Dread Pirate Rackham said...

duuude! 6hr marathon? For some of us that would be a PR! So go with it for now - you'll feel better before you know it!

Aww, your friends are the bestest - you're a lucky woman!

greyhound said...

Easy, slugger.

That is so funny. Your head will probably appear on some travel blog.

Tri Mom said...

AHHHHH....those nasty beta blockers. Yup...they'll slow you down and make you feel like you're pulling bricks behind you. Your endurance and speed will come back. Waiting for "it's" return is the hardest. Hang in there!

Your head..where is the world is Jenny's head. This could be the start of something big. God only know where your head is traveling.

If the marathon was still accepting runners I'd so be there. Nothing like a good talk on a long run!


jbmmommy said...

Can't wait to hear where your head goes, that's a great idea.

I'd love to do a 6hr marathon myself, that would be fast for me. I think it's a whole new ball game compared with you fast people, there's a bit more boredom involved.

Hope you're feeling better soon, enjoy the race as much as you can.

TriFeist said...

I would take photos of the traveling head and send it all back with an album.

What a terrifying ordeal you've been through. I'll keep praying for a full recovery.

Jumper 2.0 said...

Sometimes, I really hate reality!

Jenny, your head is kind of the new female version of "Where's Waldo"

Fe-lady said...

"They left my head in the glovebox"- I bet not too many people can put those words together in their lifetime!

So funnnnyyy!!!

And great to hear you are back out there, however "slow" for you...for some of us it's the norm!