I apologise for the slight delay in the announcement of the winners for last week’s Local Artist Giveaway but I have a good reason for it, and its pictured here. Introducing my beautiful shiny Vancouver Emergency Room bracelet which I can add to my collection. It is blue, and was more comfortable than most.
I would say I’m accident prone but I think the word I’m looking for is more allergy-prone. Who knew what it was this time. The best guess any of us has is chili peppers. So let’s add it to the list. All I know is one bite and I was in the emergency room, so I’m playing it safe from here on out. Eight minutes total from triage to a bed, so you know that they didn’t want to mess around. Believe me, epipens and ambulances are NOT fun. Nor is leaving work. Ugh. Saturday was not a shining moment in my life. But, it happened, and now its over.
Anyways, I am very excited to announce that Solana has won the earrings from Elly Loo Creations and Elle has won the bowtie from Clippers Bow Ties! Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your addresses and I will get your prizes out to you! If I don’t hear from you within the next couple of days I will reach out to you both.
The Cursed Half
This half marathon is kicking my ass.
That’s the bottom line.
First I got off to a good start. Then, I got shin splints.
We fixed the shin splints and then I got pneumonia and bronchitis. Remember that time? On the Grouse Grind?
Took four weeks to get over that and then I was in some sort of funk.
Then I banged my knee off the side of the bed frame in the middle of the night and took a serious chunk of flesh out of my leg. Here’s my pictographic representation since I promised you I wouldn’t show you the real picture.
Manfriend asked me if I was drawing a slip-n-slide. I told him that it was actually the light from our bathroom door. Then he asked me if I was having a rave in our bedroom, and I told him it was the time that I banged my knee off the edge of the bed and he didn’t wake up to my screams. He stopped talking then.
THEN after recovering from that (it’s still scabbed over) I went to the ER the day before a big 16km training run. I don’t have any exciting pictures of that, since, you know, I was trying to breathe. So forgive me.
And now there are 26 days before I run my first half.
TWENTY SIX! At least that’s more than 3 weeks.
So I couldn’t run the 16km yesterday because after a serious allergic reaction you have to have Benadryl and steroids for at least 24 hours so that it doesn’t happen again. You cannot run 16km on Benadryl. Try it, I dare you. (I don’t actually its probably pretty dangerous). I feel like if you can’t drive or operate heavy machinery, you shouldn’t be running.
So today I geared up, it was drizzling but that wasn’t going to stop me. I got 2 km out with my Garmin, rain jacket, hat, mitts, compression socks, tank, running pants, and shoes and it started to pour. And I mean POUR.
The man in the sweat pants is soaked.
So I had prepared for this, and I brought my bus pass so I could go on to the gym in case this happened and finish my run. So I waited for the bus stop, and made it to my YMCA.
Where I realized my gym pass was (can you guess?) at home. A 15 minute bus ride back where I came from. I didn’t have ID either (I carry an id card that has my name, allergies, blood type and emergency contact but they didn’t accept that as proof I was who I was).
This is my “I’m soaking wet and not from sweat and I am not amused because I am still tired from the hospital” face. That face took herself to bed for a sweet nap, because as soon as she got back inside, it starting thundering and lightning outside. *le sigh*
I’m getting tired of hitting roadblocks, both mentally and physically. Today I tried to psych myself up but that didn’t work either. So new plan. I wrote out a training schedule for the last three weeks and I’m going to read my positive mantras to myself every morning.
Even if I have to walk most of it
I WILL NOT LET THIS HALF MARATHON BEAT ME.
Even if it is cursed. I will proudly wear that cursed medal everywhere I go!
Congratulations to the winners, and I hope none of you visit a hospital this week or encounter a run you can’t complete!