Thank you all for the comments on my last post.
You all made me feel a lot better about that race.
I am still sick...chest congestion and cough....it is taking forever to go away.
I ran twice this week...3 miles and 4 miles...it was not good...so resting today and hoping this weekend will be better.
I wanted to answer some of your questions about my GI issues...
I have seen a GI Dr a while ago.
I have chronic GERD; Gastroesophageal reflux disease (acid reflux). I take medicine for that. Unfortunately after Bill lost his job in September we also lost our health insurances. We got a private one that is not the greatest and cost a lot of $$. My meds were not covered with this insurance and I ran out before Thanksgiving. I have been taking OTC meds since then and it is not working as well. I still have about a month to go before we get our new insurance.
I have problems during the races...not during my training runs.
I always eat the same thing before running: dry cereal, a latte and water.
Before a race and the long runs I don't drink my coffee. I drink it after I run.
I also take vitamins every morning, vit C, vit D, vit B, Omega 3 fish oil, Claritin D if needed.
For my long runs and half marathons I bring water and one honey waffle and salt tablets. I don't aways eat.
I sometimes have problems also when I am not running. Eating something that is not on my regular diet will cause trouble for me but not the same as when I race. I usually feel the worst at the end...seeing the finish line often sends me in a panic...I don't know why...I want to sprint happy to the finish...instead I have to focus on not puking...and I am not really good at it...
You were all so kind about my pictures....it is true that I don't look in "distress" on the pictures...and I look happy. The reason is simple. Bill is the one who takes the pictures...and my 2 sons are standing next to him and I don't want them to see me looking like "death" so I put on a smile and I run when I see them. They have seen me in dry heaves a few times but most of the time I can prevent that. I am also truly always happy to see them...it always lifts my spirit! At the end of races it is when it requires a lot of effort to look happy for my boys. I also don't want Bill to see me at my worst because I don't want him to worry too much about me. Race photographers are a good motivation to look as good as possible....right...I mean I do have some pride!! :)
Have you seen this documentary?
I had never seen it before and this week I saw that it was on NETFLIX!
It is the story of Fred Lebow the founder of the NYC Marathon. What an interesting man he was. At the end of the movie we see him running the marathon for the first time with Grete Waitz. He was very sick at that time. It is sad to think they are both gone now... $%^#@ Cancer.
Yesterday I got an email from the fitness editor at Health Magazine about my weight loss. I answered several questions... and she asked for before and after pictures..and I might be featured in the magazine. We will see!
We have decided to do a short vacation this year. Bill does not have a lot of time off yet at the new job so we cannot go to Quebec this summer. The tickets are very $$ and going just for 5 days would be crazy. So we found a good deal on tickets for Washington DC! The boys are both super interested in everything that has to do with the Presidents..Jonathan read 4 books on Abraham Lincoln this year. I have never been there so I am looking forward to it. We are going in May when school ends. We will be there for Memorial Day!
Anyone lives in DC? If you have any tips for me..please share!
Spring Break starts in 21 minutes......wish me luck!!
Happy St-Patrick's Day!
Wishing you all a great weekend!
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