My mother always told me that if you don’t have anything nice to say, you shouldn’t say anything at all. So that’s why it’s been sort of quiet around here lately. It’s hard to write a running blog when you’re barely running! I’ve been in a little funk. Nothing serious, I promise. Just getting used to reduced mileage and waiting around to feel better. The waiting thing isn’t really my strong suit, as you know.
But! Now I have a few good things to talk about!
First up, this guy:
UltraIronHubs became even more ULTRA last weekend when he ran the Quicksilver 100K! 62.2 miles with over 13,000 feet of climbing in 13 hours and 17 seconds. So stinkin’ impressed with him! It was a super tough race, as you can imagine. He went out a little hard, suffered some in the middle miles, and then pulled out an incredibly strong finish. What an amazing day! He makes me so proud. My favorite part? He took a selfie every 10 miles so you can see the suffering set in.
Last week also brought some good news on the anemia front: I saw the hematologist, who feels 100% certain that my iron deficiency isn’t part of some larger issue, and that I’ll probably just need to be on iron supplements on a semi-permanent basis. (If you’re not interested in me over-sharing about lady things, please scroll down to the end now. I totally understand!)
Even though my periods aren’t what I would call “troublesome,” he seemed pretty sure that I am bleeding too much for my current dietary iron intake. Just to be certain, though, I went yesterday and had a colonoscopy and endoscopy to rule out any sort of internal blood loss, and the news was all good. So, yay!
Here’s everything you never wanted to know about colonoscopies: they’re not that bad, but they are also not that fun. I was far more concerned about the preparation than I was about the actual procedure, and yes, it’s just as gross as you might imagine to clean out your colon. I don’t know why celebrities do this on purpose. On the one hand, it was far preferable to having the flu, but on the other hand? Well… yuck! The procedure itself was fine, since my doctor prefers to put you in “twilight” just in case they need to do any biopsies or whatnot while they’re in there. So I was asleep for most of it. I did wake up when they were putting the scope down my throat, though, I totally remember that! I tried to fight them off. I lost. Thankfully, the rest of it is nothing more than a blur, as is most of the day. That twilight is no joke! I only vaguely remember coming home. I slept for several more hours, and I’m pretty sure I asked UIH at least six times if everything went okay. I knew I had asked but just couldn’t remember the answer. I couldn’t fix my mind on anything, really. Hopefully I made the kids dinner last night.
And the last bit of good news: the boys are almost done with Track season! It’s like I always say about Christmas decorations: the only thing I like more than bringing them out is putting them away. It’s been a great season, but I think we’re all happy to be done. The kids are exhausted and ready for a break from the hard training and non-stop racing. We have League Championships tonight and Friday, and then – barring any late-season surprise PRs – are finished for the year.
Wait, I was wrong, I have one more piece of good news: there will be a super-exciting giveaway this week! Come back tomorrow for all the details, and in the meantime, here’s a tiny hint: