Saturday, October 6, 2012

a colonic and some mud

don't be fooled by the calendar.
there are only as many days in the year as you make use of.
~charles richards

i was going to blog on monday, but i didn't.  i don't even remember monday, aside for picking up a bottle of pills.
i was going to blog on tuesday but i was too busy taking care of business before inducing the pills.
i was going to blog on wednesday but i was too busy getting violated at my colonoscopy.
i was going to blog yesterday but i was busy catching up on everything i didn't do on tuesday and wednesday, and i had to do my long run.  a long run that turned into a short 3.33 painstaking miles on the treadmill at the gym.
today i have a small window of opportunity.
so here goes...  and if you aren't interested in graphic material, skip the middle.
i had my first colonoscopy this week.  and it's true, the prep is worse than the actual procedure.  i ran tuesday morning prior to prepping and didn't get to breakfast until late in the morn.   then by mid afternoon it was time to start the colon evacuation.
so after taking the first 20 pills, the latrine was in high gear.  
later on the second round began, i somehow got the last 12 horse pills down and only gagged on two.  the colonic was extremely successful and thankfully there was balmex in the drawer from the last baby born in our house. 
i don't remember the procedure, compliments of narcotic napland.  the anesthesiologist made good on his promise that i would be asleep in a matter of seconds....  i woke up under a warmed blanket and a coffee cake at my side.  i asked if i could stay the rest of the day, but she responded to my request by making me sit up.
all is well within my colon.  i'm glad i went and got it over with, even though i did want to postpone it until after the marathon.  i'm glad i didn't wait.

the beginning
today i went on my long run on the zen trail.  my friend kerry ran the first five miles with me, along with her friend roxy.  then i continued on to do the final ten.   running with a friend makes the miles pass quickly, it's much different when you're deep inside your own head doing laps of the same scene.  over and over.  and over.   most of the trail was closed today because they were paving it, as reported by the young man guarding the bridge to sanity.  so i had to make some adjustments.  needless to say, the bridge guarder saw me five more times.  he got bitched at by a tiny lady on a bike because she couldn't continue on her planned route.  

the scene at the end
i wound up going around a lake in a different part of the park four times (big ben, parliament) because i couldn't remember how to get back to where i started.  but it helped me log some mileage.  and i also got mixed up with a flock of crazy geese.   there were some pretty major areas of mud where i hoped i wouldn't find myself slipping and sliding into a mess.  

i went 15 miles.  my longest run to date.  a good week of firsts.  but my sneakers have seen better days.


  1. Woo-hoo for your health, woo-hoo for your miles!!

  2. Congrats on making 15!! If you can do 15, you can do 20. My threory is if you can do 20, then the adrenaline you will feel in Central Park will get you through the last 6.2
    Good Luck. Do you use gel packs?
    Kathy Lang

    1. thank you, kathy.... i will find that finish line, even if i have to drag myself to the end.... i use the gu chomps and sometimes i also use the gels... i wish you were running this with me! xo

  3. Thats a fricken amazing run -Glad you made it thru all the "mud" last week. ;-)

    1. thanks, jen the runner!! i found the unicorn AND the leprechaun....


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