October was a tough month of training for me. I fully expected that training would take a bit of a hit with the Sydenham Fall Trail Run happening mid-month and with how busy things get for that. I didn’t expect what would floor me after that though.
Healthwise, I haven’t felt myself since TransRockies in August. I felt amazing in Colorado for the race, but seemed to have caught a flu bug after that resulted in a lingering fever that I couldn’t shake. The writing was on the wall for Haliburton unfortunately.
Strike two then happened in early October, just as I was starting to feel a bit better. With lots of colds happening, I got hit pretty hard with one that last about a week…once again with a higher fever. Fortunately, I started feeling better before the Sydenham race, as anyone who has ever organized a race will tell you that it is that much tougher, mentally and physically, to organize a race then to run in one. If you don’t believe me on this, I’d urge you to consider trying.
Strike three occurred just after Sydenham. I was just starting to feel recovered and ready to increase my training when I developed some severe lower abdominal pain that radiated into my back. This one was weird and had me worried. I had no idea what the problem was. I gave it a few days hoping it would come around, but it didn’t.
From past experience, I was thinking that it might have been a kidney stone, shingles, hernia or back injury of some sort. I’d had a kidney stone and shingles before, so as the days passed I was convinced that neither one was the problem. The pain increased and luckily I was able to get into see my doctor. Dr Alkenbrack is a fantastic doctor and very thorough. He quickly ruled out a hernia and back injury, but ran a bunch of tests to see what he could find.
All the tests, bloodwork, xrays and ultrasound came back with no abnormalities. Gradually things started to improve and now I am feeling 100% again. The best guess that we have is that it may have been some sort of virus that could have been linked to my Stevens Johnsons Syndrome…but not sure.
They say things come in threes. I never really thought about this much in the past, but I’ve recently noticed that this seems to be the case. Actually, reading a recent blog post by Dave Mackey it seems like I’m not the only one.
Looking back on the month of October, it seems like my favourite running occurred by others at the Sydenham Fall Trail Run, as well as my daughter Heather in her grade 9 cross country season.
Anyhow, since I’ve started to feel better, I am now feeling the best that I’ve felt since mid-summer. The timing is good since I just love running in the fall. The temperatures are cool and there are no bugs. Excellent! And with some of these very cool mornings it’s getting easy to believe that snow won’t be too far away now.
October by the Numbers:
Oct total # of hours – 35:20
Oct total # of runs – 40
Oct ave per day – 1:08:23
2011 total # of hours – 479:21
2011 total # of runs – 407
Streak (# of consecutive days of running) – 7,979
October Training Log