Thanksgiving isn’t usually the type of holiday that is a big deal around our house. Sure, we like to have a nice vegetarian meal with family, but more importantly it’s usually a good time to get outside and enjoy the fall weather with a long trail run. So, nothing much different than normal.
This past weekend though was a little different. I had a kidney stone about 8 years ago, and anyone who has had one is quick to point out that they are not fun. So, when I felt that familiar pain, I hoped that it wasn’t another one, but deep down, I suspected that it could be.
A visit to the hospital emergency department, CAT scan, xray, pee in a cup, and sure enough, it was confirmed that I had a kidney stone. It’s a pretty sickening feeling to know that, and to expect that it’s probably going to feel worse before it gets better.
The immediate advice I was given was to hydrate well, and try to flush it out. If it got worse, I may have to return for other options. With i2P Peru Expedition approaching quickly, the worst part was being told that if it didn’t pass, then it could be dangerous to travel. I began super hydrating!
Fortunately, I was able to get rid of it fairly quickly with no medical procedures required. I haven’t felt great the past few days, but certainly it could have been much worse. I’ve kept my daily runs very short during this time.
The one thing that I will mention about this experience is that there has been a lot of discussion in the ultra community recently about the book Waterlogged (by Tim Noakes), and only drinking to thirst. While I do believe that is important in many cases, however if you have a history of kidney stones in your family, then it is very important to increase your amount of hydration. I’ve felt that I have been reasonably good in this aspect, but apparently not quite good enough.
So, fortunately all seems good now, which is a very good thing because I can’t afford to be on the shelf. Things are getting very busy over the next few months.
Sydenham Fall Trail Run:
The Sydenham Fall Trail Run will be held this weekend. It’s always a fun weekend on the Cataraqui Trail in Sydenham. The Sydenham race is almost like a family event, with so many returning friends running the course each year.
Impossible 2 Possible Peru Expedition:
As mentioned earlier, I will be going on the next expedition with Impossible2Possible to Peru in November. My role will be in more of a support/guiding capacity and to help the Youth Ambassadors out in any way possible. I’m really looking forward to this as I’ve been providing the running coaching for the 5 Youth Ambassadors leading up to this expedition, and know that this group will be amazing. The expedition will begin in the Andes and then move towards the Jungle. Be sure to follow along at www.Impossible2Possible.com .
Arrowhead 135 mile race:
I’ve confirmed my next race. I just found out last week that I’ve been accepted into the Arrowhead 135 mile race in Northern Minnesota at the end of January. It was tough deciding not to return to the Yukon Arctic Ultra again, but the temperatures and conditions in International Falls, should rival Whitehorse closely from what I’ve heard. I am also looking forward to gaining further winter racing experience with a race that is 35 miles longer than what I’ve done previously. The format of the race is similar to YAU100, so I’ll be dragging Bubba the Pulk again in training, and then of course during the race with all of my gear. Can’t wait.
So, as you can see, lots of exciting stuff planned in the next few months. And that’s not even mentioning the snowshoes races in the Dion Eastern Ontario Snowshoe Running Series.
I’m really looking forward to all of these exciting events, especially now that I no longer have to deal with a kidney stone.
Always an Adventure! See you on the trails!