Time to put my Game Face on! Tomorrow is the Rock ‘n Roll Las Vegas Half Marathon.
My Game Face is looking much less confident than it did for my first half marathon. I am not nearly as prepared, and this past month has been a “stomach struggle.”
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(Warning: Inserting a moment of complaint.)
I am not sure why but my colitis has flared much more than usual. I attribute some of this to a more complex diet filled with nuts, soy, and other random things, but compared with the average American diet, I eat cleaner than most. This is what frustrates me. What has been happening is that at any given moment I can go from fine and normal to a bloated stomach that looks 9 months pregnant. This is followed by a complete blockage to the lowest part of my stomach that lingers and makes me miserable. Additionally, my stomach has been loud, moving, rumbling and acting as though it’s starved. It’s not! I have gained some, am retaining everything and am hugely weighted down. (Updated in 2017 to add: It was SIBO.)
This is now beyond the “gluten” factor. Taking away the gluten has most definitely helped with my upper digestion. It’s the lower that I now struggle with and quite honestly it has gotten the absolute BEST of me this past month. I don’t have the same confidence, attitude and “spark” I normally do.
The rant is over, but the rant and off-tangent are absolutely relevant to my Game Face. For all the reasons I described above, my Game Face is much less confident. And yet is exactly for this reason that I did not back out of the race.
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I made a commitment to run back in September. Despite my plantar fasciitis, a body not overly willing to do long distance anymore and a bum tum, I chose the Rock ‘n Roll Las Vegas because it’s a race that benefits, highlights and supports people just like me – those who suffer from Crohn’s & Colitis.
For me to back out and not run this race would be like me saying, “You’ve won, Colitis.” And if I have to run, walk, jog or crawl across that finish line tomorrow I will because I want to say, “No, I’ve won!”
At the end of the day, the attitude and will are what crosses a finish line.
You will heal. I will help.