Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Last Saturday, Jordan and I, as well as some of our friends, completed a goal of ours. We participated in - and finished! - the Tough Mudder, Topeka!
This is us BEFORE the Tough Mudder. Jordan wore a kilt with his family clan's traditional colors. (Don't worry, he had compression shorts on underneath!) lol. And I'm the only girl in the group, in the blue shorts.
And here we are AFTER! For some reason, I took off my hat and sweatband for this picture, but I DID complete the challenge!
Let's see, where to start... The course was 11 miles with multiple obstacles, such as jumping over fire and hay bales, crawling through mud under barbed wire, taking an icy plunge in a dumpster full of ice water, and many many more. The course had lots of turns in it, so at some points we saw an obstacle ahead but didn't actually come to it for a few miles, and had other obstacles before it.
I skipped 3 obstacles. "Just the Tip" was shimmying along 2x4's over a big puddle. I can't accurately describe this obstacle, so if you are interested, here's a youtube video that kind of shows it. Although I will say, the 2x4s were way more muddy and slippery during our race than this video shows. SOOOOO many people fell in, and there was a note saying "Strong Swimmers Only" which is why I decided to bypass this one. www.youtube.com/watch?v=LlriVa_9BnM
The other one I skipped was called "Dark Lightning." You had to crawl through a tunnel 1/2 filled with water, with electrical wires hanging down. If you, or anyone else in the water with you at the time, got a shock, everyone got a shock. I almost did this one, but when I stuck my head in the tunnel and all I heard was cursing and screaming, I chickened out...
The last one I skipped was "Walk the Plank" which was a 15' high dive into icy water below. Again, "Strong Swimmers Only" plus I'm scared of heights...
But I at least attempted all of the other obstacles! One that I was very proud of myself was called "Funky Monkey" which were monkey bars that extended over... you guessed it, icy water. The first half had a slight incline, and the second half had a slight decline. I almost made it across! I slipped once but was able to catch myself, but about 4 bars from the end, I fell in the water.
The scariest one was the "Cage Crawl." Again, kind of hard to put into words, but basically, I was laying on my back in water and pulling myself along by the chain link fence placed over the water. I was doing ok until the very end. There was an incline to get out of the water, but being on my back, I didn't know how close I was to the end, and my face was going underwater and I panicked. I was able to turn underwater and swim my way out. I only ended up being about 5 feet from the end, but when you start to panic, you need out ASAP. When I got out, Jordan had to support me for about 2 minutes because my legs were like jelly and I was unable to walk. Very scary. www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zlm3qQM2X2I
The toughest and muddiest obstacle was aptly named the "Mud Mile." It's ONLY redeeming quality is that it wasn't an actual mile. It was maybe 100 yards of muddy hills and trenches. It took us about 30 minutes to complete this obstacle! It definitely required a team effort! The easiest way we found to do it was to had the person at the top of the hill grab someone's hand from the bottom. While the top person slid down the hill, the other person would climb up. It was such an energy zapper, placed at mile 9 so the last 2 miles were extra tough. Our clothes were totally covered in mud, which felt very heavy. This video does not do it justice and looks WAAAAAY easier than our Mud Mile! The muck was up to your knees at some points, whereas this video looks like just water in the trenches. The hills were so slick and slimy. But at least the video will give you a clue as to what it was like. www.youtube.com/watch?v=6lsJ3t6z-aQ
They say that the Tough Mudder is a challenge, not a race, and I totally agree. It took us about 4 1/2 hours to finish the 11 mile course. But we did it! We had fun and that was most important. Jordan and I are really proud of ourselves, and hope to be able to do the Tough Mudder in Scotland someday!
Oh! And my toe held up ok. :) No pain anymore, just waiting for the nail to grow back over the next year or so.
Wednesday, September 04, 2013
Yesterday, I went to the doctor and had my toenail removed. The local block was the worst part - that stings! But the removal went fine and it was over before I knew it. I was feeling pretty good and thought that my problems were solved!
Until the local started to wear off. Now it's in pain, but a different kind of pain than before. But I'm back to work today, where I have to wear closed toed shoes, so we'll see how much pain I'm in by the end of the day!
The doctor also changed up my antibiotics. The new ones are a lot smaller and easier to swallow. So another 10 days for a total of 30 days... ugh.
I asked him about the Tough Mudder, which is 2.5 weeks away. He said it should be scabbed enough and the infection gone by then, so I should be able to do the race. But my training is on hold, so I'm sure it will be the slowest, most painful race ever! lol
Continued prayers would be appreciated! Thanks, friends!
Thursday, August 29, 2013
Well, I finished the first round of antibiotics, and my toe was slightly better but not 100% healed. So I went in for a recheck on Tuesday, and the doctor gave me another 10 days of antibiotics, and scheduled me to remove the toenail.
So on Tuesday, Sept 3 I will go in for the "procedure" and to be honest, I'm freaked out and think I might faint. But they say they do it all the time and it's no big deal. They just numb the toe and all I should feel is pressure... Still oogs me out.
That being said, I need to take a break from running. At least until the infection is gone and my nail grows back to prevent reinfection. Who knows how long that will be. I still plan on doing the Tough Mudder, because we have already paid and have been looking forward to it all year. But my marathon and/or ultra marathon will have to wait until next year.
Kinda sad, but since I'm not emotionally attached to the joys of running, I think I'll survive!
Thursday, August 15, 2013
I've had a sore big toe on my left foot off and on since April. I did the Hard Charge, which was an obstacle course through the mud, etc. I noticed a week later that my toe hurt and assumed I stubbed it during one of the many obstacles.
I kept forgetting about it because it didn't hurt all the time, only when I kicked a chair or a dog stepped on my foot at work, etc. Then in June, I started noticing that I hadn't cut that toe's nail for a while.
In July, Jordan told me I need to go to the doctor, but of course I brushed him off. I took the nail polish off my toes, and surprise surprise, the nail was kinda yellow and had a brownish black bruised looking area under the nail. So I painted it back up and ignored it some more.
Then on Monday this week, my toe hurt all day at work, to the point I took some ibuprofen, which is unlike me. By Tuesday, it was still hurting and looked red and swollen, so I finally called my doctor.
I had my appointment today. Found out I have paronychia - basically a tender nail disease commonly caused by bacteria. I got some antibiotics and it should heal just fine. But that turned out to be a separate issue than the fungus. The doctor said the fungus was common in runners, but the treatment for it is 2-3 months long and can cause problems with the liver. Basically he said he wouldn't do the treatment unless things were a lot worse, and at that point he would probably remove the nail.
So the good news is the paronychia caused the acute pain and should be good to go in a week or so. The bad news is I'll have to keep dealing with the fungal infection. But since that isn't the source of my pain, I think I can handle that.
The doctor didn't specifically tell me to stop running, but I think I will rest my foot for a few days, at least until the pain goes away.
Sorry for the gross blog, but at least I have some answers!
Sunday, August 11, 2013
Well, it looks like I won't be able to do the Prairie Fire Marathon this year. It is October 13th, which is the 2nd Sunday of the month. Jordan and I have obligations at church on the 2nd Sunday, and I haven't been able to find a sub. The people who normally sub for us said no, so now I'm kinda stuck. At least I haven't signed up yet...
I was looking around to see if there are any other marathons near Wichita between October and November. It's slim-pickings, and I have to keep in mind that I work every other weekend, so that plays into which races I am able to do.
So that being said, I probably won't get to run my marathon this year.
BUT! I might trade the FM for an Ultra! I did find a 6/12/24 hour ultra sponsored by the Kansas Ultra Society! I think I could do the 12 hr. I've done an 8 hr ultra before, and I wouldn't have to adjust my marathon training plan too much to turn it into an Ultra training plan. If it gets closer and I think the 12 hr is too much, I can always do the 6 hr, which would still surpass the marathon distance.
The race is November 16th, which I happen to have that weekend off from work. And it's not on a 2nd Sunday.
Hmm, I'll have to mull this over for a few days before making any final decisions.
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