Well, it looks like it is time for my annual post on the blog. No apologies, my life, like everyone else's is busy.
This past year has been a doozy! I ran the half marathon on October and did as good as could be expected. I was about 1/2 an hour slower than I wanted, but training was interrupted due to chronic pain and illness.
I was diagnosed with endometrosis in September after a month of tests, painkillers, late nights and lots of doctors visits. It was a tough time, and things got tougher as we progressed through the Fall. There is no cure for endo, it is a painful, pervasive and terrible ordeal. I'm just thankful I didn't show symptoms until last Fall. The Fall and winter are really a blur for me, I don't think any of us realized how bad things were. I was just trying to manage the symptoms as best I could, and trying to keep everything together though a haze of chronic pain, and uncertainty.
I ended up having a complete hysterectomy in late March, and I am now completely recovered. The surgeon was shocked when during the surgery they realized I was in stage 4 endo, not the stage 1 or 2 they had been expecting. I was pretty asymptomatic for the years it took for things to get that far out of control. I'm surprised at how good I now feel 8 weeks post surgery, and how fast I healed.
Now to get back to running and training for the next race.