So I've been poorly. Really poorly complete with trip in an ambulance to medical assessment (a bit like A&E but with a gp referral) and we had to call out 999 again and had rapid response out to me.
We still don't actaully know what's wrong. It could 'just' be a lower respiratory tract infection with complications of scaring from childhood asthma. Could be my asthma has returned. Could be Costochondritis. Or could be my heart.
I've been poked, prodded, x-rayed (twice) and I am still waiting for an echocardiogram
But I was given the go ahead to keep running - provided I felt ok. Well I haven't, it's hurt to beath, I've had asthma like attacks and well I've just been poorly.
But today was the day. I've not run in over a month in fact my last run was a 5k on the 20 September. But today I did it I got out there. I hated nearly every minute. I couldn't run non stop, I had to bargain with myself - next bend and you can walk, get up to the bridge and you can walk, make it to the lock.... make it to the fish pass ... make it to the bridge.
But I did it I travelled 5.5k it doesn't matter that I had to walk, as friend pointed out I've been really poorly and I should be proud I got back out there. Now there might have been the 'odd' noise that i thought was coots but couldn't work it out because I couldn't see any (turns out the squeaking noise was me breathing) and I might have started coughing when I got home (but it didn't turn into an asthma like attack hurrah) and my ribs on my right side hurt but you know what I'm going to go out there again and keep at it, while I can breath I can run. I will re find the love.
And I'm not worried about the tests and possibility there could be something wrong with my heart - the doctors all along have said that's it's very unlikely and every ecg I've had has been fine they just want to check all possibilities. Oh and my blood pressure was text book - omg I am amazed as for years it was high not dangerous and didn't need medication but it was high (esp given it was always low) so yet another positive side effect of this running malarkey.
So really those of you on the injury couch wondering if you will ever be able to get back out there and worried that you have lost all your fitness - you won't have have and you can and will get back out there again.
And sometimes I need to remember that I am disabled, I have multiple chronic health conditions and I need to not beat myself up too much that I struggled on a run (esp when I've just had over a month out).