It’s been FAR too long since I have made a post. Well, I have several excuses for that. None of which are really any good, however they are valid.
The first is that there is a missing post! I wrote a follow-up to the last blog post about anger and my trail run that I found a surprise. I never got to reveal that surprise! I will be re-typing that post (since I have a draft in my written journal), however I will not be taking the time to edit and polish it, since time is just not something that I am in abundance of these days.
Next, I have been really sick– and until today I was unable to run. (With the exception of gym visits in January, but who wants to hear about a treadmill?!)
Around Christmas time, I caught a nasty flu bug that was going around that destroyed my lungs. Previous to this flu, I was already struggling with poor lung function and my running progress was dramatically reduced due to it. Once this flu hit, I could not recover. For two weeks, I was barking and coughing to an unbelievable degree. Eventually, I did begin to heal, but my lungs never felt restored to their previous condition. I tried the gym, 2-3 times a week and could barely run 18 minutes (and only about 2.3km) on the treadmill without having a coughing attack.
February came and by the middle of it, I had caught another nasty flu bug and wound up right where I was in December. And then it continued to get worse and worse. I ended up with bronchitis, two ear infections and a bruised rib from coughing so hard. Then, I reacted to the first bout of antibiotics and fainted in the kitchen, smashing my head on the counter and leaving me with a mild concussion. I was a wreck, and for almost three weeks was laid up in bed when I wasn’t at work (yes I still went to work– crazy me, I know).
Things are looking better now! I have been off the antibiotics for almost a week. I was on an inhaler for two weeks (without it, I am not sure how I would have survived!) and have been off it for just over a week now. There have been a few times since that I wished I still had the inhaler, as sometimes my breathing feels slow, laboured and just difficult.
I do have some good news, however!
I ran outside today! And it was hard, but I feel great.
I am happy to say that despite some struggles (physically, as well as mentally) I am on track towards my goals. An extra bonus is that I am feeling more like myself previous to gaining 25lbs in the summer– something that I have admittedly been having a difficult time dealing with. I was always that thin person with the perfect flat stomach and I never had to work at it. I am happy to be feeling a lot more comfortable, both inside and out.
Another great thing has happened, I have started a new blog! This is an actual registered domain and will (soon) be the home for an assortment of topics. The Run Diaries will be moving there, as well as a collection of posts about climbing, mountaineering and general life. I plan to also start writing project reviews, feature articles and hopefully manage to get in contact with some prominent members in the outdoor scene to interview. My school semester has reached the tough part where all the big assignments are starting to become due, and so I will have to wait just a little bit longer before I can finish the website and have it launched. I will be sure to post a link once that happens!
Although I haven’t had the greatest few months, I still managed to do some amazing things!
Stay tuned for The Summit Project– my adventures and more!
My climbing has much improved, now that my shoulder is healing up nicely. Once this bruised rib is completely healed, I should be able to climb at the same difficulty as before and continue my progress even further!
I am very excited for the rest of this winter, and cannot wait for spring and summer. I have been planning many different things and cannot wait to see and experience the true beauty that is Vancouver Island.
Next, my last post on this blog!