“Accept the ups and downs you will experience. You are going to have days you feel like you’re flying and days you struggle. This is normal for ALL runners.” — Grete Waitz and Gloria Averbach
I saw this quote before I went on my run this morning and it was good food for thought. Considering my last two long runs have been anything but great between falling and dealing with the humidity, I was excited to get out the door this morning and FINALLY have a run that I could cheer about. There was nothing standing in my way from having a great 17 mile run.
Except for that whole stomach issue thing. Yep. As soon as I started running, my stomach started hurting which was frustrating because I KNOW 100% that I haven’t had gluten. I tried to push through it but on my second lap on the park (about 6 miles in), it just wasn’t happening. Without going into the details, let’s just say after having these pains numerous times before, I knew it was time to head home.
I’m so bummed. And I’m so sick of having these issues and not knowing what’s going on. I don’t want to have to deal with this in an upcoming race especially during Ragnar.
So do I go back to the doctor? Will they even try to help me determine what the issue is or just order a batch of senseless tests (aka like last time)? I’ve been doing research online (you know, the most reliable and reputable source) and have learned some interesting information that might help me get better. But do I act on it or go to a doctor and get an official diagnosis? Last time I went to a test-happy doctor that seriously seemed to care more about lining his pockets with the money he made off them than to actually figure out what was going on with me.
Anyways, I’m going to take my depressed self off the computer and cross some to do’s off the wedding list.
What do you think — time to see a doctor or try my own remedy? Tell me about your workout today (so I can live vicariously through you).