via Running with Rhyno

Oh man, guys. I feel like I’ve died and come back to life.

So, about two weeks ago I wrote about how I came down with the flu after attempting my 18 mile training run. When I wrote that blog post I had already been sick for a few days and at that point was finally feeling better. In fact, that weekend Mark came down and we saw Gone Girl (so good!) and then went bowling…. I was feeling pretty good again!

Then on Monday I woke up to go to work expecting to feel 100% like myself again, only I was still feeling a little off. I didn’t have much of an appetite and the glands near my neck were still a little bit swollen. I chalked it all up to the fact that I just needed a few more days of rest (e.g. no running) but decided that I was OK enough to go to work.

On, Tuesday I started to notice that my throat was bothering me a bit. I rambled on to my coworkers about how I really hoped that whatever I was feeling was just related to fall allergies and not anything more serious. “Please don’t tell me I’m getting sick again,” I kept thinking.

Well, unfortunately it definitely was not just allergies. I went into work on Wednesday and had to grab some cough drops on my way into the office.  By the time I got home at the end of the day my throat hurt so badly that I could barely even speak.

So the next day, back to the doctor I went. She took one look at the inside of my throat and was immediately convinced that I had strep. Then she felt the back of my neck where my glands were swollen and was also convinced that I had mono.

“GREAT!” I thought. “Just what I need three weeks before I’m supposed to run the New York City Marathon…. MONO!”

My strep test came back negative, but when the doctor came back into the room she looked at me and said, “There’s no way you don’t have strep.” And then she prescribed me antibiotics which, after two awful days of suffering from such a sore throat, I could not wait to start on.

Thankfully, the next day I got a phone call from my doctor with good news. I didn’t have mono! PHEW!

Buuuut….my white blood cell count was now very high. She wanted me to come back so she could draw more blood and double check that everything was OK.

And so, while still suffering from literally the worst sore throat I’ve ever had in my life (when were these damn antibiotics going to kick in?!), back to the doctor I went. I was lying on the table curled up in the fetal position when she came into the room.

“Oh wow girl, I haven’t seen anyone as sick as you in a long time,” she said.

“Great… just what I need to hear right now,” I thought.


Can I panic now?!

But then I sat up and she took a look at my throat and reassured me that it looked like it was getting much better. That was a huge relief to hear.

So now, four days and 27 million movies later (seriously, what movie did I not watch while I was wasting away on my couch?) I’m finally feeling like I’m really coming back to life. (I actually didn’t want to write that because I feel like I might jinx it.)

Anyway, so now I have just three weeks to get myself ready for the NYC Marathon. Surprisingly though, I’m not freaking out about it. I’ve missed two weeks of training now, and while I was sick I kept thinking, “Well there’s no way I can run this race now.” I seriously felt so awful that I really didn’t think my body was going to bounce back in time.

And while having just three weeks to get back up to speed makes me a little bit nervous, I was reassured by my doctor (who, lucky for me, has run the NYC marathon before and is also a triathlete) that there’s no reason why I can’t run the race.

What good news! Not only because I paid a buttload of money for my spot this is my first marathon ever, in my favorite city ever, but also because, even though I was becoming frustrated and annoyed with my training just before I got sick, I really couldn’t be more excited to run my first marathon; especially now after having had to deal with all of these hurdles.

And… speaking of things that I’m super excited about, that brings me to the announcement that I’m finally allowed to share with you all today…

I’ve been welcomed into the incredible family of female athletes as an ambassador for Skirt Sports!

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What exactly does this mean for me and for Hungry Runner?

Well first, it means that I am now part of an amazing community of incredible athletes, including Katherine Switzer; the first woman to ever finish the Boston Marathon. (I actually got to write about her earlier this year, you can read my story here.) I could not be more honored to be featured among such an incredible group of women.

Second, I am now a sponsored athlete! Skirt Sports is generously sponsoring me by loading me up with their fun, flirty and just generally awesome apparel (stay tuned to hear more about which pieces are my favorites for running, but for now you can read more about why I love Skirt Sports here).

Third, if you keep in touch with the Skirt Sports blog, you’ll see entries from yours truly over there from time to time. (You may also see me pop in on the Skirt Sports social channels now and then, so make sure to follow on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.)

And finally, it means some sweet perks for you! For starters, you get a $20 gift certificate to use on the Skirt Sports website!

Just head over to the site (click the link above) and enter the code D249EA6 into the Gift Certificate code box (not the Discount Code box) at checkout.

Right now my favorite pieces are the Redemption Capri and the Marathon Chick Skirt!

-Pause for deep breath-

Phew! OK well this post is getting quite lengthy, but I think I’ve covered everything that I wanted to share with you guys now that I’m back in action.

I’ve bought myself a gym membership so that I can run inside on the treadmill (instead of outside where it’s getting cold, which might relapse my sickness) during the week and get my legs up to speed for this race. I cannot believe it’s in just three weeks! I’ll be taking it really, really easy though. One run at a time. Maybe some cycling and/or swimming just to start off. It’s all going to depend on how I feel. My body will tell me what to do.

Anyway, that’s my story for now! I hope all you Hungry Readers are healthy, avoiding the flu (and whatever other germs are out there) and enjoying the Best Season Ever (aka fall) by spending lots of time being active outside! (And maybe eating some candy too ;))

xx Kaite