Thank you for all the encouraging words regarding my last post. I was really in a bad place when I wrote it. It is frustrating when you work hard for something and you watch your goals go up in smoke. Sometimes life gets in the way and things just do not go as planned. When I put this issue into perspective it really is not a life shattering event.
After reading your comments about the possibility of my issues being related to Anemia. It is probably a huge part of it. Last year I suffered from iron deficiency and I worked hard at getting my numbers back up to a normal range. I should have have recognized the warning symptoms because I suffered a long time with it. I just chalked it up to something else being the cause. So long story short.....I am back on iron supplementation and I will go get my blood tested.
I was determined to cure all my problems today so I marched into the CVS on campus, accosted the Pharmacist and made her give me the strongest over the counter medicine in the store to help me. After I gave my driver's license, fingerprints, and a DNA sample(because I might mix up a batch of meth)....I walked out of there with Zyrtec-D. I popped one before I even got to the front of the store. About an hour later, a miracle occurred.....I COULD HEAR!!!! My ears popped and my head started to unclog. I almost felt NORMAL.
Just before I set out for my run, I took a few puffs off the inhaler. God help me if they do a drug test, I will be screwed. Ha! I hit the bricks and I felt great. I ran for 10 minutes straight(and could have done more). That is when I decided that I was going to try doing these runs as intervals. I decided 5 minutes of running and 2 minutes of walking seemed doable. I did 2.5 miles and finished strong. I wasn't gasping for air and my legs felt much lighter. My legs were a bit stiff but that is not much of a concern for me.....I just care about being able to breathe.
Anyway, that is going to be my plan of attack for this race. I am going to do it. I am going to keep focused on the intervals I have set up and I am going to give it my best shot. I do not care about time, my only goal is to cross the finish line. If I take a turn for the worse, I have accepted that possibility that I may have to drop out. But I have my eye on the race bling. We will see...a lot can happen in 19 days (***screaming 19 days!?!??!****). Tonight's run gave me a little glimmer of hope.