So Mo, we have a tumor…now what?

It actually sounds worse than it is. I was diagnosed with Acoustic Neuroma. Basically is is a tumor that grows on the nerve that connects the ear to the brain. Mine is the size

English: benign tumour: acoustic neuroma (also...

English: benign tumour: acoustic neuroma (also known as schwannoma or neurinoma)right size:20x22x25mm Deutsch: gutartiger Tumor: Akustikusneurinom rechts (auch Vestibularisschwannom oder Kleinhirnbrückenwinkeltumor) der Größe 20x22x25mm (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

of a grape. Apparently it is a medium sized one. There is a lot of good news surrounding this, so lets be clear: THIS IS NOT A PITY PARTY!!

First of all, it isn’t cancer. PHEW!

The worst side effect is hearing loss in my left ear. Hearing aids won’t help. I like this because if I am bored I can say “What? I can’t hear you!” and walk away.

The worst case scenario is surgery. The best case scenario is it stops growing and we leave it in.

Why am I writing about this on Me and Mo? For a couple of reasons:

  1. It affects my emotional eating.
  2. I get dizzy and workouts aren’t functional.
  3. It is part of the obstacles I need to deal with for my health and that is what this blog is about.

So where does that leave me?

Yesterday I signed up for the WDW Marathon weekend run events. My kiddo and I are both running the 5k, I am also running the 10k and the half marathon. Today I feel like I won’t make it to the finish line of the 5k never mind run for 3 straight days. Why? I did something stupid yesterday.

I ran on the treadmill. I have a hate/hate relationship with the treadmill. It was really windy and I didn’t feel like struggling during my run. So I went to my dad’s and hopped on his treadmill of boredom. His TV isn’t hooked up and it’s in the basement where you can’t even look out the window. So me and my ipod listened to the Mickey Miles podcast for about 20 minutes…then it happened.

I began to feel nauseous and I couldn’t hold myself upright. Grabbing onto the bars I slowed the machine down so  could walk. It felt like a ride on the Tilt-A-Whirl only without the laughing and fun part. Then I sat.

I needed to sit for about 45 minutes before I could I get myself home. Dad was already to drive me home after he ate his dinner – he said he had none to share so too bad so sad for me! My family is so loving and awesome. No special treatment here! I really like that!

I was fine, so I got myself home safe and sound, but WOW was I tired. The kind of tired that goes with a half-marathon tired. I don’t remember closing my eyes for sleep, I just remember waking up this morning. A few more nights of those kinds of sleeps would be fantastic!

Today it was raining! This thrilled me because I am SICK AND TIRED OF WINTER! Rain means the snow melts faster and the air smells fresh. It was cold in the rain but not snow cold – I loved it…except wow I was still tired. It took me forever to finish 6k. But that’s okay – I will call it my recovery run. Tomorrow is only 3k so I am pretty sure I am good for that one. I think I have to dig out my dizzy meds for the next little while which is disappointing, because I thought I was done with those.

Note to self, swimming, bikes and treadmills make you dizzy. So much for my dream of Ironman Kona! HA! My only dream about that was the Kona part. A long lie on the beach in Hawaii sound really good about now, but for now I will dream about my runDisney race instead.

What is it like to run in normal weather? I have no idea because I am Canadian

photo 1 (7)I have exciting news! I just ran my first 5k! I now have some embarrassing news – I did it in an hour. WTF? I can walk a 5k that fast. SO FREAKING DISAPPOINTING!

First of all, I have no idea why I find that embarrassing, Good Job Me!

Secondly, I did it at my quickest pace yet. Again, Good Job Me!

Thirdly, I need to remember running outside is more complicated than running on a tread mill. My legs have never been this strong. Again, Good Job Me!

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So why does it annoy me that everyone runs faster? I don’t know but it does. Perhaps it is because I have unreal expectations. I read and follow distance runners who knock of 21k for fun in 2 hours. I run 21k in a week. Ya…so that time isn’t going to happen soon. These runners have also been at it for years. I am new. I started in earnest January. I am curious to know how I will do once spring finally arrives and I can put away the cleats, the double winter layers, the scarves and mitts and the hats.

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I wouldn’t say I ran a 5k, living in Edmonton comes with challenges. I actually did very little running out on the roads and trails. I marched through snow, slid between ice ruts, surfed over giant puddles, scooted down hills that were covered in gravel and sand, tiptoed over ice damns praying they wouldn’t crash into the running streams underneath, climbed over snow berms, tap danced on bare concrete (my cleats sound like tap shoes) and ran for less than 1km on packed snow.

Why can’t I live in a city where there is a normal spring?

Spartan Race is coming to Edmonton in June. After this springs training, I am ready. 5k and obstacles – easy peasy.

Meanwhile, I ran my furthest distance to date. I am halfway to my goal of 10k. I feel fantastic and crave running. I am almost ready to start hill training. I am saving that for spring after the sand and ice leaves, this will help me achieve speed. I am going to start fartleks  next week, once I get a few more 5k’s under my belt. I want this to become comfortable before I start a new goal.

May 26th is the day I will run the 10k in Calgary with my Dad on his birthday. I am going to be Soooooooooooooooo ready!

Bring it on!

Happy running!

Where did Mo’s Energy Come From?

Mo has grabbed me by the tail and is pulling me along at great speed! I am, for lack of a better word, Gobsmacked!

This weekend I continues my training for the Calgary Half Marathon. I walked 3km on Saturday and 7km on Sunday. The past weeks tempo walk had me reaching a 10min/km pace. I was so incredible excited because that is 4min faster than i was at the beginning of training last year! Saturday rolls around and I am suppose to have a steady walk for 3km…. I clocked in at 8.66min/km. I was elated! I ate well had a great sleep and then Sunday rolls around.

I spent the morning doing school work, University Classes come first for me. Then I made cookies for lunches, nice treat for the offspring who have just come off of exam week. Then I headed for the gym. As nice as the weather is, the sidewalks are too slippery for me to want to take any chances with my knee. My MCL injury is taking it’s sweet time to heal, and I don’t want to aggravate it. I am so thankful the YMCA has a track. I find treadmill work mind numbing.  Hill train will have to be done on the tread mill, but until then…round and round the track I go!

9 laps = 1km

I have been keeping a close eye on the clock. Keep in mind I am WALKING. I am not the fastest walker ever, nor am I the thinnest. I am moving at a pretty good clip for me. Last year my fastest time for a 5k was 1 hour. Today I did a 5k in 45min. I just about fell over. This was my LSD (Long slow Distance) I was not huffing and puffing, I was lapping people and I felt great! I did 7km in 68 minutes. I had to stop because of a clusterf**k on the track. 6 guys were strolling and hogging the lanes. Very annoying, I passed them three times, then they were too tired to continue.

The great thing about  training this time around is the feeling afterward. If this is a runners high or close to it…I am IN! Last year after every work out session I felt like death. Putting in an entire year of hard work and crosstraining has paid off for me. I was super pumped after the gym and was raring to go. I had a surplus of energy and felt so productive today. It got me thinking about setting some medium term size goals for myself.

I want to enter a road race for 10k. That would be fairly easy for me. I have chosen a race that is a nice course, close to my final goal ( Calgary Half) and has cool swag…because if you read the Edmonton Tourist you know I am ALL ABOUT SWAG! This race isn’t a stupid T-Shirt…it is Cool Sunglasses! I am IN! The course is through Edmonton’s River Valley, quite frankly it is beautiful even when there isn’t any foliage. There is a killer hill involved but I will be doing hill training before then. I’ve got this.

I love this feeling and I never want it to go away. I am so thankful I kept up all that hard work. I think that means this year will go by easier for me. Thanks Mo!