gearing up for half marathon training

This last summer with the micro flower farm trial garden (click on Tales from the Flower Farm for more) running took a back seat. I was not as consistent as I wanted to be. Then dealing with major stomach issues also added to the stress. 

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i was diagnosed with a stomach bacteria call H. Pylori... and it’s a MOFO (excuse moi). Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori). These germs can enter your body and live in your digestive tract. After many years, they can cause sores, called ulcers, in the lining of your stomach or the upper part of your small intestine. Infection with H. pylori is common. About two-thirds of the world’s population has it in their bodies. For most people, it doesn’t cause ulcers or any other symptoms. Here’s the kicker— while there are medicines the bacteria is resistant.

Last week I went through my second antibiotic treatment and this second one was AWFUL. So much that the enzymes that my creatine test, which shows muscle inflammation, were three times what they should be.  Worst joint pain EVER. Thankfully, it worked but it resulted in a mandatory test for another week and a half to give my muscles time to rest.  

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Once the next two weeks are over, I am switching gears and ramping up my half-marathon training. Up until a few months ago I had a running blog and have neglected it bigly.  But back in July I felt that my running was sort of blah and I needed something to motivate me and give me a goal. And so I decided to dust off my old running bucket list on went ahead and signed up for my first half marathon... in Norway. Hubby and I talked it over, and he is totally supportive of the idea so we will make it the most epic racecation we can.

My friends think it is crazy for me to do my first half marathon overseas. What if I get a DNF? All those kinds of questions that make me want to say "Really guys? How about some support?". Thankfully it is not for another year (I gave myself plenty of time) plus I hired a running coach for training, which I am so excited for since I sometimes need someone to push me. So, yeap... we are doing this! And the training is about to get real.

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