Many of you know that I have signed up to run the Salt Lake City Marathon this April. With the help and support of Ang, we started training using Hal Higdon’s Intermediate Schedule. It was exciting to start this new challenge. I thought of the finish line after 26.2 miles each time I finished each run. I got about six weeks into my program when life completely turned upside down for me. This is the part that is hard for me to explain. I will not be running the Salt Lake City Marathon this April, but hope to be able to run the 5K instead. Why such a drastic drop in miles and goals? You see, I am expecting baby #4. Shocking? Yes. Exciting? Hopefully soon. Little did I know I had a new running partner a few of those training weeks. I have spent the last almost four weeks in my bed. I am suffering from a severe case of “being pregnant sickness.” I believe my doctor calls it, “hyperemesis gravidarum.” I have traded my running shoes each morning with a date to the toilet morning, noon, and night.
It’s really hard for me to explain exactly what it has been like to make such huge life changes right now. Running provided an enormous amount of joy in my life and I always thought, “IF I ever have another baby…. I’m going to keep running.” Each pregnancy has brought this horrible sickness suitcase with it. I really didn’t think I could do this again. Some days I’m still not sure I will survive this – but hopefully soon the vomiting will stop and I can ease into running a bit again. Nothing would make me happier.
It was really tough for me to tell Ang that I wouldn’t be able to run with her. I feel like I have let her down. Please wrap your arms around her and help her enjoy this truly awesome experience. I appreciate all of the support you have given me in this process. It will be really tough for me to not be able to run with you. I looked forward to it so much. Someday, I will run my marathon. I will probably be by myself, but I will do it.
I will be your biggest cheerleader in SLC! Enjoy all of those training miles. I miss it so much! Thanks for listening and understanding my drop-out. Hopefully I will be lacing the running shoes again soon.