Saturday, November 16, 2013

November 2013

Eventful month, between Marathon and the usual round of doctor, bloods & consultant.

I went to my G.P. early in October, so that I'd have the bloodwork results in time for my annual consultant's appointment, early in November.  Before I went to the G.P., I wrote a letter, outlining my "shopping list" of concerns, most of which were just little things.  He said that it was great getting the letter.....I wanted him to have time to think about the contents.

One of my problems, as outlined in my previous post, has been persistent muscle soreness and a lack of acceleration......I run away grand, but, when I want to put the foot down, there's little "oomph"...just more effort and energy expended, with little return.   Well the Doc didn't say what he thought my problem was, but said that we'd take a full battery of bloods.   Lovely!!  I *HATE* needles!!!  He took, I think, 5 different lots, and off I went.

Results came back just 10 days before my planned Dublin Marathon and I was diagnosed as hypothyroid - an underactive thyroid gland, with a TSH of 5.79.  I've been put on Eltroxin 50mg.  I asked "How long will I be on them?".  A: "For the rest of your life."  We had a bit of a discussion about it and I asked if I was ok to do the Marathon.....My better half was certain to ask me ...or even "suggest" that I shouldn't run.  "No problem", he said, "but I claim credit for your improved performance!". 

So here I am on these tablets at might be considered "performance enhancing", based on the conversation with the Doc.

Oh! and the other thing....."PSA level is fine, it's 0.06".  I said it's always been "0.02" or " less than 0.02".  He said that this is still considered as "zero", "it's within the tolerance of the test".  I wasn't convinced.  I'm an Engineer and, I know something out of the ordinary, when I see it. Nearly 6 years at basement reading, then a reading very slightly up.  ......Not good news.

Nothing I could do about it, so it was head down and off to Dublin for the Marathon.  Weather forecast for the day was awful, but we've been there before, and the weather has always turned out fine, at least in the years that I ran the event.  Woke up that morning and all was fine, if a bit breezy.

I'd planned on a finishing time of 3:32 - based on a Half Mar time (1:41) in September and thought that the Thyroid meds might give me a lift and, maybe, 3:25 might be feasible.  Off we set and I found I was doing around 8:30/8:40 pace, about 3:47 pace.  The first 6 or 7 miles in Dublin is, more or less, upslope, so i wasn't too bothered.  The only "downer" was that I'd hoped to stay ahead of the 3:30 pacers for as long as possible, maybe all the way.  ...They passed me before Mile 2!  That plan was "out the window!"  I ran away at my own pace, with loads of people passing me, but I wasn't particularly concerned.  Sure, I'd have preferred to be passing, rather than being passed, but it wasn't happening.

Around the 11 Mile mark, I felt a little more comfortable, and noticed that less people were passing me and, at the same time, I was starting to make headway.  I went through the HM mark in 1:47, more or less on target, and put in a good 7 or 8 miles until I got to the hill after "the 9 arches" bridge.  This had been my nemesis, three years earlier, when I tore my hamstring towards the top of the hill.  This time I was determined to make it up.  However, towards the very top, I started saying to myself:
"Don't walk! Don't walk!"
"You're not gonna walk"

....."Yerra, f*#k it!...I'll walk...just for a bit"

And so it began.  In truth, it was probably the tiredness and muscle soreness from the thyroid.   That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

The remaining 7 miles combined jogging and walking...mainly jogging.  I went through 20 in 2:04:04, and thought, "25 years ago, I was finished now!" [2:46:03 PB, Dublin 1988].  As time went on, the target time changed to finish under 3:50 and, eventually, "How much more can I walk, and still finish under 3:50!"

I finished in 3:49:43 (chip time).  Another one down!   Never, ever again.....until next time!!


BlackBear said...

Congrats on your race! Your blog is FANTASTIC! From a fellow marathoner, thanks for chronicling your journey.


Anonymous said...

Thanks for your blog! It's fantastic! I tried to link my own running blog but it hasn't migrated properly out of google 2 years ago when they migrated all the blogs over. Anyway, I hope you continue to post, it's really helpful.


Marky Mark said...

Thanks for your comment at my place John and you're AMAZING!

Ricky Scott said...

Thanks for taking the time to post this info. I just found it and have started to read it. Wish I had found it earlier as I had radical prostectemy in August 2013. I'm a runner to, did a half 5 weeks after the surgery. Interesting to read your concerns about your pace. I struggle trying to figure it out, while really I'm just happy to be able to run.

Frederick said...

Still waiting for your update after 2 years. I hope everything is Ok.

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