I hit my goal!

On Monday, my best friend in the whole world, Juls, put me at $1,001! A little while later, my cousin Gary and his wife Lauren got me even further. And then there’s still a check from my Uncle Larry somewhere in the process of being cashed and added to my total, so I’m actually at $1,051.

As for running, I’ve gone on a couple of good runs, plus one miserably painful run, but I’m pumped and ready to go. Saturday morning will be interesting as I’m still living in western Mass. I get up at 4 to drive to work every morning, so doing it Saturday won’t be any different, but I don’t go running as soon as I get to the city on weekdays. The good thing is I can still park in Brighton, take a little nap on the T, and hopefully still get to the Common plenty early for the 8 a.m. race. We have a team photo at 7, and that’s when I’ll get my Pacesetter patch to wear!

I woke up yesterday with the worst fear that my eye issues were back – my right eye would not stop watering and seemed to be bulging. I’m hyper-aware of even the slightest changes to my eyes since the surgeries, but it turns out this is just either really bad allergies for the first time this year, or a sinus infection. As the day went on, everything got worse. I was burning up in a sleeveless dress, bare legs and open-toe shoes (it was only 65 outside), my head hurt, my eyes wouldn’t stop watering and I couldn’t stop sneezing. And I was more tired than I’ve felt in weeks, despite sleeping well lately. On the bus home, I actually fell asleep for a solid 10 minutes of the 20-minute ride. Driving home 1.5 hours was rough – I had to talk to myself and blast the music to keep myself awake. By this point, my head was throbbing in pain. I got home, ate a takeout dinner, and went to bed.  I woke up this morning feeling the same, but armed with Claritin thanks to my brother. Hopefully it’s just allergies and the Claritin helps.

I also got some kind of disappointing news yesterday at physical therapy (which was just so much fun feeling sick). Saturday will be my last run for a while. My ankle still isn’t healing, and the pain during certain stretches/exercises is almost unbearable. So, I’m allowed to race on Saturday and then I need to take at least 2-3 weeks off. I can still do my plyo workouts, but for cardio, I’ve got to stick to biking or something with less impact than running. Boo!

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