July 2008 Archives

Oy vey


It's Tuesday afternoon, and something feels off in my midsection. I ignore it, thinking that it's just minor aches and pains. I haven't eaten since 4 pm, but I'm not hungry. Throughout the evening, the pain and pressure in my pelvic area worsens and the pain during urination is almost unbearable but I still ignore it thinking I'll go to the doctor in the morning, so I put my five-year-old son Ash to bed. A half-hour later, I realize I need to go to Urgent Care. This hurts, and now there's blood.

I wake him up and we go; I forgo eating dinner so we can make it before they close. It's a relatively quick process - in and out in an hour-and-a-half - and my sleepy son is doing well. I feel sorry for him as we go to the nearest 24-hour Walgreens so I can fill my antibiotic prescription. I get to the counter and wait. And wait. And wait and wait some more. The pharmacists are all busy. I am worrying that it's 10 pm already and my son needs to be in bed and how long will it take to fill the prescriptions after they get them - but they won't get them because they are taking too damn long! I realize I am hungry and I open a granola bar that has been lurking in my purse. I eat a few bites as a pharmacist finally comes over to help me. She asks if I've been there before, and suddenly I know something is very very wrong.

I feel sick and I think I'm hyperventilating. I say so out loud, thinking this is very similar to an episode I had 15 years ago. I think to myself that if I can't catch my breath, I'm going to pass out. The world goes gray, then black, and I see a train rushing at me and I think there's a train wreck. I realize I'm dreaming and it's time to wake up and I bolt upright. There's a weirdly familiar guy looking at me, and I realize he's a pharmacist at...where was I? Walgreens? You mean Walgreens isn't part of the dream?

Ash - where's Ash! I panic, but he's right next to me, freaked out. I hear people running around, there are so many people here that weren't here a minute ago. They are asking me questions, giving me tissues, telling me how I threw myself backward from the counter rigidly as though I had a seizure and how I landed on my head and kept my eyes open the whole time. Someone is asking Ash if he wants to look at toys. Don't let my son leave!

The paramedics arrive and ask me to call someone to help with Ash. His dad is not answering his phone; neither is Chris. I'm scared for Ash, who is up too late and freaked out. The paramedics are insistent that I call someone - anyone - and I keep trying Chris, hoping he hears his phone - I know he's awake, he's preparing to leave for MI for 8 days the following morning. Finally he answers and relief floods my body.

Chris arrives in record time and the paramedics insist I go to the ER even though I don't want to. I know I didn't take care of my body today - I didn't eat enough. I know I've been running on fumes for the last four days, barely able to put one foot in front of the other as I moved my house and worked through intense deadlines and meetings. I know I have a infection raging inside my body.

They hook me up to an IV on the way to the hospital and it hurts. I am scared for Ash, worried about my meetings the next day and really worried about Chris getting ready in time for his flight out the next morning.

I wait in the ER three hours (Ash gets to visit me once) before I'm finally told it'll be another six (!) hours before a doctor sees me. Screw this. I know what's wrong with my body and my son needs to go to bed and my friend needs to pack. After a big emergency, someone finally comes down to see me about my request to leave, has me sign a waiver and asks me to keep someone around for the next 48 hours to make sure it doesn't happen again.

Finally, we leave. I get Ash to sleep around 1:30 am and I have a fitful night's sleep. This morning I have a meeting at 9 am, but I know I can't make it. I text a coworker, who jumps right in to cover me, and wait for Ash's dad Johnny to finally get all the messages we left on his phone the night before. I can't meet him at our normal meeting spot to exchange Ash; my car is still at Walgreens. Five minutes after our meeting time, I get the call. He comes over to my house to pick up Ash and offers to watch Ash this evening while I continue to recover.

Chris comes and gives me a ride to my car before he leaves. I'm tempted to ask the Walgreens manager for the surveillance tape so I can actually see what happened.

When I arrive back home, I discover two more caterpillars in my living room (one of which has created a hole in my carpet under a box - can anyone help me identify? I tried to upload the photo but it's not working) and realize my internet is still not working. I have one more meeting I need to attend and at least two hot deadlines to make today. I can't do it. All I want to do is lie down on my bed and rest my head. And so I do.

My coworkers and clients are gracious and understanding, for which I am grateful. I have a massive headache, but think that the reason I don't have a bigger goose egg on the back of my head is because I was wearing a plastic clip to hold my hair back and it shattered as I fell. That's two in one week, dammit!


It only took me two and a half months!

What I love about having crazy-ass runner friends: they think nothing of calling you up at 10 am on a summer morning in the desert and asking you to go on a spur-of-the-moment run in monsoon season....and I think nothing of saying, "of course!"

We headed out to Douglas Springs trailhead at the end of Speedway Blvd out near Saguaro National Park East. Mo wanted to head back to Bridal Veil falls and I wanted to experiment with my knee. It was soon apparent that Mo and Daniel were in much better shape than me, so I told them to take off to the falls - I'd turn around whenever they caught back up to me.

It was hot and muggy (noon in the desert in summer), and I'd forgotten sunscreen. The clouds danced with the sun, threatening rain (please, please! I begged), and giving wonderful cool breezes and shade at times. I was doing okay by myself, hiking mostly (up, up, up!), when I heard something big in the bushes nearby. I stopped. It stopped. I walked again. It walked again.

Mountain lion country, is all I could think.

I froze. It froze. I didn't move a muscle for five minutes. Neither did it. I slowly reached down and grabbed a rock, then lifted both arms in the air and started backing slowly down the trail. (Make yourself as big as possible, so you don't look like an easy target; walk slowly, don't run.)

Down the trail a bit I felt better, but I still didn't let go of the rock! I jogged bit once I got back down on the flats, but mostly took it easy. I hung out at the trailhead waiting for Mo and Daniel, who arrived shortly thereafter.

My knee? Felt great!

I did a little over 3 miles, and I'm guessing 500-700 feet of climbing. (I forgot my Garmin.) We followed it up with subway, a swim and rock band. All in all, a great Sunday afternoon :)

Pain-free run


Finally! It happened Tuesday morning. 2 (very slow) miles, with no pain - during the run, after the run or even a few days later. Amazing!

While I was slow and could tell I've put on 10 lbs (no joke), I was pleasantly surprised at how well my lungs did (considering it was hot and humid). Yay for the gym!

Looking forward to trying to get out to Sabino early morning this weekend. Add some hills and a little longer distance.

I'm feeling a little down about the weight and lack of running, but I can tell I'm at a good spot to slowly build up my mileage again. I feel confident that I'll be ready for Pemberton in February, woo hoo!!



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Race Reports:

Angie approaches 17

April 26, 2008: Zane Grey 50k, Payson, AZ - 30 miles for my 30th Birthday - Report and Photos

Mama and Angie round the curve to the finish

April 6, 2008, A Lark in the Park 5k, Phoenix Zoo, AZ, Report and Photos

Angie in the orange shirt

Nov. 22, 2007: Thanksgiving Cross-Country Classic, Tucson, AZ, Report Run'n'Roll07 004

Oct. 7, 2007: Jim Click Run'n'Roll 8k, Tucson, AZ, Report

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June 2, 2007: Meet Me Downtown 5k, Tucson, AZ, Recap

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May 6, 2007: Cinco de Mayo 10k, Tucson, AZ, with Paki (my first 10k ever!) Recap

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March 30-31, 2007: Ragnar Relay Del Sol, Wickenburg to Scottsdale, AZ, as part of the Performance Footwear Team, Recap and Photos


November 23, 2006, Tucson, AZ: Thanksgiving Day Cross-Country Classic with Team Run Like a Girl - Setting a PR! Recap


October 1, 2006, Tucson, AZ: Jim Click Run & Roll with Recap

Angie at the finish of Sugar & Spice 50k

June 10, 2006, Cave Run Lake, KY: Sugar & Spice 32 Mile Ultramarathon with Results... plus Recap Part 1 and Recap Part 2, also Pictures! and more Pictures!

Ash and Mama run to the finish line

April 22, Tucson, AZ: Spring Cross Country Classic 5k: Recap and Pictures


April 15, 2006, Sabino Canyon, Tucson, AZ Sabino Canyon Sunset Run: Recap and Pictures

Coming into the mid aid station at Pemberton

February 4, 2006, Pheonix, AZ Pemberton 50k, my first ultra: Recap Parts One and Two, also Pictures

Iron Girl Mother/Daughter 5k

December 2005, Tempe, AZ Iron Girl Mother/Daughter 5k:Recap and Pictures

Angie at the Cactus Cha-Cha 7 miler

October 2005, Phoenix, AZ Cactus Cha-Cha 7-mile: Pictures

Angie and Paki at their first race together

September 2005, Tucson, AZ Jim Click's Run&Roll 8k: Pictures

Angie at the finish line of her first race

August 2005, Flagstaff, AZ Soldier Trail 5k, my first race: Pictures

Crew Reports:

p>March 1, 2008: Crewing for Olga, at the Old Pueblo 50 mile. Report (photo link at the end of the report)

Oct. 26-28, 2007: Pacing for Kirk at Javelina Jundred, Reports: Part I and Part II

April 28, 2007: Olga's Crew Pinky Report on Zane Grey 50 Mile Race

March 4, 2007: Volunteer report from Old Pueblo 50 Mile Endurance Run

February 4, 2007: Volunteer Report from Twin Peaks 50/50

April 27 (?), 2006: Volunteer Report from Zane Grey 50 Mile Race