So two weekends ago I lined up to do my first 100k race and second ultra race of 2017. The night before I had a sore throat and again was fighting a bug. Seems all winter and now into spring I have been fighting one thing after another.
So the start of my problem was getting carried away at the end of last year and registering for two ultra races so close together. Then not feeling 100 percent for the race and the fact it rained continually all day of the race resulted in the only result that could have happened which was my second DNF for 2017.
I started the race off fairly strong but about 30k into the race my left ITB flared up and I’m assuming not long enough recovery from my last race was to blame. I was soaked when I got into the third aid station but decided to try and change some clothes to warm up. That was a bad idea as I stopped moving and got cold. I tried to warm up after that aid station but I just couldn’t and my ITB kept making me slower and slower which meant, I wasn’t moving as quick and it was hard just to keep hold of any body warmth.
I was on my way to the 5th aid station when I started to shiver and my teeth began to chatter and I knew that was not a good sign. I stopped at the 5th aid station to grab some soup and as soon as I sat down, I just started to have some serious uncontrollable body shivers. The aid station volunteers were awesome and handed me hot chocolate and blankets and soup and kept an eye on me. One volunteer put me in her car with the heated seats on and the blowers going and I got to the point that I began to warm up. After 20 minutes she came back and said that it was good to see that I was no longer blue!
Eventually the volunteer who put me in her car asked if I wanted to continue the race or drop out. I left the car to go pee and started shivering again. I decided my health would be at stake and went back to the car and confirmed I wanted to drop. The same volunteer dropped me back at the start/finish area which was great and I cannot thank her enough or the other volunteers at the fifth aid station and out on the course braving the awful weather. I had friends in the race and maybe if the weather was better and I had dropped due to injury and this wasn’t my second DNF of the year, I would have hung around to cheer them on, but to be honest I was cold and in fact it took me the rest of the day to get back to my normal body temperature and I was just utterly depressed. So I decided to head home and another racer who wasn’t racing and crewing her husband gave me a ride to my friends place.
I got to my friends place and showered, got changed and packed up and managed to get a ride from her husband to the local skytrain station and I headed home. On the way home I was just really emotional and there were a few times I nearly cried/ I think I was close to one of my lowest points with my state of mind.
So this now leaves me with two DNF’s for the year and I still do not feel fully recovered from whatever has hit me this year. I thought maybe my immune system was compromised and even tried a fast to reset my immune system. I have tried various over the counter medicines, homeopathic remedies and no joy. I recently thought perhaps it was allergy’s and have been taking an anti histamine and trying various natural remedies such as honey, coconut oil, apple cider vinegar and yet every day I wake up congested and sometimes with sore throat or headaches. I’m at a loss what to do. I want to start running again and I’m resting for a few weeks but I don’t know if I will be able to run again anytime soon with the whatever this illness is. Maybe it’s over training syndrome? I just don’t know.
I know that unless I become a seasoned ultra runner at the 100k and 100 mile distance that it’s not a good idea to only have 3 weeks between races so that’s a lesson learned. Maybe my body is trying to teach me a lesson with my current sickness; maybe I took on too much trying to train, move house, increase my commute; maybe I need more sleep, more rest, less stress. I just do not know at this stage, but I know I want to race the Squamish 50/50 in August and I’m going to try everything to get better and train for that race.