The Dana Point Turkey Trot was the only race I registered for this year. While I had a blast, I didn’t really consider it a “race.” It was a fun run. And we really did have a lot of fun out there!
It’s a blast showing up seeing people in turkey outfits, wearing funky turkey hats, and we even saw someone dressed as Santa with reindeer running with him. It’s awesome seeing all of the kids running and families out there having a good time just before stuffing their faces over Thanksgiving dinner.
Mostly, this year was full of illness and injury for me. Back in January I went out for what was supposed to be an easy 6 mile run and I suddenly got short of breathe, dizzy, and was passing out while less than half a mile into my run. I was hospitalized twice within one week and the shortness of breathe continued.
I saw several doctors, plenty of specialists and at the end of the day was treated with several aggressive doses of antibiotics to eliminate what was determined to be a pulmonary infection. I suffered through a very bad bout of bronchitis, gained some weight, and really haven’t run consistently in a while.
Ever since I finished the antibiotics I’ve felt pain in my joints. In both my achilles and my knees. I can’t tell if it’s because I put on some weight (which is totally possible) or if it was the side-effects of the antibiotics.
Either way it sucks and I’ve missed running.
I been running some light miles the last couple of months and I started playing in a Saturday basketball league. And while I can put up some big points (I scored 16 3-pointers in one game), I totally miss running.
So I’m training for my first trail race in over a year at the Xterra Crystal Cove trail run on February 22, 2015. It’s a short 6k and I start training this upcoming week.
I can’t begin to tell you how much I’m looking forward to this!