7 miles

Today I ran 7 miles.  I am Just getting over my first really bad exacerbation since I was diagnosed with MS in 2000.  I was doing so well since I started the MS drugs there were times I thought I had been misdiagnosed, and there was really nothing wrong with me.  I have three kids, and I have run 2 full marathons, and several half-marathons.  I always knew staying in shape was harder for me because I tire easily, but I also knew how important it was, and as long as I could do it, I would run.  I always had one more step in me.  I had been planning on doing a half marathon in eastern Oregon. It is supposed to be a really easy one because it is all down hill.  How can you get better than a run that is all down hill?  I was super excited to start my training when I was already in great shape.  I had been running 4-5 miles every day and it was easy for me.  I was probably in the best shape of my life.  Then it hit me.  I had burning pain in my legs and arms, and I could not walk up the stairs in my house without feeling like I’d been doing squats with 100 lbs for 3 hours straight.  I knew I was having an attack.  I had to put everything on hold. I was barely able to go to work, but I kept trying even if I had to leave early.  I was in pain 24 hours a day, and nothing could help.  The thing I hate most about this crappy disease is that the doctors don’t even know what to do!  Try this drug for a while, if that doesn’t work, try this one and see what happens.  And they all have side effects.  So now I have a dry mouth, can’t think straight, and I’m still in pain!

Well, today, I finally feel like I am on something that will help the pain.  It makes me tired, but the pain is gone.  And I ran 7 miles this morning!  I have been over the exacerbation for a while, because my energy is almost back to normal, but the burning in my arms lingers.  I know that the only way to get back to normal is to keep trying to get back in shape.  I have found that I now have to run in the morning, but I have also found that I like that better.  It is a great way to start the day!  And since I’m so tired every evening, it is no problem going to bed early! 🙂

I have decided that I am still going to run the half marathon I had planned on in August.  Maybe not as fast as I had previously hoped, my goal has changed from breaking my time, to just being able to finish it.  But I am going to finish it.  This may be my last one I am able to do, so I am not going to let this pesky MS stop me from doing it!

Today I ran 7, today is a good day!  Every day I can run is a good day, even if it makes me hurt after, it is worth it.  Because I did it!  I am bettering myself and moving forward!

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