The Scotiabank Toronto waterfront marathon will be held this weekend. I am very excited to watch online and cheer on some of my running friends. However I am sad not to be back. The Toronto marathon last year was my breakthrough race. I will always have fond memories of this race. After the world champs marathon disaster in August I had a tentative plan of running the Toronto marathon. However, sadly I was not able to train enough. After getting back from Russia I started to train again but only if my side was not hurting. Most days I was still in pain and then a couple of weeks after our return my side got very painful and I was very nauseated and felt awful. I went to the doctor and had so many tests done . . . ultrasound, blood test, MRI. It felt like all of my time was at at a doctors office or lab. Anyway from all these tests they found a small cyst on my spleen. I am still not sure if this was causing all the pain during the marathon and after but am glad that it has gone away. Dr McClintock the chiropractor I see thinks it may have been something muscular. I had a few treatments which did help.
After the pain and nausea subsided (about one month ago) I have been slowly adding mileage and intensity. Nothing spectacular or speedy but just building. I am not sure of my running plans for next year yet. Maybe a spring marathon or I may get back on the track and try and qualify for the Commonwealth games in the 10,000m. I have not run a track race since college so I am excited to do a few track races :-) However right now my focus is to get back to the fitness level I was at before world champs. It is so hard once you have time off to start again. I pretty much had 3 months of very minimal running. I could not even cross train due to the pain. So right now I am very happy to be out running again pain free!! I will update more often.
Happy running everyone and to those of you running the Toronto marathon have a great race and enjoy!!! A special mention to Krista Duchene and Lanni Marchant who are going after the Canadian record on Sunday. Have a great race ladies!!!!