So first up, a little confession of sorts. Last night I was not feeling very well. To cut a long story short I went to the Doctors this morning and have another UTI, and another course of antibiotics. I did not sleep much last night (I think worrying about how I should be getting more sleep in the run up to the marathon made it even worse as I was just clock watching all night) and I was in a bit of pain this morning. I am so annoyed as before Feb (when I got one) I have never had one of these. The Doctor told me I need to drink more to help prevent them coming back, but I already have 750ml water at work (sometimes I re-fill this), 3 x 330ml glasses of water per day, rooibos/ mint tea x 2 and 1 cup normal tea. Which seems a lot to me. But anyway, drink more I will.
I got very upset when I got back from the Doctors, although he did say that it should probably be completely gone in 48 hours (the normal course of antibiotics is 3 days but he gave 7 because I already had it once this year- so I am thinking if the course is only 3 days then Saturday would be the 3rd day of it). I think last time I left it a few days before I went to the Doctors, so it got a bit worse. Anyway, this afternoon the pain is practically gone, I won’t go into details but I am feeling much better and a little more optimistic. I sat here for about an hour reading stuff on the Runners World forum about running and antibiotics- a lot of stuff was about chest infections etc (which obviously would affect running due to the breathing), but there were people saying they had run with UTI’s, just taken it a little easier. So at the moment, I am going to make sure I drink loads and loads, take the tablets, and see how I feel on Saturday morning- maybe follow the 5.15 pacer runners instead of the 5.00. I cancelled my haircut for this evening and have been making sure I sit about a lot today, and I am feeling ok so I know I will be fine for work tomorrow if I still feel like this. So fingers crossed that I caught it nice and early this time.
So please keep your fingers crossed for me (thanks to Alison for the shout out too 🙂 )- I really really want to run this marathon, but of course I am not going to put myself through 5+ hours of painful running. So if you are following online and my chip does not move, you know why.
Onto more positive news, I looked at the forecast here and it looks like perfect running weather- cool (9-13 C) with a light breeze. It does keep changing a little, but within a good range.
On the carb front, we are having a home-made pizza this evening. I tried another Eat Natural bar today;
I was so hungry when I got back from the Doctors (I felt a bit icky this morning and didn’t finish my porridge) and Andy had chosen these as he liked the idea of the bakewell flavour, but they were very sweet. I did not notice the yoghurt coating until I was eating it (it was hiding underneath how cheeky). But anyway, something like 26g carbs per bar is not bad, just hope I get to use them up! I had a bagel for lunch and a little bowl of cereal this afternoon (have to eat/ drink milk with the tablets) and am up to 196g carbs for the day, so will add some late night snack too (I was aiming for 250g which did not sound like much but I am not going to get up to that I don’t think, but I think I will have had enough as before the 20 miler I didn’t do anything different food-wise). Tomorrow I am going to take some pasta salad to work (must remember to make this later) for lunch and then take some bagels and bananas and cereal bars to eat on the plane/ at the airport for dinner.
Right, I am off to do some packing and drink some more water. I will be super hydrated. I hope everyone has a lovely bank holiday weekend (when it gets here) and please keep your fingers crossed for me! The hotel has free broadband, so I might even manage a quick update to let you all know how (if) I get on.