My NYC Marathon dreams are quickly turning into nightmares!
After being really sick and tired for over a year I’ve just been diagnosed with Leaky Gut which has lead to severe immune system issues (shingles three times in a year, mono that lasted for months, etc), problems with my thyroid producing T3 (the fat burner) which is why I gained 30 pounds, and also adrenal issues which is why my sleep is so messed up.
I’m seeing a functional medicine doctor who has me eating a super strict auto-immunity/leaky gut diet for 30 days and then I’ll be gluten, soy, and peanut free forever. Along with really limiting dairy and sugar for the rest foreseeable future to prevent this from happening again. These first 30 days are tough, only cooked veggies and lean meats, but I know it’ll get easier soon once I can add raw veggies and fruits back in.However, the absolute worst part is that after 10 weeks of hard NYC training the marathon is on the back burner while I get healthy. I am no longer allowed to workout 6 days a week. Instead I am allowed to do 3 very easy workouts, preferably walks, or jogs at 14/15min miles super easy. I am really upset about having to basically take a whole month off like this, NYC has been my dream marathon for years and I finally made it in the lottery on the 3rd try. I can’t defer because my hotel and plane are non-refundable and on a teacher budget I can’t afford that again.
I’ll be done with the 30 day diet plan eight weeks before the marathon and then I can very slowly start adding in some work. But, with adding it back in so slowly and only 8 weeks to do that it looks like there is no way I’ll be in marathon shape. This is especially crushing because I had just killed a 14 miler and still had 12 awesome weeks of training ahead of me. My new goal is to get to a point where I can at least be on the course since this is my dream and may be my only chance.
At this point the dream is to be healthy enough and back in shape enough after my 30 days off to run/walk or even just walk the NYC marathon I want to experience it and I need you all to keep your fingers crossed!!! (Fake smiles while walking).
Let me know-
Do you have any fabulous words of advice?