Santa Hustle 2015… T Minus 1 days

732What does “T” stand for, anyway?

I’m starting to freak out.  I keep remembering last year.  Last year was my first DNF race. Bear says he won’t be DFL, he would rather DNF than to be DFL.  I know that, no matter what, I need to finish this race.  Last year sucked so bad.  I was SO sick from trying too soon and pushing too hard and not going to the bathroom when I needed to go to the bathroom.  I’m terrified of this years race.

Wednesday was infusion day.  I will be feeling the effects of my infusion by race day.  HOWEVER, my problem knee has been feeling like a flare is coming this morning so I am going to start a prednisone taper for the next several days (a small one) to try to head off the major pain.  I hate doing this, but I know that my body isn’t going to cooperate with me if I don’t.  So I’m going to suck it up and do it.   Six days of prednisone to get me through whatever is coming.

I keep thinking how much I haven’t “had time”, again, to train for this half… and how well I felt after the 10k I did just over a week ago.  I can do this.  I may hurt in the end (my hips will hurt, that is a given), but I can do this.

It’s been an interesting week.  I’ve had several reasons to smile this week.  Living Life Large with Rheumatoid Arthritis has been starting to be a help to people and that means an awful lot to me.  I dream of the day when we are in triple or even QUADRUPEDAL digits with membership, but right now, it is what it is supposed to be, and that is good.  I got a Christmas card from across the way with a surprise Sheetz gift card in it. I could have cheerfully kicked the awesome lady who went it because the money would have been SO much better spent elsewhere.  But the thought and the card made me cry happy tears.   I got an early Christmas present last night… A teddybear that sings ‘Wind Beneath My Wings’ and holds a flower that says you are my hero.  It was very sweet… and made me cry happy tears… I immediately went and bought the Bette Midler song for my race tomorrow and this morning got an email that said for paying $1.29 for the song, I got free Kung Fu Panda download… then for downloading that ($7.99 in HD) I got another email that said I got a $1 credit towards digital music.  THAT was also kind of cool.  It’s been an okay week.

So here I am.  Coffee in hand… Peppermint Bark Donut Shop Coffee (yay holiday coffee) reflecting on my week’s vacation.  I only put in about 15 hours at work so far during this vacation week.  I’m getting ready to bust my kiester along Lake Erie tomorrow just because I can (or at least I hope I can).  And Christmas is in 6 days.  Me thinks it is a reasonably good vacation.

Have a wonderful weekend all.

Author: April Wells
Updated December 19, 2015



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