Thursday, November 20, 2008

Even the best of plans get messed up

Well I am officially not running the Spa 10k this weekend.

Ever since I was sick last Friday I had noticed different and weird colors in my urine. Not really anything unusual as endurance sports does cause different colors due to hydration levels. I just figured that I was dehydrated. With the cooler weather I know I'm not drinking enough water and I have been running longer without drinking than normal. Rested all day Saturday, drank a lot of water. Rested Sunday then ran again 3 miles. Monday started getting the weird colors again. Got some cranberry juice and started drinking that. Have been feeling fine all through that. Felt great yesterday and then saw just a very small drop of blood in my urine. Figured it was time to call the doc then.

Went today and saw my doc. Had me do a pee test. He said there was microscopic blood particles in it and that he thinks its just from the running. Seems there is a condition called "Joggers Hermaturia", where the bladder bounces around and the bouncing can cause blood. I guess it's pretty common in runners and probably a lot of people don't even realize that its happening. In fact, he told me he had a local runner in there today with the exact same problem, and that he knew I knew them but he couldn't say who it was. Weird to have two with this kind of problem the same day in a small town like Cabot.

He also ran some blood tests to check my kidney functions but I won't know the results on that for a day or so. They said they would call me. He told me that he would like for me to not run for 10 days then get checked again. If nothing shows up then it's most likely caused from running. If something does show up, then they want to do a CT Scan and run a tube up places I don't want. Yuck.

So there you have it, I can run, but I can't run. It still leaves me open to run the half in Memphis I suppose if everything is OK. 10 days off will for sure hurt my chances for a PR. Sure wish the weather was warmer so I could bike more.

Hope to know more soon, till then I'll be thinking about all of you running in the cold while I'm warm and getting fat!


Cheryl said...

OH NOOO!! I've never heard of that, but that doesn't mean a thing! We will miss you this weekend, I was just thinking "how can I get out of that 10K?" it's too damned cold for me!!

Susan said...

Yikes! Good luck. I have never heard of that.

Arland said...

Thanks for the comments! I think I am just jinxed running the Spa10k. Last year I was out because of a stress fracture after Tulsa. I'm not upset about missing a run in sub-freezing temps though:)