Running has taken a back seat at times over the past couple months to physical issues.
First, a couple (or the same) kidney stones that put me down for a week.
Then a mass on my kidney was found that ended up being a cyst. No big deal after all.
Finally a week ago Friday I had a good run. It was only 4 miles, but I felt good and enjoyed it. I got home and went to the bathroom and had very visible blood in my urine. Ugh. Not something else. So I went to the doc in a box and they said I had no infection, but if it continued, I should go to the ER. Fortunately it stopped quickly and I was fine. I took Saturday as my day off of running as usual and then went out Sunday for a longer run.
The weather was cool on Sunday and lots of rain, but the run was good. I got to 7.5 miles when the thunder started. I texted my son to come pick me up (as I do not run in storms) and by the time he got to me, it was thundering and lightening all around me. I got home safely and totally soaked and went up to get in a shower. I used the bathroom and… yes… bloody urine again.
So now I realized, this wasn’t a one time thing and it was connected to running. I’ve had lots of injuries over the past few years of running, but this one took the cake. So Monday I made an appointment with a urologist and waited to see what was happening to me.
Fortunately it wasn’t something horrible. I had a stone in my bladder and when I would run, the stone would literally cut my bladder and make me bleed. So I had to stop running until I could get this stone out of me surgically. My doctor was able to schedule me for last Wednesday, so I went in, got it out and came home.
Finally yesterday I ran and had no problems. It was such a relief to run and not bleed. Crazy me writing that, but it is true.
I hope that all these seemingly unrelated problems are now over and I can get back to training for my half marathon at the end of December. I have new shoes, a fixed up body and am ready to head out.
One cool thing is that my urologist commented that it is incredibly rare for someone to lose nearly 100 lbs by diet and exercise. He said in all his years of practice he only knows of about a dozen people who have done that successfully. I admit, that made my day.