Thursday, October 17, 2013

Long overdue update

The Scotiabank Toronto waterfront marathon will be held this weekend. I am very excited to watch online and cheer on some of my running friends. However I am sad not to be back. The Toronto marathon last year was my breakthrough race. I will always have fond memories of this race. After the world champs marathon disaster in August I had a tentative plan of running the Toronto marathon. However, sadly I was not able to train enough. After getting back from Russia I started to train again but only if my side was not hurting. Most days I was still in pain and then a couple of weeks after our return my side got very painful and I was very nauseated and felt awful. I went to the doctor and had so many tests done . . . ultrasound, blood test, MRI. It felt like all of my time was at at a doctors office or lab. Anyway from all these tests they found a small cyst on my spleen. I am still not sure if this was causing all the pain during the marathon and after but am glad that it has gone away. Dr McClintock the chiropractor I see thinks it may have been something muscular. I had a few treatments which did help.

After the pain and nausea subsided (about one month ago) I have been slowly adding mileage and intensity. Nothing spectacular or speedy but just building. I am not sure of my running plans for next year yet. Maybe a spring marathon or I may get back on the track and try and qualify for the Commonwealth games in the 10,000m. I have not run a track race since college so I am excited to do a few track races :-) However right now my focus is to get back to the fitness level I was at before world champs. It is so hard once you have time off to start again. I pretty much had 3 months of very minimal running. I could not even cross train due to the pain. So right now I am very happy to be out running again pain free!! I will update more often.

Happy running everyone and to those of you running the Toronto marathon have a great race and enjoy!!! A special mention to Krista Duchene and Lanni Marchant who are going after the Canadian record on Sunday. Have a great race ladies!!!!


  1. I'm very sorry for the ongoing pain you were experiencing and glad that you're able to run again, Mary. Your win last year at the STWM was very inspiring! You'll be back again strong, no doubt! Wishing you all the best!

  2. Thank you so much Anna. I am so sorry it took me so long to reply. I only just saw your comment now. HAPPY HOLIDAYS :-)