It's all about attitude. Back to racing (and blogging)
Tere Zacher

As I am sitting in my hotel room, I am reflecting about what a wonderful life I have. I didn't say easy life, I say wonderful. Life is not what happens to you, life is what you do with what happens to you, how you react to it, the attitude you have towards it.

I spent most of 2014 injured and not able to run (forget about racing). I was finally fine (my body, i is) at the end of 2014 and my coach and I sat big goals for the Spring season. What we didn't know is that the Arizona weather was going to change a little and, instead of having a dry Fall we had more rain than usual (not complaining about it). We have also had a very nice Spring and beginning of the Summer. Our temperatures have been fairly low compared to our usual heat. While all this is great news for people who like he outdoorsy life and for people that like to see he beauty of a blooming desert (seriously, there is nothing like looking at the cacti blooming and all those beautiful trees, flowers, and dormant plants alive), it's really bad news for people with mild allergies... and it's almost fatal for people with extreme allergies and asthma, as it is my case. 

I have always been allergic to many things and, after years of weekly shots they were somehow under control. For whatever reason this year they stared flaring up really bad and it triggered my asthma to an almost deadly level. I had to change my Spring racing plans (good bye May marathon) and find a new treatment plan to manage both my allergies and asthma as well. After several months, many visits to the pulmonary doctor, three shots per week, plus a ton of medicine (believe me, I am not a fan of medicines but when you are turning blue because you can't breathe and are most likely to end up in the ER twice a week, you learn to embrace it) my allergies and asthma are finally under control and I am feeling strong and full of air :)

The good news is that I was able to run all this time. Not pretty runs, not pace or tempo runs (it was hard enough trying to run while having only 20% of my lung capacity), but I was able to hit the pavement every day since January. This is the longest I have been able to run in a year without injury or stopping! I am thankful to a certain point that I got this asthma thing right now. Think about it, instead of pushing the miles and the tempo right away I have been able to build back slowly and now my body is used to run again and is healthy. Now I can start "real" marathon training and start pushing mileage and pace. All blessings come in disguise. Perhaps if I didn't have it I would have been tempted to start running too much too soon and would have ended up injured again... anyway, I am finally back at it and happier and better than ever. 

I am leaving next Sunday to Europe where I will be running at altitude and getting ready for the Fall season. Kori will be attending school while I train and we will be sightseeing and vacationing when I am not training and she is not in school. I am so thankful for his opportunity for both of us! We will have Dijon as our base, but we sneaked some short trips so we will visit Amsterdam, Brussels, Lille, Paris (our favorite city in the world!) and Iceland. I am really looking forward to running in Iceland and those stunning landscapes! (as long as a volcano doesn't erupt while we are there ;) ).

Today I am in Ventura, California. I am racing tomorrow a half marathon. More like a training run than a race. last week was the first week I was able to run without stopping to use my inhaler, and it was the first week I could do four miles in a row at marathon pace (MP). So tomorrow, I will star a an easy pace for the first 7 miles and try to finish the last 6.1 at MP. It won't be a fast time at the end, but it will be a great starting point towards Chicago Marathon. More important, it will be a great way to see where my body and my mind are in regards to racing and being uncomfortable. I am just thankful I can run and I get a second opportunity to start again. 

So, whatever you are going through right now, just remember there is always light at the end of the tunnel, and even if you don't see it now, or if it seems too far away, hang in there and keep a positive attitude. Remember than this, too, shall pass. 

Thanks so much for reading! I wll be posting my blog once or twice per week in this (my very new!) website. Thanks for following it!

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