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What to do now?

The mandatory break from exercise is about to drive me insane. I got my latest CPK numbers to see if the rhabdo is still working its way through my body. I’m only down to 12,000. Yes, I’m glad I haven’t regressed. I just wish I could recover much faster. I’m really tired. All muscles are REALLY stiff, my arms are still sore to the touch. I’m drinking all the water I can trying to flush out the protein overload. I still have no clear direction on when I can return to any activity. I’m under strict orders to refrain from any activity which might make me sweat. Living in Alabama, I’m going to sweat just by walking outside.

I’m still going to run the marathon in December. I’ve had great training up until this and I won’t be down from running much longer. I know I won’t be able to return right back to 15 mile long runs, but I will be by December. My plan is to do a half marathon, then drop to a walk/run for the second half. I have 7 hours to cross the line. I’m not giving up yet. No, I don’t want my first marathon to be a 7 hour, but I don’t want to just give up yet. I DO know that I don’t want to ever go through this again. I have a great doctor who said he will work with me every step until the race, and keep a close watch on my muscles and protein levels until then.

So again, I’m left with tightening my nutrition. Eating more often, smaller meals, and making sure I’m getting tons of nutrients to fuel my body with these half-working muscles. Tonight, I wanted pasta. I admit I half-way cooked this. I used store bought tortellini and added chicken, spinach, and roasted tomatoes. It was really good and I do believe I will take the rest for lunch.

  1. Cook tortellini according to directions.
  2. Drain. Turn heat to lowest setting.
  3. Add 1 cup of light alfredo sauce.
  4. Add 1 cup of cubed chicken breast.
  5. Add 2 cups of fresh spinach.
  6. Add 1/4 cup of tomatoes. I had some frozen roasted cherry tomatoes.
  7. Stir, enjoy!