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my excised tonsils

goodbye, tonsils!

i’m still in the process of trying to thank all who offered their encouraging words, positive vibes and pep talks before, during, and after the san francisco 1 day. the outpour of emails, “real-time” messages submitted via the form on the race website, voice messages, text messages, all the hugs and high-fives… it all meant so much more to me than any feeble attempt to express my gratitute through use of our limited means of communication could convey.

it would have been all too easy for me to label the entire endeavor a “failure”, since I did not stay at it for the entire 24 hours (i sucumbed after 19 hours) and ended up way short of my expectations by logging a meager 57.6 miles. thanks for helping reframe that, allowing myself to break free from the tangled web of my impaired judgement.

on a different subject, (it’s been an action-packed past 10 days!), i had surgery to remove my tonsils 5 days ago and am immensely glad that the doctor (and pretty much everyone i talked to prior to surgery) gave me an overly bleak picture of what the next couple of weeks would look like. equipped with advice to arrange for two weeks off work, a prescription for heavy narcotics with 3(!) refills, and a sentence of “two weeks of no driving”. i was mentally ready for the most miserable two weeks until i could begin to feel like myself again. (the consensus is that it is a fairly quick and painless recovery for children, but very painful and at a higher risk of bleeding on adult patients).

i was on the pain medication for exactly 2 and a half days, and had two very productive days at work yesterday and today. i did yoga and calisthenics this morning and plan to go on an easy run tomorrow. i’m back to my awfully bizarre eating habits and now my fridge is stocked with 2 weeks worth of jello and apple sauce that will most likely end up going to waste. (hey, if you’re local and would like an ample flavor spectrum of free jello 100 calorie packs you’re welcome to have them!)

the only positive account of someone who has had a tonsillectomy as an adult came from my ultra-running buddy Pete, and it suddenly made sense to me during my drive from work this afternoon: it is a much valid argument that it is rather hard to assimilate the fact we eagerly PAY to run an ultra in full awareness that we will experience long, miserable hours of pain and agony, and then spend a great deal of time (and more money) planning for the opportunity do it again.

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  • Anonymous November 29, 2008, 12:43 am

    Hi Nattie, it’s Greg. We need to reconnect! : ) Remember me?

  • Beiyi November 30, 2008, 4:58 am

    Hi Nattie,

    I am going to do the Big Cat 12 hr Challenge in HB on 12/27. Join me please?


  • Igor December 5, 2008, 3:27 am

    Oi Natalia! As vezes me pego acessando o seu site pra ver em que ponto da vida vc se encontra e sempre tenho boas noticias suas, especialmente em superacao e amor no que voce faz. Fico muito feliz em te ver motivada, tao animada com o esporte e com a vontade de viver intensamente. Gostaria que voce soubesse que vc me motiva e me faz prosseguir mais e mais na vontade de superar os desafios.
    Continue assim e forca nos proximos desafios “doidera” que voce se meter!
    Um beijo

  • adrianelima December 31, 2008, 1:10 pm

    Eu lembrei, juro que lembrei do seu aniversááaário! Só esqueci de te escrever, rsrsrs… Mas espero que tenha corrido tudo bem e que vc tenha se divertido bastante!

    Agora estou aqui para desejar um 2009 leve e cheio de boas surpresas, pra você e os seus queridos.

    Retirou as amígdalas, traduzi direito? E continua correndo isso tudo? Entrei num clube de corrida. Só faço trotar, 100m andando, 100m correndo, acho que nunca vou ser ultramegablaster maratonista, mas quem sabe em 2009/2010 não poderemos fazer um cooper em algum lugar por aí? Tou programando pra tirar o visto, espero que dê tudo certo e, próximas férias, apareço!
    Beijos e bom 2009!

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