In September 2003 I have the following entry in my running log: “Strange little blisters on my hands and feet. Skin feels weird and back muscles funny.” Two days later: “Headaches and upset stomach continues – diagnosed with Coxsackie virus that I got via Rohann’s Kinder Garden.”
In October 2004 I have the following entry in my running log: “Small blisters are back on my hands and feet and skin feels weird again. Is Coxsackie back?” A week later: “Stomach not well…I’m sure it is the Coxsackie virus again.”
In November 2004: “Down with Meningitis! Doctor positive it was caused by Coxsackie virus.”
October 2005: “Can’t believe it! Little blisters on my hands and headaches with upset stomach! Coxsackie virus!”
November 2006: “Upset stomach really bad. Skin feels very weird and back muscles ache. Headaches not too bad this time.”
2007, 2008 – Nothing!
December 2009 – “Skin weird with small blisters…I can’t believe this! Hospitalized with very bad stomach and dehydration. Headaches not good but surviving.”
2010, 2011 – Nothing!
November 2012 – “Only noticed small blisters on my hands today. Skin weird and headaches quite bad. This must be why Sunday was such a terrible run. It seems Coxsackie is back. Can this be? It sure feels like it.”
The above are all extracts from my running logs. This thing has really been very irritating and annoying. It drains my energy completely and puts my running back a few weeks every time. I thought I was rid of it but I am not so lucky. Whether it is the Coxsackie virus or not I don’t know. I just know I am really sick of it.
As a result I am not running the Sani Stagger Marathon this weekend. I am just not ready to drag myself over that huge mountain.
I will however run a half marathon on Saturday instead. A real tuffy. The Tom Jenkins Half Marathon at the union buildings in Pretoria. This would be a nice little test in itself. The profile shows why…
Tom Jenkins Half Marathon
So Sani is out of the window but all is certainly not lost. I have to look after myself. I have enormous goals for 2013 and can’t afford any setbacks now. I'm also not nearly done with 2012 as well.
Have you ever battled some illness or condition for multiple years?
Happy running all!