Thursday, August 30, 2007


And slowly getting better =) I have no longer any discomfort and symptoms left from the mono, except the extreme fatigue, but that's easier to deal with than all that I had. I've had some complications, swollen liver and spleen and had to do a series of more blood work and an ultrasound. Everything is back to normal now. But at some point, I felt like I would never get through this and that is a pretty shitty feeling....

As for running, the doctor said to get back to it slowly and take it easy. I miss it so much though, I really want to go for a run right now... But my mother who has been in town for 2 weeks now, helping me with my dog walking and house chores, is strickly forbidding me to run. I know I am 26 years old but she'S a pretty scary woman when she wants too! lol Seriously, I also think that it is better if I wait until I come back from my trip to San Francisco. I am leaving on Sunday for the AFS conference, I am giving a talk on Wednesday and I'm very stressed about it (it's not done yet...)

I kinda made peace with the idea that I will not PR at the Detroit Half. Just being healthy, running it and having fun will be enough.

Happy running to those who can =)

Thursday, August 16, 2007


I am still feeling very tired and I now have a sore throat so the doctor asked me to do some more bloodwork to check the difference with last week's. I had no clue what to expect when I got there and they said the nurse wanted to "talk" to me... The surprise is that the mono came out positive this time =( I still haven't talked to my doctor about it but I was quite shock to see it positive after it was negative last week. I am trying not to freak out about this and to take things slow. But it is very hard at the moment to work less, I am going to a conference in San Francisco at the end of the month and I have to prepare my talk.... One day at a time, right?

Saturday, August 11, 2007


Not our best week in the Melançon’s household. Rocky has been vomiting and has had diarrhea all week… yeah not fun! And I’ve also been pretty sick: nausea, chills, lymph nodes swollen, headache, fever, over tired and appetite loss (that one I can take! lol). The doctor thought I had mononucleosis and that really made me freak out! I mean I am trying to finish my Ph.D. here. I am leaving Windsor at the end of December and everything’s got to be done in the lab by then… so yeah pressure! I am happy to report though, that it is NOT mono =) They have no clue what I have, but whether it is viral or bacterial it should be gone in a week or so (I am on antibiotic). Phew!

But I think I just realized that this is my body giving me a sign that I am not a super human. I cannot achieve everything and there will be more opportunities for me to concentrate on running. I have to listen to my body and I think it’s telling me that I am doing too much. I wanted to go with a Half-marathon training program of 12 weeks-5 days a week of running but I think it is more reasonable for me to downgrade this to 9 weeks-3 days a week… I am taking a full week off and maybe more. I’ll see how I feel. Right now I sleep 12h a night and nap 1-2 times a day…. I am disappointed but I can’t manage everything right now.

Wednesday, August 08, 2007


At home, shivering with a fever under 2 blankets, the only thing I can think about is if I'm really that sick that I can't go for my 3 miler tonight.... what is wrong with me??!!

Monday, August 06, 2007


I am sad that the week-end is already over... 3 days to spend with my BF was not nearly enough. For those who have ever been in long distance relationships (eh Yumke) you know how much separation sucks... Anyhow, the week-end was awesome. We had gorgeous weather and we had a great time at the wedding. We nearly missed the Mass at the Church, we got lost on the QEW/403... We got in at 5h05 as she finished walking up the aisle, phew!!! =)

The Newlyweds leaving the Church:
And here is me with my FABULOUS dress and my Man =)
We spent the week-end in Niagara Falls and visited Jackson Triggs winery in Niagara-on-the-lake.

As for running, we ended up being too busy to run! So, I did my 3 miler on Sunday night after spending 6h in the car and eating chicken wings and fries for lunch.. I was tired and it was not my best run!

I ate a bag of cheese curds for dinner at around 9 PM and still wasn't sure I was going to race that 10K the next morning. I saw that the race was at 10:30 AM and that kind of sold me up! I get to race and still sleep in: awesome!

Carb loading with chicken wings and cheese the day before and barely drinking any water. I knew this was not going to be a fast race and I didn't mind much. I was very tired when I got up. I was suppose to do this as a LSD but I did not want to finish last!! Windsor races always have really fast paces with 75% of the participants finish in 60 mins or less for this 10K!!

Its the first time I race without my garmin and it felt really weird. I had no clue how fast I was going. I tried to keep it comfortable for the first 5K and push for the remaining of the race. I think its a good sign that I passed 4 people in the last half =) Final chip time 1:06:05 (10:38 min/mile) which is better than what I expected! And I am glad to say that I did not finish last! :D
I am taking a day off running tomorrow and will resume on the schedule Wednesday!

Happy running week everyone!

Thursday, August 02, 2007


Not mine.... yet ;-)

I am going to my first wedding tomorrow and it's on a Friday. Church at 5 and then reception at 7 PM. It's going to be a sticky one in Burlington (32 feeling like 39)... It's good my dress is light!

The best thing is that my BF is flying in from St. John's to be my date! =) That also means I have a running partner for my 3 miler on Saturday. I am considering doing a 10K race on Monday morning (holiday here) as I have a 5 miler plan and I don't think I can squeeze it in on Sunday... anyway we'll see (I know I said no more races, but I don't think I can do it!!)

Have a good and hot week-end everyone. I'll post some pictures when I come back, my dress is F-A-B! =)

Yes, you read right.... my Garmin died yesterday.... Or it looks like it did... Buttons are not responding, can't turn on can't turn off but then when I plug it to recharge the battery it turns on, but I can't do anyting!! So, frustrating!!!! I AM TOTALLY DEPENDANT ON THIS LITTLE THING! I feel like my puppy died....

Sonia's Garmin
16 July 2006-1 August 2007
(Yes a few days after the warranty ended....)

This week's training so far:
Tuesday: 3 miles @ 11:06 min/mile
Wednesday: 5 X 500 m @ 8:15 to 9:10 min/mile (Garmin is dead I am trying to remember!)
Thursday: 3 miles @ 36 mins (First run without Garmin... SO FREAKIN HOT)
I need a new garmin of find a solution to my problem...