by Shane Hutton June 2013
Well I have now sat inside on my couch for 2.5 weeks. It has been an eye opening experience for me I don`t think I have ever sat still for so long. It started off with me thinking I had man flu, a common problem for males all over the country at this time of year, but I quickly realized it was something a little worse.
After having fever & sweating for far too many hours to count & a few kilo`s dropped it was time to see the Dr. He was quick to diagnose the problem...Pneumonia, gave me an injection in the bum and sent me on my way with the promise of injections to follow every day for 3 days yayyyyyyy....
I had x-rays to confirm the problem & was told to rest. I was also told I would not be running for 6 weeks. Now there`s a problem as most people know I am doing a charity run around Port Phillip Bay 240km ish in 6 weeks. :(
So the time has come for me to make the call. I am going to delay the start of the run to either the middle of August or the end it will depend on how quick I can get back to it. I am very disappointed but whilst I am feeling a lot better I am assured that this illness will have lasting effects on my fitness. I do not want to rush back & start my run only to be forced out & possibly hospitalised by a dodgy lung or 2.
It has been a tough decision but I feel it is the right one. so now I will look for positives in this scenario. One positive is it gives me a few extra weeks to raise money :) Also whilst sitting on the couch I have put together our first Ultra Life overseas trip. New Zealand mountain biking for 3.5 solid days. Hit me up for more details we are looking for 1-2 more people to fill spots.
Well I went back to the Dr today & I have the all clear to go back to work tomorrow woooo. He has also told me to resume training just on a reduced level. There are still signs of the Pneumonia & it will take time to be 100%. I am very excited to be back at work tomorrow & training again :)
As the old saying goes you don`t know what you got till it`s gone :) This minor set back just helps to re affirm the things I want to get done in my lifetime & has also given me a chance to do research on a few very long multi day adventures :)
Train smart Shane
Shane's an ultra runner and La Sportiva Ambassador, with a taste for adventure, always up for a new and different challenge.